Keele Students and the EU

We would like to reassure you that you are very much welcome at Keele and you can expect to continue your study at the University as normal. Tuition fees for this September are unchanged and Keele has no plans to increase your tuition in future academic years beyond any small annual inflationary increase.

This page is designed to provide some answers to common questions you may have, if you are a current or prospective student at the University, and you feel you may be impacted by the UK's decision to leave the European Union.

Please note: The political environment surrounding the UK’s exit from the EU makes it difficult to clarify all arrangements, but we are intending to keep these pages as up to date as we can during this period.

At present, the UK is planning to leave the EU by 31st January 2020. Depending on whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a withdrawal agreement will affect how people and the University are impacted.

For the most up to date information on Brexit, please visit the UK Government's webpages at www.gov.uk/brexit.

If you are a current or prospective student and are concerned about the impact of Brexit on your studies, you can speak to Student Services in the Tawney Building on campus who will be able to provide you with advice and support.
You can contact Student Services on 01782 734481 or by email at student.services@keele.ac.uk, or by going to the Student Services Centre in the Tawney Building and asking for an appointment.

If you are an international student, there are dedicated drop-in sessions available for you to speak with International Student Services. These times are:
Monday and Friday 10-12pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 2-4pm
Tuesday 5-7pm (during semester only)
All drop-in sessions are held in the Student Services Centre in the Tawney Building.

 


This webpage was last updated November 2019

If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national and are currently studying in the UK, your immigration status will be affected differently depending on whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a withdrawal agreement.

The UK and Ireland have a special arrangement so if you are an Irish citizen you will not need a visa to travel to and from or live in the UK.

Under the current draft withdrawal agreement:

  • Students from EU countries (or EEA or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Leichtenstein) will not need a visa if they arrive before 1 January 2021.
  • If you plan to stay beyond 31 December 2020 (for example, because of the length of your course), you’ll need to apply online for the EU Settlement Scheme. The scheme opened on 30 March 2019. You will need to apply for settled or pre-settled status depending upon how long you have been in the UK.

If the UK leaves without a deal (a ‘no deal’ Brexit)
If the UK were to leave the EU without a withdrawal deal, the UK Government would introduce immigration rules for EU citizens and their immediate family members. This is called European Temporary Leave to Remain. These rules cover EU students who arrive in the UK after the UK leaves the EU. They would only apply if the UK left the EU without a deal.


Under these no-deal rules:

  • After 3 months, you’d need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain (Euro TLR) which would allow you to remain in the UK for up to 36 months. This will be a digital visa which must be applied for online before the end of the 3 month period. This is Free of Charge up to 31st December 2020.
  • Euro TLR will allow you to study and work in the UK until the end of the 36 months.
  • Although you can apply for the Euro TLR at the very end of the 3 months, we recommend that you allow at least 2 weeks to do this.
  • Whilst your Euro TLR application is in progress, as long as you applied before the end of the 3 month entry period you can continue to study at the University.
  • Your European Leave to Remain cannot be extended and at the end of the 36 month period you would have to meet the requirements of the future UK Immigration system.
  • The UK Government is still to define details of future visa regulations, which would apply to students who want to stay longer – for example, to complete a four-year course. These are not expected to be in place before 01/01/2021.

If you are concerned about how Brexit might impact your immigration status you can speak to International Student Support. They are based in the Student Services Centre on campus, and you can contact them by emailing student.services@keele.ac.uk or by phone on 01782 734481.

The UK Government has announced that they will be phasing out the use of EEA National Identity Cards for travelling to the UK during 2020. This means that if you are planning on coming to the UK you must do so on a valid passport as the National Identity Cards will soon not be valid. The UK Government has not yet published the timescales for the phase out of the National Identity Cards, and more information will be published soon.

Visas
If you are a UK national, you do not need a visa to visit the EU. Even following a ‘no-deal’, the EU have confirmed that you do not need a visa if you are travelling to the EU for less than 3 months. This applies to you if you are travelling in the EU for holidays, or to study, but not if you are undertaking paid work. However, you will get your passport stamped at customs, and you will require at least 6 months left on your passport before you travel.
If you are travelling to the EU, you are advised to check out the guidance on the Government website here https://www.gov.uk/visit-europe-brexit

Health/Travel Insurance
If you are travelling to the EU before the end of the transition period (currently 31st December 2020), and the UK leaves with the current draft deal, UK Nationals will continue to receive state healthcare until the final day of the transition period.

If you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) this will remain valid until the UK leaves the EU.

If there is a no-deal Brexit, you will require health and travel insurance in the same way as you would when travelling to a non-EU country.

