Information for EU students

The UK may have left the European Union (EU) but University College Birmingham will always be an international community.

Our EU and International students make our University a diverse place to study and are a valued part of the community. 

We know that EU and EEA students who want to study in the UK in future may be concerned about issues such as fees and immigration. This page provides practical advice for current and prospective students coming from the EU, as well as links to further information.

We will endeavour to keep this page up to date, but the situation is changing and therefore always check the government website for the latest guidance.

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Information for current students

EU students who started a full degree course in September 2020 or before, who arrived in the UK before 31 December 2020, are:

  • Eligible for home fee status and the tuition fee loan
  • Eligible to apply for the UK’s EU Settlement Scheme, allowing them to remain in the UK after studying, provided they have applied by 30 June 2021.

Can I get the student loan for the rest of my course?

Yes – you are still eligible for the student loan and will be for the duration of your course.

Will my fees change next year?

No – you will have home student fees and financial support, and nothing will change throughout your degree.

Will I need a visa after January 2021?

You will not need a visa if you already live in the UK or if you arrive in the UK on or before 31 December 2020. You will need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme and have it granted.

How do I apply for the EU Settlement Scheme?

You apply for the settlement scheme online – please follow the guidance on the Government website.

What is the deadline to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme?

You must apply by 30 June 2021 for the settlement scheme, but you must be resident in the UK before 31 December 2020.

What evidence do I need to provide in the pre-settlement application?

You can see what evidence you will need to provide on the Government website.

You can find the list of preferred evidence to prove your residence on pp117-119 of this document.

Will I be able to travel with my ID card after January 2021 or will I need a passport?

If you have been awarded the pre-settlement status, you can travel with your ID card. If you have not, you will need a passport.

Will I be able to stay in the UK after graduating?

Any student arriving in the UK on or before 31 December 2020 will be able to apply for ‘pre-settled status’ as part of the EU Settlement Scheme. This will allow you to stay in the UK for five years and then apply for ‘settled status’. Once you have settled status, you’ll be able to remain in the UK indefinitely.

If you have already been in the country for five years, you can apply for settled status straight away.

Can I still come to the UK with Erasmus+?

The UK will continue to participate fully in Erasmus+ until the end of the current programme. This means that EU students can study or work in the UK as part of the current Erasmus+ programme up until the end of the 2021-22 academic year. This is subject to the individual arrangements at each sending university. From 1 January 2021, EU students may be subject to new immigration or visa requirements.

Will my UK degree still be recognised in the EU?

UK degrees are recognised in many countries around the world, and there are several agreements between different countries that support this. Some of these are not related to the European Union which means that after the UK leaves the EU, most UK academic qualifications will still be recognised in the EU.

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Information for students starting their course in January 2021

EU students who are starting a full degree course in January 2021 and have arrived in the UK before 1 January 2021 are:

  • Eligible for home fee status and the tuition fee loan
  • Eligible to apply for the UK’s EU Settlement Scheme, allowing them to remain in the UK after studying, provided they have applied by 30 June 2021.

EU students who are starting a full degree course in January 2021 and arrive in the UK after 31 December 2020:

  • Are eligible for home fee status and tuition fee loan
  • Will need to apply for a student visa through the new Student Route
  • Are eligible for the Graduate Route

Can I get the student loan for September for my course?

Yes – you are still eligible for the student loan and will be for the duration of your course.

Will my fees change next year?

No – you will have home student fees and financial support, and nothing will change throughout your degree.

Will I need a visa if I arrive in the UK after January 2021?

If you arrive in the UK after 31 December 2020, you will need to apply for a visa under the Student Route as part of the new points-based system.

Applicants can apply six months in advance, and you will need to demonstrate that you meet specific requirements. You can find more on the Government website.

What if I arrive in the UK on or before 31 December 2020?

You will not need a visa if you already live in the UK or if you arrive in the UK on or before 31 December 2020, but you need to apply for ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status under the EU Settlement Scheme. You have until 30 June 2021 to make an application.

What evidence do I need to provide in the pre-settlement application?

You can see what evidence you will need to provide on the Government website.

You can find the list of preferred evidence to prove your residence on pp117-119 of this document.

Will I be able to travel with my ID card after January 2021 or will I need a passport?

If you are applying for the visa you will need a passport.

How do I apply to study at University College Birmingham?

You can apply through UCAS or apply directly to study at University College Birmingham – find more information here

Will I be able to stay in the UK after graduating?

Any student arriving in the UK on or before 31 December 2020 will be able to apply for ‘pre-settled status’ as part of the EU Settlement Scheme. This will allow you to stay in the UK for five years and then apply for ‘settled status’. Once you have settled status, you’ll be able to remain in the UK indefinitely.

