We have listed the most common questions about Brexit and studying at Imperial below. If you have further questions, please contact: academic.registrar@imperial.ac.uk

Please note: This content is reviewed every week. If there has been an update to the content within the last fortnight there will be an asterisk (*) next to the relevant question. Each answer will display the dates when it was last updated and reviewed, e.g. (Updated 01/10/20 | Reviewed 20/11/20).

FAQs for existing students

I am a student from the EU/EEA. Can I apply for the EU Settlement Scheme?*

You will need to apply for pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme if you wish to retain your right to live, work and/or study in the UK after the UK has left the EU. The settlement scheme is not just for people wanting to stay in the UK indefinitely - it is the best way for current EU national students to preserve their status in the UK.

You will need to have been resident in the UK since before 31 December 2020 and apply by 30 June 2021.

You will be able to apply for settled/pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme. You can apply from outside the UK if you are currently studying remotely as long as you have been resident in the UK within the last 12 months. 

 Please see the EU Settlement Scheme FAQs and the International Student Support webpages  for more detail.

(Updated 6/1/21 | Reviewed 19/1/21)

I am a current student from the EU/EEA and enrolled on my course before the 31st July 2021. Will Brexit affect my fee status?

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who have begun a course before the 31st July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

(Updated 3/12/20 | Reviewed 19/1/21)

Will I have to get a visa?

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens will require a passport to enter the UK from October 2021. We recommend that you apply for and obtain a passport as soon as possible if you do not already have one. 

EU/EEA/Swiss students that were resident in the UK before 31 December 2020 can apply to the EU settlement scheme until 30 June 2021 to retain their right to live and work in the UK.

(Updated 6/1/21 | Reviewed 19/1/21)

Can I still receive loans and grants?

Government has confirmed that EU students starting an undergraduate or postgraduate course in 2019/20 and 2020/21 will still be eligible for home fee status and for financial support as per existing rules. 

(Updated 14/01/20 | Reviewed 19/1/21)

FAQs for students starting in 2020/21

I have started a course at Imperial in 2020/21. Do I need a visa or can I apply for settled status?*

If you were resident in the UK before 31 December 2020 you will not need a visa and you can make an application through the EU Settlement Scheme until 30 June 2021.

If you begin studying your course remotely from outside the UK and have not been resident in the UK in the last 12 months this does not count as UK residence and will not make you eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme. You will then need a student visa before you travel to the UK from 1 January 2021. Please see the International Student Support webpages  for more detail.

You must let the admissions team know that you require a student visa so that they can issue the relevant documents to enable you to make the visa application. To request a CAS please email admissions-cas@imperial.ac.uk with the following information:

 Your name

Nationality

CID

Confirmation of fees paid to date

 Please attach a copy of your passport ID page with the email and put ‘EU national CAS request’ in the subject line.

(Updated 6/1/21 | Reviewed 19/1/21)

I am an EU/EEA/Swiss national with an offer to start a course at Imperial before the 31st July 2021. Will Brexit affect my fee status?*

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31st July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

You can find all the latest information on our dedicated webpages for offer holders and read more about how we assess your fee status.

(Updated 3/12/20 | Reviewed 19/1/20)

Can I still receive loans and grants?

Government has confirmed that EU/EEA students starting an undergraduate or postgraduate course in 2019/20 and 2020/21 will still be eligible for financial support as per existing rules. 

(Updated 17/08/20 | Reviewed 19/1/20)

FAQs for students starting in 2021/22

I am a student from the EU/EEA interested in starting a course at Imperial in 2021/22. Will I need a visa?*

Yes, students arriving from 1 January 2021 and beyond will need to apply for a student visa, unless you already hold settled or pre-settled status. This does not apply to Irish nationals.

Once you have accepted your place at Imperial, you can apply for your visa from 6 months before your course starts. The College’s International Student Support team will help you with this process.

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals have been added to the list of ‘low risk’ nationals. Students from these countries are not required to submit evidence to show that they meet the financial requirements or provide their academic qualifications used to obtain an offer of study. The Home Office however retain the right to request sight of these documents.

