Brexit: information for students, staff and research partners

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This page was last updated on 1 November 2019

The UK is due to leave the European Union, which is likely to 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.

The situation will be different depending on whether the UK leaves the EU with a deal (withdrawal agreement) or without a deal (no deal).

The European Union has granted the UK a further three-month extension to Brexit, making the new deadline 31 January 2020.

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 in the 2019/20 or 2020/21 academic years
  2. you can still apply for student loans, and a range of ARU scholarships
  3. EU undergraduate students will continue to be eligible for our EU Undergraduate Bursary
  4. assuming the UK leaves the EU with a deal, there is no immediate change to your immigration status.

Applicants and offer holders

If you’ve already applied to ARU and are due to start a course in 2019/20, 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 and immigration – and, to a lesser extent, fees and funding. These are detailed below.

+ Visas and immigration

+ Fees, loans and studentships

+ Working while studying

+ Health and medical care

+ 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.

If the UK leaves the EU with a withdrawal agreement, you (and any family members) may notice a few changes. These are outlined below.

Please note that this information may change if the UK leaves with no deal.

+ Visas and immigration

+ Tuition fees for EU 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.

If the UK agrees 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.

In the event of no deal, the European Commission has stated that it will continue to fund Erasmus+ students who are already in the UK at the point of Brexit. The UK Government has confirmed that it will underwrite Erasmus+ grant funding for any UK students who are already on an Erasmus+ exchange programme, or due to take part in 2019/20.

2021 and beyond

A new Erasmus+ programme is due to run from 2021-27. It’s not yet clear if the UK will be part of this programme; details will be agreed during the transition period after the UK leaves the EU.

We are working with our partner universities in Europe to make sure that student exchange programmes can still take place in future, whether the UK leaves with or without a deal.

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.

In the event of no deal, the UK Government will underwrite Horizon 2020 funding for all projects submitted before the exit. For proposals submitted after the exit, a further ‘Post EU Exit Guarantee Extension’ will cover funding for successful bids open to third country participants. The guarantee would cover the lifetime of their projects, even if these last beyond 2020. After 2020, the European Commission proposes to introduce a new programme called Horizon Europe. The UK will be eligible to participate as a third country.

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 this 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 the end of the Government’s implementation period, which is currently 31 December 2020. It is not clear what changes we may see after that date.

Staff can visit our dedicated page on My.Anglia for more information and advice.

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.

We encourage all eligible students to register to vote, including if you've moved house to attend university. It only takes five minutes and you can register online through Gov.UK.

Studying at ARU in the future

If you have a question about studying at ARU in the future, please contact us at

Alternatively, you can speak to one of our agents in your country.