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SGS is monitoring the situation closely and is engaged in contingency planning for the eventuality of a no-deal scenario.

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FAQs for Students

This page provides practical advice for current and prospective students coming from the EU, as well as links to further information.
The UK is due to leave the EU, and currently has not agreed a Withdrawal Agreement, which could result in a “no-deal” Brexit. 
SGS is monitoring the situation closely and is engaged in contingency planning for the eventuality of a no-deal scenario.
For the latest information on getting ready for Brexit, go to www.gov.uk/brexit

If you have any general queries, email [email protected] and they will direct you to the most appropriate source of help or advice.
 
If you find yourself unable to return to the UK due to travel disruptions and this is likely to affect your exams or studies, you can let SGS know your situation by contacting your department. Alternatively, you can email
[email protected] and they will pass on the information for you.

Rights to Continue Living, Working and Studying

How will a no-deal Brexit impact on immigration to the UK?

In the event of a no-deal exit from the EU, the EU Settlement Scheme will continue to be implemented. This enables EU citizens and their family members living in the UK at the time the UK leaves the EU to secure their status and continue to be able to work, study, and access benefits and services in the UK on the same basis as they do now.

In a no-deal scenario, the government has confirmed that the EU Settlement Scheme will not apply to individuals arriving after the UK leaves the EU. Instead, EU and EEA students will be able to stay in the UK for up to three months, after which they will need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain. This will enable you to work, study and live in the UK for up to 3 years. Once your Leave to Remain expires, you will have to apply under the future immigration system (operational from 2021) for the relevant visa. 

I’m worried about my immigration status – where can I find answers?

You can find information about the EU settlement Scheme, as well as access guidance via a series of FAQs which are regularly updated as there are further developments in UK policy www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families 

Further guidance on applying for settled status can be found on the government website.

You can also ask the Home Office if you have any questions about applying for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme through the EU settled status enquiries service.

Will I be able to stay and work in the UK once I have finished my studies?

If you arrive before the end of the transition period, you will be able to apply for pre-settled status, and once you have been in the UK for 5 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.

Travel after a No-deal Brexit

I am stuck abroad due to travel disruption / cannot make it to an examination

Should the UK exit the European Union without a deal, it is probable that there will be travel disruptions in and around major airports, ports and international railway stations. These disruptions could include cancellations, or delays caused by people travelling with less than 6 months on their passport, having to use the non-EU queue, or extra checks at border control. 

While this would most likely have the greatest effect on travel between the UK and other EU countries, there is also the potential for a knock-on effect on travel to other countries. 

UK citizens travelling to the EU/EEA/Switzerland should ensure they check the guidance issued by the FCO at the point of booking international travel.

EU/EEA/Swiss students who are travelling overseas over the coming months and have not yet applied for pre-settled/settled status, we recommend that you carry in your hand luggage a copy of your Statement of Student Status.

More information is available at www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

Despite disruptions to travel, it is expected that flights between the UK and EU countries will continue even in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The European Commission has published helpful questions and answers that cover this in more detail. 

If you find yourself unable to return to the UK due to travel disruptions, you can let SGS know your situation by contacting your department. Alternatively, you can email [email protected]

Will I need a visa to travel to the EU?

You shouldn’t need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit. The European Commission has advised that even in a no-deal scenario, UK travellers can still visit the EU without a visa for short visits of up to three months, and the same will be offered to European citizens visiting the UK. 

There would however be additional checks on UK citizens visiting the EU. They would get their passports stamped at customs and would only be allowed to stay for up to 90 days. They might also be asked to show evidence that they can financially support themselves and provide reasons for their stay in the EU. 

There may also be changes to the validity of driving licences, and roaming charges would be re-introduced to UK phones in the EU. 

The European Commission has published in March 2019 further information on travelling between the UK and the EU in the event of a no deal

If you have a British passport, the Government has provided an update on travel implications for a no-deal Brexit and issued guidance on new passport rules for travelling to EU countries. The FCO is currently advising the following: 

Once the UK leaves the EU:
1)    You should have six months left on your passport from the date of arrival. 
2)    If you renewed a 10 year adult passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count. 

You are advised to check the FCO guidance for travelling to the EU.

What Travel/Health Insurance Do I Need to Travel to the Eu?

Health Insurance

If the UK leaves the EU with the current negotiated deal, UK nationals in EU countries will continue to receive state healthcare on the same terms until the end of the transition period. Under the current plan the transition would end in 2020 but it could be extended.
You can apply for or renew an EHIC using the official EHIC online application form.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, your access to healthcare when visiting an EU country is likely to change. You should continue to buy travel insurance so you can get the healthcare treatment you need, just as you would if visiting a non-EU country.
If you are using an EHIC issued by the UK, this will still be valid until the UK leaves the EU.

It is advised UK citizens check the guidance issued by the FCO at the point of booking international travel.

Travel Insurance

It is important that you have adequate travel insurance which covers your specific needs, including any known medical conditions or activities you plan to do. It is also worth checking the detail of the policy around travel disruption including delays or cancellations as policies vary.

Tuition Fees, Student Loans and Funding

Will my tuition fees change as a result of Brexit?

Starting at SGS in 2020/21.

If you start on a programme as a home/EU fee student for entry in the academic year 2020/21, you will pay the same tuition fees as UK students, and you will not see any changes to your loan eligibility. This guarantee will apply for the full duration of your enrolment on that specific programme. 

This is subject to any annual increase in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions and the SGS Fees, Charges & Refunds Policy.