If you are travelling to the EU, you are advised to check out the guidance on the Government website here https://www.gov.uk/visit-europe-brexit

If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, and if you arrive before 31st December 2020, you will be able to apply for pre-settled status, which gives you the right to live and work in the UK. Once you have lived in the UK for five years, you can apply for settled status.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, and you arrive in the UK after 31st January 2020 and before 31st December 2020, you will need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain. This will grant you the right to work and study in the UK for 36 months. Beyond this time, further immigration policy has not been finalised.

If you are enrol on a programme as a Home/EU student from 2019/20 or 2020/21 you will pay the same tuition fee rate as UK students. You will be eligible to receive loan support from the UK government, and this will continue for the full length of your enrolment on that programme, even if the UK leaves the EU before the end of your programme.

From 2021/22 onwards, it is not clear what fee levels EU students will pay, this will depend on the UK/EU exit negotiations.

You can read the Government's letters have confirming the fee eligibility for EU students for 2019/20 and 2020/21 via these links.

If you are a PhD student starting a PhD programme in the UK in 2019/20 you will be eligible for Research Council PhD Studentships to help fund your studies for the duration of your programme. From 2020/21, it is not clear whether new students will be eligible for this support; this will depend on the UK/EU exit negotiations.

If you have questions regarding your tuition fee eligibility, please contact Student Services, who should be able to provide advice and support. You can contact them via student.services@keele.ac.uk or by phone on 01782 734481.

If the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal, people with pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme or with EU Temporary Leave to Remain can access free NHS care so long as they are ordinarily resident.

For more detailed information regarding EU healthcare eligibility, UKCISA has released a fact sheet. You can find it here.

Yes. Keele University is a global university, we have links with organisations and businesses across the world and have staff and students from over 180 countries. We recognise the value of the diverse community we foster at Keele, and make great efforts to celebrate our differences in culture. Everyone is welcome at Keele.

It has been confirmed that in the case of a No Deal brexit, UK students studying in the EU and EU students studying in the UK under the Erasmus+ scheme will be able to complete their studies and will continue to receive the relevant funding or grants.

If you are due to start an Erasmus+ programme from September 2019, the UK Government has promised to underwrite all successful Erasmus+ bids in the event of a no deal Brexit. They have also committed to engage with the European Commission to secure continued participation in Erasmus+ until 2020. If this is not possible under a No Deal Brexit, alternative arrangement and funding will be needed. There has been no confirmation from the Government of funding or an alternative scheme for Erasmus.

You can find out more about the impact of Brexit on the European Commission's website, here.

If you are due to go on a study abroad programme for either a single semester or an international year with an EU partner, we will make all attempts to ensure you will be able to go. If it is not possible for you to complete your study abroad programme this will not count towards your degree. if you are on a programme with an integrated international year and you cannot complete your international year you will be transferred to an alternative programme without a year abroad.

If you are due to start an international year or semester abroad which may be affected by Brexit, you will have been contacted by the Global Opportunities Team. If you have any questions about your study abroad options, please contact the Global Opportunities Team here.

If for whatever reason, you are unable to attend university for an assessment or an assessment deadline, it is recommended that you submit an Exceptional Circumstances (EC) claim online in the first instance. You should state on your form the reasons for you being unable to attend or hand in the assessment, and provide as much evidence as possible to support your claim. Unforeseen major transport difficulties are considered to be a valid reason for submitting an EC. You can find out more about submitting an EC claim here.

If you are due to miss any lectures or tutorials, we recommend that you contact your module tutor to inform them that you are unable to attend and who may be able to support you by providing class materials.

If your delay has caused unexpected financial or welfare issues, it is recommended that you contact Student Services who may be able to provide support. You can contact Student Services here.

Latest Updates

The Universities Minister announced that EU students starting courses in 2020/21 will have guaranteed home fee status.

Read more at gov.uk.

The government has confirmed that EU students will continue to remain eligible for undergraduate, master’s, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support in academic year 2018 to 2019.

The decision means EU students applying for an undergraduate or master’s course at an English university or further education institution in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will continue to have access to student loans and grants, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU. Read more at gov.uk.

Dear students,

Now that the Prime Minister has officially invoked Article 50, triggering the UK’s formal withdrawal from the EU, I wanted to write to you to let you know how we, as a University, will be responding.

As I've said in my previous messages to staff and students, at Keele University we pride ourselves in our friendly and supportive community that has a genuine sense of inclusiveness. The work we do does not recognise national boundaries and is all the better for that. We are therefore fully committed to ensuring that Keele remains the welcoming community for people from every nation that it has always been, regardless of national or local political movements.

We will continue to work with and support Universities UK (UUK), who tirelessly promote the Education sector’s priorities to influence the negotiations. I am particularly supportive of UUK’s two main priorities below, which they are representing to the Government on behalf of all universities:

Confirmation that EU students starting courses in 2018/19 and 2019/20 will continue to be eligible for home fee status, and eligible for loans and grants
Confirmation of rights to reside and work in the UK post-exit for EU nationals currently working in the sector, and their dependents
I appreciate that you may have many questions about the Brexit decision and what this will mean for you and the University. UUK have usefully published a list of FAQs related to Brexit on their website

For many students, this formal confirmation of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU may be causing further feelings of anxiety about the future. We recognise these concerns, and I would also point you to our Keele and the EU webpages for updates and advice on the support offered.

