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how will brexit affect students?

Important information about tuition fees, student loans, travel and Erasmus+ programmes at the University of Portsmouth

Brexit information for students

The UK is due to leave the European Union in 2020, but the date of the departure has not yet been finally agreed. We appreciate this is a cause of concern for current and prospective students. The University of Portsmouth is 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.

Tuition fees

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

Student loans

In England, Chris Skidmore MP, the Universities Minister, has confirmed that EU students starting their course in 2019-20 and in 2020-21 at an English higher education institution will remain eligible for financial support from Student Finance England for the entire duration of their course, even in a no-deal scenario.

If you already have an SLC student loan, you will continue to receive instalments for the full duration of your studies and should continue your studies as usual. SLC offer more information on EU Nationals and Student Finance.


Until we have clarity around the nature and date of the UK’s withdrawal 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.

The Government’s current passport advice is that should we leave the EU without a deal, UK nationals will need a minimum of six months remaining on their existing passport prior to travelling to Europe. If, for example, you have a ten-year passport, which is older than 9 years and 6 months on the date you plan to travel, this should to be renewed in advance. A passport checking service is now available on the Government website.

If you have any queries that are not covered on this page please contact for further guidance.

You may also find the Q&A’s prepared by Universities UK helpful, these can be accessed below:

Universities UK International Brexit FAQs

Universities UK International Brexit FAQs for EU students


Academic year 2019/20

There are currently two possible scenarios for the participation of the UK in Erasmus+ until 2020, depending on Brexit negotiations and outcomes:

1. The UK and the EU reach a deal, which would enable the UK to stay in Erasmus+ until the end of the current programme cycle in 2020/21.

This would mean that there are no changes for students starting an Erasmus+ mobility in the academic year 2019/20 and student mobility can go ahead without disruption.

2. The UK leaves the EU without a deal.

In this case, the European Commission Contingency Regulation will come into effect on the date the UK leaves the EU, guaranteeing that participants on mobilities will be able to complete their mobilities and receive funding in full and uninterrupted.

This Regulation does not cover mobility activities which start after the date of withdrawal of the UK from the EU.

At this time of writing (9 July 2019), there is a publicised confirmation from the UK Department for Education that the UK Government will underwrite any mobilities commencing after the UK's exit from the programme and up to the end of the awarded project.

Erasmus+ partnerships with European institutions

It is unclear if Erasmus+ inter-institutional agreements with European partner universities, which need to be in place to undertake a period of funded study abroad, would still be valid in a no-deal scenario. The University of Portsmouth is contacting partner institutions to develop measures to continue collaboration and exchanges in the case of a no-deal. We will make every possible effort to continue offering study abroad places at partner institutions for our degree programmes, especially for those that have an element of mandatory mobility.

Erasmus+ grants

The UK government will only provide funding to cover Erasmus+ grants awarded to UK HEIs after the date of Brexit should there be no-deal. This is known as the Government's guarantee. This guarantee ensures that UK organisations, such as universities, will continue to receive funding over a project's lifetime if they successfully bid into EU-funded programmes before Brexit. 

More information

Although not explicit, the implication is that there would be no UK government replacement programme if the UK government is unsuccessful in negotiating access to the Erasmus+ programme.

The University of Portsmouth has committed to guarantee funding for students planning to go abroad on an Erasmus+ placement for those placements that are a mandatory part of courses for the academic year 2019/20.

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