This page provides practical advice for current and prospective students coming from the EU, as well as links to further information.Read more
FAQs for StudentsThis 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
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.
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]
What Travel/Health Insurance Do I Need to Travel to the Eu?
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.
Tuition Fees, Student Loans and Funding
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 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.
Help and Advice
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:
- UK nationals travelling to the EU: essential information
- Stay up to date with the latest travel advice from the FCO
- Overseas Living Guides provide advice for UK nationals living abroad, including residency
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
If Brexit Is Causing You Wellbeing IssuesContact 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.