Brexit: information for students, staff and research partners

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This page was last updated on 4 January 2021

The UK left the European Union on 31 December 2020, following a transition period.

This will lead to changes to the system for EU, EEA and Swiss students coming to the UK to study. It may also have an impact on future research projects and collaboration.

Here at ARU, we recognise that EU, EEA and Swiss students, staff, projects, partnerships and relationships are a key part of our future.

Our diversity and inclusivity makes us what we are. We value the academic and cultural richness that students and colleagues from a wide range of countries bring to our community.

We will continue to welcome all who want to study or work with us.


We know that EU, EEA and Swiss students who want to study in the UK may be concerned about issues such as fees and immigration. We look at this in more detail below, but we can assure you that:

  1. there are no changes to fee eligibility for EU students if you start a course before 1 August 2021
  2. you will continue to be eligible for a range of ARU scholarships.

Applicants and offer holders

If you’ve already applied to ARU, there are no changes to your offer. It is still valid.

We also welcome new applications from students in the EU and around the world – whether you’re interested in an undergraduate, postgraduate or research degree.

You may notice some changes to the rules around visas, immigration and funding. These are detailed below.

+ Visas and immigration

+ Fees, loans and studentships

+ Working while studying

+ Health and medical care

+ University accommodation

+ Staying in the UK after graduation

+ Academic and professional qualifications

Current students

Our EU, EEA and Swiss students are an integral part of our University community. You're free to continue studying with us in the UK.

You (and any family members) may notice a few changes. These are outlined below.

+ Visas and immigration

+ Tuition fees for current students

+ Working while studying

+ Health and medical care

+ Staying in the UK

+ Questions or concerns?


The UK is part of the Erasmus+ student exchange programme. The current programme runs from 2014–2020.

As the UK is leaving with a withdrawal agreement, EU students will still be able to study in the UK through the Erasmus+ scheme up to and throughout the 2020/21 academic year. The same is true for UK students who want to study in Europe.

The European Commission has stated that it will continue to fund Erasmus+ students, both incoming and outgoing, until the end of the Erasmus 2020+ programme. This will cover the 2020/21 academic year.

2021 and beyond

The UK will not participate in Erasmus+ after the 2020/21 academic year. There are plans to introduce a new scheme for UK students and we will publish details once they are available.

Students at universities in Northern Ireland will still be able to take part in Erasmus+, as part of an arrangement with the Irish Government.

We are working with our partner universities in Europe to make sure that student exchange programmes can still take place in future.

Research partners

We remain committed to our research work and other collaborative activity in Europe – both now and in the future.

Projects that are already underway or that have secured European research funding are not at risk. This includes projects forming part of the Horizon 2020 programme.

During the transition period (31 January-31 December 2020), the UK will continue to contribute to the EU budget. It remains in EU programmes, such as Horizon 2020, as if it were a member.

Researchers based in the UK can therefore bid for and take part in most Horizon 2020 calls issued before 31 December 2020, with successful grants covered in full through the EU budget. (A handful of restrictions may apply, for example on projects that involve sensitive security information. If you’re concerned that this might affect a project you’re involved in, contact UKRI:

After 2020, the European Commission will introduce a new programme called Horizon Europe.

The UK Government hopes to 'fully associate' with that, enabling UK-based researchers to participate under the same conditions as member states, and this is currently under negotiation. Where full association is delayed or not possible, the UK Government has said:

"…if there were any gap before we became formally associated, we would implement short-term alternative funding arrangements through proven, attractive UK schemes. During any gap, we would provide funding to UK partners who are successful in bidding to programmes open to third country participation.

"If we do not formally associate to Horizon Europe or Euratom R&T, we will implement ambitious alternatives as quickly as possible from January 2021 and address the funding gap. As a first step we will launch an ambitious new Discovery Fund offering sizeable grants over long periods of time to talented early, mid and late-career researchers, whether already in the UK or coming here from anywhere in the world, to pursue discovery-led, ground-breaking research. We will also scale up and enhance our most prestigious domestic schemes, providing funding to allow UK researchers and innovators to seize opportunities and to allow our institutions to attract and retain international talent. We will make funding available to allow UK partners to participate in European schemes open to third countries."

We know that our collaborative research work – which ranges from supporting ageing populations, mitigating the effects of natural disasters, and developing sources of sustainable energy – brings tangible, positive benefits to society. We fully intend to maintain, and develop, close links with partners across Europe.

The UK Research Office has produced a fact sheet to provide the latest information on the current UK situation in relation to Horizon 2020 and other EU funding schemes.

We will continue to update this information as it becomes available.

ARU staff

Our aim has always been to attract, develop and retain the very best people we can. This includes teaching, research and professional services staff.

The UK’s exit will not affect the immigration status of our EU staff or those that arrive before 31 December 2020, which is the end of the Government’s implementation period. Staff can visit our dedicated page on My.Anglia for more information and advice.

From 1 January 2021 the UK will operate a new points-based system for skilled workers.

If you're not currently a member of staff but are interested in joining ARU, visit our jobs website for detailed information about living and working in the UK.

More information

The following websites are reliable sources of information on some of the issues surrounding Brexit.

Current students

If you're studying at ARU, we're on hand to offer information and support.

Studying at ARU in the future

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