Queen Mary and Brexit

Information about the Brexit process for EEA students

Notice to all Queen Mary students and prospective students from EU & EEA member states & Switzerland 29 October 2019

  • While the UK remains a member state of the European Union, EU/EEA & Swiss nationals continue to benefit from EU free movement rights. You can continue to enter and reside in the UK without requiring immigration permission. The UK is currently scheduled to exit the European Union on 31 January 2020.
  • If you are resident in the UK before Brexit and studying at Queen Mary, your status will not be affected immediately. If you plan to remain in the UK beyond 31 December 2020, you may need to apply for permission to stay in the UK.
  • If you plan to come to the UK to study at Queen Mary after 31 January 2020 (but before 31 December 2020), you can do so with requiring immigration permission. If you plan to remain in the UK beyond 31 December 2020 you may need to apply for permission to stay in the UK.

Please see the Queen Mary Advice and Counselling Service website for detailed information for EU, EEA & Swiss students about immigration, fees and funding, accessing health care, working, and our Frequently Asked Questions on rights in the UK after Brexit and applying to remain in the UK through the EU Settlement Scheme.

Important funding news

The UK government announced on 28 May that EU students starting in 2020-21 will be able to access UK government funding on the same basis as is available today, for the duration of their course, regardless of whether a deal is reached with the EU or not. There is information about EU funding eligibility in our undergraduate funding advice guide.

Tuition fee levels for EU students who enter UK Higher Education in 2020 will remain at the same level of that of UK students. For information about UK government funding including eligibility please see the Advice and Counselling Service funding guides.

The government has also confirmed that EU nationals starting PhD courses in the academic year 2018-19 will continue to be eligible for Research Council PhD studentships to help fund their studies for the full duration of their course. This will be the case even if the course finishes after the UK has left the European Union.

If you are a prospective student and have any questions about funding, please contact europe@qmul.ac.uk.

Erasmus+ Student and Staff Mobility

Should the UK leave the EU without a deal only, it is now more likely that Queen Mary will have access to funding for student and staff mobilities.

The Erasmus+ National Agency (British Council), usually approves Erasmus+ funding application in June and Queen Mary receives the funding around August. Should the UK leave the EU after this has happened, the European Commission Contingency Regulation will come into effect on the exit date, guaranteeing that participants on mobilities will be able to complete their mobilities in full and uninterrupted. It is expected that the UK government underwrite guarantee will still apply to fund mobilities due to start after the exit date. Confirmation of this from the Department for Education is expected. In this instance, exchanges would continue as normal, and students or staff would not need to do anything.

There remains a risk of the UK leaving the EU with no deal. If this is the case, funding arrangements will most likely not be in place for the 2019/2020 academic year.

We are working closely with our current Erasmus+ and Swiss Mobility partner universities across Europe to ensure that back-up exchange agreements are in place, should the UK leave the EU without a deal.

Questions can be directed to Wiebke Leugers, Erasmus+ Manager (w.leugers@qmul.ac.uk).

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