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Brexit Transition Information for European Students from 2021

The UK may have left the European Union but the University of Central Lancashire will always be an international community. Every year we welcome students from across the EU. Find out how you may be affected if you are an EU student and you want to study at UCLan.

Tuition fees

  • If you are a European student joining a programme in January/March 2021, you will remain eligible for the student tuition fee loan.
  • If you are a European student joining a programme from 1 September 2021, you will no longer be eligible to receive a student tuition fee loan and home fee status unless you have settlement status in the UK or are an Irish citizen residing in either Ireland or the UK (see below).
  • From 1 September 2021, all other European students not covered by the above, will have international tuition fee status and pay full international student tuition fees and be eligible for the existing range of international scholarships at UCLan.

If you are a European student joining a programme that commences after December 2020, you will require a Student Visa (unless you have settled or pre-settled status or are an Irish citizen residing in either Ireland or the UK (see below).

All Irish citizens living in Ireland or the UK are exempt from these changes due to the Common Travel Area arrangement. You will continue to be charged home fees and receive the student loan for tuition and maintenance, as you do currently. More information about the Common Travel Area arrangement can be found on the UK Government website.

MBBS programme

If you are a European student (those without pre-settled or settled status or Irish citizens residing in either Ireland or the UK) you will be eligible to apply for the MBBS programme from September 2021 as an international student.

BDS programme

If you are a European student (with pre-settled or settled status or Irish citizens residing in either Ireland or the UK) we are awaiting confirmation from Health Education England about your status and therefore eligibility for HEE funding. We will contact any affected applicants directly.

Settlement Scheme

European students who are currently studying in the UK will be able to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme. You must be in the UK before to make an application before 31 December 2020 and would be covered by the Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement.

The scheme determines whether you will be given settled or pre-settled status.

Settled status

  • You will receive settled status if you have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020 and lived in the UK for a continuous five-year period (known as ‘continuous residence’).
  • You will be able to stay in the UK for as long as you like.

Pre-settled status

If you do not have five years’ continuous residence when you apply, you usually get pre-settled status but must be living in the UK by 31 December 2020.

Students who receive settled or pre-settled status will be able to:

  • Work in the UK.
  • Use the NHS for free, if they are currently.
  • Enrol in education or continue studying.
  • Access public funds (if eligible).

If you are a current European student and decide to return home at Christmas, you should ensure you have applied to the Settlement Scheme before your departure in order to avoid any difficulties returning to the UK in January. As you were residing in the UK prior to 31 December 2020 you will have until 30 June 2021 to apply to the Settlement Scheme - any students in this position would be advised to ensure that they have evidence of their residence in the UK with them upon arrival should it be required in order to avoid having to apply for a Student Visa under the UK points based immigration system.

If you are a new European student starting a course in January 2021, you will either:

  • Need to enter the UK prior to 31December 2020 and apply to the Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021

Or:

  • If entering the UK after 31 December 2020, you will be required to obtain a Student Visa

More information about the Settlement Scheme can be found on the UK Government website.

Visas and Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

January 2021 onwards

If you are a European student entering the UK after 31 December 2020 without settled or pre-settled status and wishing to join a January/March start programme, you will need to apply for a Student Visa under the points based immigration system.

To apply for a Student Visa you will need to:

  • Fill out the online Student Visa application form and pay the £348 application fee (no later than six months after the issue of the CAS).
  • Pay the £470 immigration health surcharge.
  • Book and take a TB test (if applicable).
  • Make sure that you have all the supporting documents to submit your application which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/student-visa/documents-you-must-provide.

Once you have submitted your application, you will need to make an appointment for a biometrics resident permit (BRP).

More information about the UK’s points-based immigration system for European students can be found on the Government website.

Tuition fees, funding and scholarships

From 1 September 2021 all new European students that do not have settled or pre-settled status in the UK, will be liable for the prevailing international tuitions fees, but also be eligible for prevailing international scholarships:

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Undergraduate (Bachelor)

Tuition Fees 2021/22 (per year)

Non-Lab based

£13,000

Lab based

£14,000

MBBS (medicine)

£44,500

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Postgraduate (Masters)

Tuition Fees 2021/22 (per year)

Non-Lab based

£13,500

Lab based

£14,500

All International students will receive our £1,000 International Bursary (applied to each year of study).

Plus, potentially one of the following, depending upon your academic qualifications:

Academic Scholarships (based on final academic scores)

  • Merit: £2,000 per year.
  • Excellence: £3,000 per year.

More details can be found at on our Bursaries and Scholarships page.