Visas and Immigration for study in the UK

Brexit Information for EU/EEA students

The UK left the European Union on 31st January 2020. If you are from the EU, EEA, or Switzerland, this will affect your immigration status.

The UK has left the EU and the post-Brexit transition period ended on 31st December 2020. This means that EU/EEA nationals are no longer eligible come to the UK under freedom of movement laws.

If you were living in the UK before the transition period ended on 31st December 2020, you (and your family members) are welcome to stay in the UK. To do this, you will need to apply for permission under the EU Settlement Scheme.

The application deadline was the 30th of June, 2021. There are some circumstances under which people can make late applications.

If you are the family member of an EU national, who was living in the UK before the end of 2020, you may still be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. UKVI have guidance on joining family members, which you should read if relevant to your circumstances.

Coming to the UK

Even though the UK has now left the European Union, you are still welcome to come to the UK to study. However, if you were not living here before the end of the transition period (and cannot apply to the settlement scheme as a family member), you will need to apply for a Student Visa.

Our dedicated teams will support you with every step of the visa application process. Please also refer to our guidance on submitting a student visa application. You must have the appropriate visa before you travel, as it's usually not possible to get a Student Visa after arriving in the UK.

Please be aware that nationals of the EU/EEA can still enter the UK without applying for a visa in advance, but only as a visitor. This means that you cannot work and there are restrictions on the type of study you can do. You can also only stay in the UK for a maximum period of 180 days, which in most cases will not be enough to complete one of our programmes.

If you come to the UK as a visitor, you cannot change to any other type of visa, so it is really important to get your visa in advance.

Immigration policy changes frequently. We have made every effort to ensure that this information is correct at the time of writing but it remains subject to change. You should always refer to to ensure that you have up-to-date information.