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 are 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 on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Brexit and visas
If the UK reaches a deal with the EU, then EU/EEA students will not need a visa in order to come and study in the UK. As long as you're resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, you'll be able to travel freely, and if you wish to remain in the UK after that date, you'll be able to apply for pre-settled/settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme at any point before 30 June 2021.
If there's a 'no-deal exit', you'll still be able to travel to the UK and begin studying without having to apply for a visa before you travel. EEA citizens and Swiss citizens will be able to enter the UK and stay for up to three months, during which time they will be able to live, work and study. Staying in the UK beyond the three-month period will require a visa.
Full details of the ‘European Temporary Leave to Remain’ application have not yet been released but our immigration advisors will be on hand to support you in making this application, which we expect to be simple and understandable. This visa will be for a period of three years, so you will be able to complete your course.
Brexit and Erasmus+
The UK Government’s Draft 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.
The UK government plans on withdrawing from the EU with a deal in place, and in this situation there will be an implementation period that lasts until December 31 2020. During this period, British universities will continue to participate in the wider Erasmus+ Programme as normal. This means incoming and outgoing students and staff will receive their Erasmus grants as planned.
The Government intends to secure UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus+ Programme until 2020. As a pledge of its commitment to Erasmus+, the Government issued an underwrite guarantee. This means that it will cover the payment of awards to applicants domiciled in the UK for all successful Erasmus+ bids which have been approved by the European Commission and the National Agency. Bids for 2019/20 were placed in February 2019 and we are expecting an outcome in late spring. In the unlikely event of a no deal Brexit, the university is putting arrangements in place to ensure continued activity with European partners regardless of the outcome of negotiations with the EU.