If you arrive in the UK after 31 December 2020 to start your course, you will need to have made an application under the Student Route under the new points-based system. This allows you to stay in the UK for the duration of your course.

After graduation you will be eligible for the Graduate Route. Launching in summer 2021, the Graduate Route will allow those who have completed a degree at a UK higher education provider and have a track record of compliance to stay in the UK for two years (three years for PhD graduates) to work at any skill level, and to switch into skilled work routes if they find a suitable job.

Will my UK degree still be recognised in the EU?

UK degrees are recognised in many countries around the world, and there are several agreements between different countries that support this. Some of these are not related to the European Union which means that after the UK leaves the EU, most UK academic qualifications will still be recognised in the EU.

Can I still come to the UK with Erasmus+?

The UK will continue to participate fully in Erasmus+ until the end of the current programme. This means that EU students can study or work in the UK as part of the current Erasmus+ programme up until the end of the 2021-22 academic year. This is subject to the individual arrangements at each sending university. From 1 January 2021, EU students may be subject to new immigration or visa requirements.

Information for students starting their course in September 2021

EU students who are starting a full degree course in September 2021 and arriving in the UK after 31 December 2020:

  • Are not eligible for home fee status and the tuition fee loan, so you will pay international fees
  • Will need to apply for a student visa through the new Student Route
  • Are eligible for the Graduate Route

Can I get the student loan for September 2021 for my course?

No – unfortunately EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status and tuition fee loans.

What will my fees be?

The September 2021 International fees can be found here.

Will I need a visa?

Yes - you will need to apply for a visa under the Student Route as part of the new points-based system. Applicants can apply six months in advance, and you will need to demonstrate that you meet specific requirements. You can find more information on the Government website.

How do I apply to study at University College Birmingham?

You can apply directly to study at University College Birmingham by clicking here.

Will I be able to stay in the UK after graduating?

If you arrive in the UK after 31 December 2020 to start your course, you will need to have made an application under the Student Route under the new points-based system. This allows you to stay in the UK for the duration of your course.

After graduation you will be eligible for the Graduate Route. Launching in summer 2021, the Graduate Route will allow those who have completed a degree at a UK higher education provider and have a track record of compliance to stay in the UK for two years (three years for PhD graduates) to work at any skill level, and to switch into skilled work routes if they find a suitable job.

Will my UK degree still be recognised in the EU?

UK degrees are recognised in many countries around the world, and there are several agreements between different countries that support this. Some of these are not related to the European Union which means that after the UK leaves the EU, most UK academic qualifications will still be recognised in the EU.

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What is the EU Settlement Scheme?

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen living in the UK before the end of 31 December 2020, you and your family can apply for the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after this date. If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status.

You must arrive in the UK by 31 December 2020 to be eligible. If you arrive after this date, you will not be eligible and will need to apply for immigration permission under the relevant category at that time.

Settled or pre-settled status

Your eligibility for the EU Settlement Scheme is based on the length of time you have been living in the UK. To obtain settled status you will need to have lived continuously in the UK for five years. If you have less than five years’ continuous residence at the point you apply, you will be eligible for pre-settled status. You can then apply for settled status after you have lived in the UK continuously for five years.

Applying for the Settlement Scheme

When to apply

The EU Settlement Scheme opened on 30 March 2019, and you have until 30 June 2021 to apply.

You and your family members are not required to apply immediately, although you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

How to apply

The Settlement Scheme is through a digital application process. Applications are made online via an app (please note the app only works with Android devices or the iPhone 8 and newer Apple models). The Government has released full guidance and comprehensive step-by-step information on how to apply. Applications are free of charge and you are not required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge.

Required documents

You will need to have the following documents:

  • Current passport or national identity card with biometric chip
  • Proof of continuous residence

The UK has decided, as a matter of domestic policy, that the main requirement for eligibility under the settlement scheme will be continuous residence in the UK.

Proving your residence

The application form will ask for a National Insurance Number and complete an automated check to determine whether you are eligible for settled or pre-settled status.

If you do not have a National Insurance Number, there are other documents that you can use to demonstrate your continuous residency in the UK.

Examples of documents you can use to apply for pre-settled status are:

  • Flight ticket showing when you arrived in the UK
  • Student Status Letter – to request the letter, please email student_services@ucb.ac.uk
  • Monthly or Annual Bank Statement showing money spent in the UK
  • Household or Council Tax Bill

Documents can be photocopies or scans and don't need to be originals.

After your application is submitted

After you have submitted your EU Settlement Scheme application, you should receive a decision within one to four calendar days. Your application may take longer if your case is more complicated.

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