Brexit - Information for Students
Help and advice
Brexit information for students
We are firmly committed to the maintenance of a diverse and multicultural staff and student body and to the benefits of teaching, learning and research that our European collaborations bring. The purpose of this page is to provide students some information and guidance on key Brexit matters related to their study, or intention to study, at the University.
Advice to EU students
The UK exited the EU on the 31 January 2020 with a withdrawal deal agreed. From 1 February 2020 we moved into a post-Brexit transition period which is scheduled to end on 31 December 2020.
Students from the EU who hold an offer with us to start in the academic year 2020/21, or who are considering applying in the future, can find information on this page about studying in the UK following Brexit or via the Government website.
Please check regularly for the most up-to-date information.
Last update: 26 October 2020
In May 2019, the UK government confirmed that EU students starting university in 2020/21 academic year will have guaranteed home fee status and financial support for the duration of their course. To find out the latest information, visit the Government website. This applies to the undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes.
Currently there is no information how EU students fee status will be affected for programmes beginning in 2021/2022, however further information will be available in the near future.
Last Update: 26 October 2020
EU student visa requirements
The type of visa you will require will depend on when you arrive in the UK.
If you are a University of Portsmouth offer holder who is an EU, EEA or Swiss national and your course starts before 31 December 2020, you will not require a visa in order to study in the UK before this date.
In order to protect your rights after the UK leaves the EU (meaning you can come to the UK to study, live and work after you have finished your degree), you will need to make an application under the EU Settlement Scheme after you have arrived in the UK, and before 30 June 2021. The application process is easy, user-friendly and free of charge.
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and intend to arrive in the UK on or after 1 January 2021, you will need to apply for a student visa under the UK Government's new Student Route. More information on this can be found on our website here and the UK government website.
Please note you will need to apply before arriving in the UK.
Until we have clarity around the UK’s transition period from the European Union, it is not possible to provide students with specific travel advice. Students are advised to keep up-to-date with information on the Government website and consider that there might be some delays at entry points into the UK and into EU countries.
If you have any queries that are not covered on this page please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further guidance.
You may also find the Q&A prepared by Universities UK helpful.
The UK has now agreed a deal. Under the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK will continue to participate in Erasmus+ until the end of the programme in 2020. This means that students can complete mobility periods, and receive funding, through the Erasmus+ programme until the end of the academic year 2020/21 and possibly 2021/22.
Students eligible to apply for the Erasmus+ programme can still do so and receive funding for 2020/21. We are anticipating that students eligible for funding in 2021/22 will also be able to access the funding. However, as this decision is made outside the University, this is subject to available funds and we will provide further updates soon.