Brexit

Bath Spa University remains committed to being an open, diverse and internationally-focused university that welcomes students from around the globe.

We're proud of our European student population and are delighted to welcome European applicants. We've gathered some information to help you understand what may be in place if you're from the EU/ EEA and are thinking of coming to study with us in 2020/21.

We have dedicated staff in place to support our applicants from the EU. If you have any questions or concerns that aren't answered here, please don't hesitate to contact our specialist immigration advisors: immigrationadvice@bathspa.ac.uk.

Brexit and visas

The UK left the EU on the 31 January 2020 with the Government's Withdrawal Agreement Bill. After the 31 January 2020, the UK entered a transition period, which will be in place until the 31 December 2020. 

During this time, you'll be able to travel freely between the UK and the EU as before, and if you wish to remain in the UK after the 31 December 2020, you'll be able to apply for pre-settled/settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme at any point before 30 June 2021.

Brexit and Erasmus+

The UK Government’s Withdrawal Agreement confirms the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus+ Programme until the end of the project in 2020. There are no predicted immediate changes, and despite the current uncertainty regarding Brexit, Bath Spa University remains committed to giving all inbound and outbound students the best experience we can offer.

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Brexit and student fees

On 28 May 2019, the UK government confirmed that students who start a higher education course in England in September 2020 (referred to as the 2020-21 academic year) will remain eligible for ‘home fee status’ and financial support as before. This means all EU students who start their course at Bath Spa in September 2020 will pay the same fees as home students for the duration of their course. The Department for Education confirmed that EU students would remain eligible for this whether a deal for leaving the EU is in place or not.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has a series of short videos relating to the UK’s exit from the EU.

FAQs for prospective students

I want to apply to study at Bath Spa – how will Brexit affect my immigration status?

Starting at Bath Spa in 2020

To be eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme, you must be an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen and arrive in the UK before the end of the transition period at 11pm on 31 December 2020.

If you arrive before the end of the transition period, you'll be able to apply for pre-settled status, and once you've been in the UK for five years, you can apply for settled status. Both the pre-settled and settled status give you the right to live and work in the UK. Applications must be submitted by 30 June 2021.

Starting at Bath Spa after 2020

If your course begins in January 2021, we strongly recommend that you enter the UK before the end of 2020 if possible, so that you can enter the UK without a visa and apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

The UK government has announced the introduction of a new UK points-based system. These new arrangements will take effect from 1 January 2021, once freedom of movement between the UK and EU has ended.

Citizens of the EU, EEA and Switzerland will be included in the new points-based system, and will require a visa to enter, work, live and study in the UK. For most students, this will mean applying for a student visa.

The UK Government's 'Introduction for EU students’ provides further information.

After completing a degree course on a student visa, you'll then be eligible for the new graduate immigration route (post-study work visa) to stay and work in the UK for a further two years – or up to three years after a PhD course.

What changes will there be to tuition fees and access to student funding?

Starting in the 2020/21 academic year

The UK government has confirmed that students from the European Union (classed as EU for fee purposes) who begin courses in the 2020/21 academic year will continue to have access to the same fees and funding options as in previous years, for the full duration of their course of study.

Starting in the 2021/22 academic year or beyond

Following the UK's exit from the European Union, the UK government has confirmed that EU, EEA and Swiss nationals starting courses in the 2021/22 academic year will no longer be eligible for home/UK fee status or financial support from Student Finance England.

This means that these students will pay the same fees as international students.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) continues to publish the most up-to-date information regarding fees and student support.

Irish nationals living in the UK or Republic of Ireland will be treated as UK students for fee purposes, due to the UK-Ireland Common Travel Area agreement.

Will I be able to remain in the UK to work once I've finished my studies?

If you've successfully applied to the EU Settlement Scheme and have been granted either settled or pre-settled status, you'll continue to have the right to live and work in the UK after your studies beyond 30 June 2021.

If you're studying in the UK on a student visa, then once you've completed your course you'll be eligible for the new graduate immigration route (post-study work visa) to stay and work in the UK for a further two years – or up to three years after a PhD course.

Will I have to pay for medical care?

Both pre-settled and settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme give you access to public healthcare in the UK – the National Health Service (NHS).

If you arrive in the UK from 1 January 2021 onwards, you'll pay the Immigration Health Surcharge as part of your student visa application, which will give you access to public healthcare in the UK – the National Health Service (NHS).

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