We hope that the negotiations can bring about the best deal for our universities, the UK and, most importantly, our students and staff.

Kind regards,

Trevor

The government has today (11 October 2016) announced that EU students applying for a place at an English university or further education institution in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants - and will be for the duration of their course. Read more at gov.uk.

There has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals* in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU, as a result of the referendum. Read more at gov.uk.

*All references to EU nationals on this page also cover European Economic Area and Swiss nationals.

On Friday June 24th it was announced that the majority vote in the UK Referendum was for Great Britain to leave the European Union.

We would like to reassure you that you are very much welcome at Keele and you can expect to continue your study at the University as normal. Tuition fees for this September are unchanged and Keele has no plans to increase your tuition in future academic years beyond any small annual inflationary increase. Where your course is eligible for a tuition fee loan through the Student Loan Company, this will continue to be honoured throughout the duration of your studies.

The UK remains a welcoming and attractive destination for students from around the world offering high quality teaching and research opportunities. For the official UK Government statement on higher education and research following the EU referendum see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-on-higher-education-and-research-following-the-eu-referendum

Best wishes,
Keele University

Dear Offer Holder,

On Friday June 24 it was announced that the majority vote in the UK Referendum was for Great Britain to leave the European Union.

We would like to reassure you that you are very much welcome at Keele and can expect to enrol under the terms and conditions detailed in your offer letter. Tuition fees for this September are unchanged and Keele has no plans to increase your tuition in future academic years beyond any small annual inflationary increase. Where your course is eligible for a tuition fee loan through the Student Loan Company, this will continue to be honoured throughout the duration of your studies.

The UK remains a welcoming and attractive destination for students from around the world offering high quality teaching and research opportunities. For the official UK Government statement on higher education and research following the EU referendum see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-on-higher-education-and-research-following-the-eu-referendum

Keele is in the Top 200 most international universities in the World (Times Higher, 2016).

Academic and professional services staff will be travelling to a number of EU cities over the next couple of months to meet with prospective students and we’re already planning our activity for the new academic year.

Should you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to be in touch with Kate Whiston, Deputy Head of International Recruitment e.k.whiston@keele.ac.uk.

We are all very much looking forward to welcoming you to Keele University very soon.

Dear Students

On Thursday there was a majority vote in the UK referendum to leave the EU. This will mean change in the future for people in the UK and for Keele University.

At this point at such a short time after the referendum, it is difficult to know exactly what this will mean. Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty involves a two-year negotiation process between the UK and Member States. It is over this period that the terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union will be determined. During this time period, the UK will remain a member of the EU until those terms have been decided and a conclusion has been reached.

As such, it is business as usual. Keele University is a top 200 university for internationalisation and will remain committed to its internationalisation strategy and to its partners. Keele will also remain committed to providing students with support in studying abroad whether in Europe or further afield. In the short-term, nothing will happen immediately; students, staff and partners should not be affected by the changes within the UK government nor with the negotiations and rhetoric that may be part of the media communication in the UK or abroad.

Your exchange placement is still waiting for you and the Erasmus+ funds that are part of that placement will still be available to you. British Council, the National Agency for Erasmus+, has informed the University that: “Following the announcement of the result of the EU referendum, please continue with Erasmus+ funded activities”.

So, please continue with your preparations for studying abroad but remember your final confirmation will come when grades are released in the middle of July.If there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact contact me.

Best wishes,

Elissa Williams
Global Education Manager

The following statement from the Student Loans Company applies to EU nationals who are currently in receipt of student loans from the Student Loans Company (SLC), and to EU nationals who intend to begin studying from this autumn.

EU nationals or their family members, currently in higher education, and who are assessed as eligible to receive loans and/or grants from the SLC, will continue to receive these loans and grants until they finish their course. This applies to all student finance from the SLC for students in England for which EU nationals are eligible. This includes loans to cover tuition fees (for those resident in the EEA for three years), loans and grants for maintenance (limited to those resident in the UK for at least three years), and some other grants and allowances.

The rules applying to EU nationals, or their family members, who have applied for a place at university from this August to study a course which attracts student support are unchanged. The SLC will assess these applications against existing eligibility criteria, and will provide loans and/or grants in the normal way. EU nationals, or their family members, who are assessed as eligible to receive grants and/ or loans by the SLC will then be eligible for the duration of their study on that course. These eligibility criteria set out that for students beginning study from this August, EU nationals must have been resident in the UK for at least five years in order to apply for a maintenance loan.

Students should consult their university’s student finance office, or the GOV.UK website, for information on what support they can receive.