 You can find more details about the student visa route and how to apply on the International Student Support webpages. 

After you graduate, you will eligible for the new Graduate route, which will allow students to stay and work in the UK for two years after graduation. 

 (Updated 1/12/20 | Reviewed 19/1/20)

I am an EU/EEA/Swiss national with an offer to start a course at Imperial from the 1st August 2021 or after. Will Brexit affect my fee status?*

The Government has confirmed EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee.

Please note we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students with Citizens Rights benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

You can find more information for students starting their course from the 1st August 2021 from the UK Council for International Student Affairs and read more about how we assess your fee status.

(Updated 3/12/20 | Reviewed 19/1/20)

General FAQs

I am an EU/EEA/ Swiss student. Can I still apply for PhD funding?

The tuition fee status of EU students will change from 'Home' to 'Overseas' from 6 August 2021. International PhD students, including those from EU countries, will be offered increased scholarship opportunities from next year.

(Updated 12/11/20 | Reviewed 19/1/20)

What about Erasmus+ grants and study abroad opportunities?

Latest updates on Erasmus+ and study abroad can be found on the dedicated College Erasmus+ site.

 

Will my UK degree still be recognised in the EU?*

UK degrees are recognised in many countries around the world, and there are a number of agreements between different countries that support this. Some of these are not related to the European Union – for example, the Bologna process. Participation in the Bologna Process will remain open to the UK after the withdrawal from the EU.

There is no provision in the UK-EU Brexit deal for the automatic mutual recognition of professional qualifications, meaning it will be up for individual EU member states to decide whether to recognise professional qualifications obtained at UK institutions. However, the agreement sets up a mechanism for qualifications to be recognised in future. 

(Updated 5/1/21 | Reviewed 19/1/21)

Can EU/EEA graduates from Imperial still take up job offers in the UK?

Yes. 

If you are obtaining settled status, you are maintaining your right to live, work and study in the UK and access public services, such as healthcare and benefits.

If you have arrived in the UK after 31 December 2020, or have not been able to obtain settled or pre-settled status, you will eligible for the new Graduate route, which will allow students to stay and work in the UK for two years after graduation. 

(Updated 5/1/21 | Reviewed 19/1/21)

Will travel be affected?*

Travel to the EU has changed on 1 January: you may need to renew your passport and check travel insurance and healthcare cover and you may need a visa or permit to stay for longer than 90 days in any 180-day period, to work or study.

EU nationals can continue to travel to the UK without a visa for visits shorter than 6 months and EU ID cards will be accepted at the border until October 2021.

In light of possible COVID-19 restrictions throughout Europe, staff and students should check each country’s travel advice page before travelling to and from the EU to see if any restrictions apply. It is also advisable to check with the travel operator/carrier.

(Updated 5/1/21 | Reviewed 19/1/21)

I’m concerned about Brexit. What is Imperial doing?

On the morning of the 2016 Brexit referendum result, Imperial’s President Alice Gast made it clear that “Imperial is, and will remain, a European university.” We have lived up to that – and we will do so, whatever political challenges we may face.

 We are working to influence government, officials and politicians in Westminster and Brussels.

On the morning of the 2016 Brexit referendum result, Imperial’s President Alice Gast made it clear that “Imperial is, and will remain, a European university.” We have lived up to that – and we will do so, whatever political challenges we may face.

We are working to influence government, officials and politicians in Westminster and Brussels.

  • We are making the case for continued access to EU programmes supporting excellent research, and guarantees on the rights of EU citizens.
  • We campaigned for and secured visa reforms that will offer easier access for global talent in the new immigration system.
  • We have formed a seed fund to support new European research collaborations and are developing new European partnerships, such as that between Imperial Department of Mathematics and France’s CNRS research agency and Imperial and the Technical University Munich.

Imperial is a European university with global reach. Collaborating across borders with people from different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities is what drives the world’s best universities. It’s why Imperial is the UK’s most international university, and it’s one of the reasons we’re among the world’s top ten universities.