Information for EU students

We know that EU, EEA and Swiss students who want to study in the UK in future may be concerned about issues such as fees and immigration.

This page contains the latest information and we will continue to update it regularly.

Starting a course in 2021/22

Tuition fees

Following the UK's decision to withdraw from the European Union, the UK Government has confirmed that EU students, will no longer have access to financial support such as student loans from Student Finance England. As a result of this EU students starting a course from the academic year 2021/22 onwards will be charged fees at the international tuition fee rate.

We are pleased to offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help support you and reward our most talented applicants.

This tuition fee change doesn’t affect EU, EEA and Swiss nationals benefiting from UK citizens’ rights under the respective withdrawal agreements. It also does not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, whose right to study and to access benefits and services will remain. Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status.

Visas and immigration

From 1 January 2021 all EU and EEA students arriving in the UK will need to apply for a student visa under a new immigration system. For more information about visas and immigration visit the Gov.uk website or view our immigration pages.

This information doesn't apply to Irish citizens: you will have the right to enter and live in the UK under Common Travel Area Arrangements.

The British Council has provided guidance regarding visas for EU students from 1 January 2021.

Information and guidance for current students

If you're already a student at ARU, the International Student Advice Service pages on MyAnglia have detailed information for you.

Staying in the UK after graduation

If you arrived in the UK before 1 January 2021, you will be able to apply for pre-settled or settled status. It's free, and you have until 30 June 2021 to apply. This allows you to stay in the UK.

The UK is also introducing a new Graduate Route. This will let all international students (including EU students) stay in the UK for two years after finishing a degree course (three years after completing a PhD) to work or look for work.

The Graduate Route will be available from summer 2021.

Academic and professional qualifications

The European Commission has published guidance on professional qualifications.

Some professional qualifications are automatically recognised across the EU and EEA, while others have to be recognised by a Member State.

  • There are no changes if you obtained a professional qualification in the UK before the withdrawal date and it has been recognised by an EU member state. It will still be recognised.
  • If a qualification was obtained, but not recognised, before the withdrawal date, the Commission recommends that Member States take into consideration the fact that the qualification was obtained while the UK was still a member of the EU.
  • Any professional qualifications obtained in the UK after the withdrawal date will be assessed under Member State law and policy.

The professions that are currently covered by automatic recognition are doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, veterinary surgeons and architects.

UK degrees are recognised in many countries around the world and most academic qualifications should still be recognised after the UK leaves the EU.

Questions or concerns?

If you're already studying at ARU and want to talk, our International Student Advice Service can help. Email us: internationaladvice@aru.ac.uk