If you have any queries relating to student funding/finance, you can email [email protected]

Starting at SGS 2021/22 or beyond

The longer-term implications for EU students who want to apply to study in the UK after the end of the transition period will depend on the outcome of the negotiations and what kind of future relationship is agreed between the UK and the EU. 

The same would apply should the UK leave the EU without a Withdrawal Deal, it will depend on future relationships and policy negotiations. We are working to influence policy in this area and will update and support you as the situation develops.

If you have any queries relating to student funding/finance, you can email [email protected]

Will my fees as a current EU student increase?

The tuition fee status will not change for current EU/EEA students attending UK College courses or for those coming for courses starting in 2020/21. 

EU/EEA students studying at UK Colleges will pay the same fees as UK students for the full duration of their course, even if the course finishes after the UK has left the EU.

From 2021/22 onwards, the fees for EU/EEA students starting courses at UK Colleges will depend on the outcome of the UK's exit negotiations.

We are working to influence policy in this area and will update and support you as the situation develops.

If you have any queries relating to student funding/finance, you can email [email protected]

Health Services 

Will I need Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (CSI)?

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) have published information about healthcare in the UK for EU, EEA and Swiss nationals, and useful information on Brexit and what it means for students and their family

Until the UK leaves, the EU students will continue to have access to healthcare under the same conditions as now.

Once the UK leaves the EU students are advised to apply for pre-settled/settled status as this protects both their immigration status and their access to healthcare. 

I'm worried that shortages will mean that I am unable to get prescribed medicines

SGS is not able to provide prescription drugs for students or provide medical advice. If you are concerned about continuity of supply of medicines, then you should make an appointment with your GP who will be able to advise you.

Help and Advice 

Where can I get advice and support around Brexit?

If you have any general queries, you can email [email protected] and they will direct you to the most appropriate source of help or advice.
You can find information about the EU settlement Scheme, as well as access guidance via a series of FAQs which are regularly updated as there are further developments in UK policy at www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

Studying Abroad 

How will Brexit affect the Erasmus+ programmes?

Practical advice for students currently undertaking, or intending to undertake, an Erasmus+ placement, along with the latest updates can be found at www.erasmusplus.org.uk/brexit-update

The European Commission confirmed that in a No Deal scenario, UK students and trainees abroad and European students in the UK participating in Erasmus+ at the time of the UK's withdrawal can complete their studies and continue to receive the relevant funding or grants.

The uncertainty is around students starting programmes in September 2019. The UK government has reiterated it will underwrite payment of all successful Erasmus+ bids in the event of No Deal. They have also said they will engage with the European Commission to secure the UK’s continued full participation in Erasmus+ until 2020.

If continued Erasmus+ participation (from Sept 19) is not possible under No Deal, alternative arrangements and funding will be needed in order to continue. However, at the moment, there has not been any confirmation from the government of funding or an alternative scheme to replace Erasmus.

If the Withdrawal Agreement is approved, UK participation in Erasmus+ programmes would continue throughout the 2019-20 academic year (in the transition period), and UK students and trainees abroad and European students in the UK could continue to participate in programmes and receive the relevant funding or grants.

Further information can also be found on the UK government website:

The European Commission has also published information on how Brexit will impact the Erasmus+ programme

For Prospective EU Students 

Are EU students welcome at SGS?

Yes. We have a long tradition of European students and partnerships. We currently have over 500 non-UK EU students enrolled at SGS who we value highly.

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

Starting at SGS in 2020/21

If you are an EU citizen and you arrive in the UK during the transition and you intend to stay in the UK longer than three months, you will be able to apply to live and study in the UK, and once you have been here for five years, you will be able to apply for settled status. 

However, you will need to register through a new Home Office registration scheme.

If you arrive by 31 December 2020 but do not qualify for settled status you will be eligible for pre-settled status enabling you to stay until you have reached the five-year threshold. All applications must be submitted by 30 June 2021.

For more information, see the Government policy statement on EU citizens arriving in the UK during the transition period*. 

Starting at SGS after 2020

The immigration status of EU citizens arriving in the UK after 31 December 2020 is at present unclear. We are working to influence policy in this area and will update and support you as the situation develops.

Will I be able to stay and work in the UK once I have finished my studies?

If you arrive before the end of the transition period* (before 31 December 2020), you will be able to apply for a temporary residence permit, and once you have been in the UK for 5 years, you can apply for settled status. Both the temporary residence permit and settled status you give you the right to live and work in the UK.

Please note that if you arrive during the transition period* (currently projected to be between 31 October 2019 and 31 December 2020, unless a deal is agreed and ratified before 31 October 2019), you will need to register through a new Home Office registration scheme. For more information, see the Government policy statement on EU citizens arriving in the UK during the transition period*.
For EU citizens arriving after 31 December 2020, the situation is at present unclear. We will update and support you as the situation develops.

From 1 July 2021, EU citizens and their family members in the UK must hold or have applied for UK immigration status to be here legally.

If Brexit Is Causing You Wellbeing Issues

Contact the SGS Wellbeing Service – details below:
Education & Wellbeing Mentor

Each curriculum department at the College has its own Education & Wellbeing Mentor who can offer you:

  • Confidential, objective information, advice & guidance
  • Strategies and support help you manage practically & emotionally, mediation & advocacy, helping you to communicate and resolve any conflicts
  • Refer or sign post you to other services.

If you are worried about something and you want to speak to someone you can speak to your Education & Wellbeing Mentor.

Where to find us:

Filton Campus, Room CG02
Stroud Campus, Room 228
WISE Campus, Room G32

If you're studying at Bristol Zoo or Queens Road, please contact Katie Payne 07813 993902.
Alternatively, you can email us at [email protected]

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