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EU referendum 2016

On 23 June 2016 the UK electorate voted in a national referendum to leave the European Union.

At this moment, there is no immediate, material change for our EU staff, current EU students, potential EU students and EU-funded programmes.

More information relating to working and studying at UWS post-Brexit (i.e travel arrangements in and around the EU and the EU settlement scheme) can be found in our UWS and Europe page.

UWS and Europe

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Tuition fees

EU students commencing their studies in 2019/20 & 2020/21

The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students, studying full time for their first degree and enrolling in the 2018/19, 2019/20 & 2020/21 academic sessions, will be eligible to have their tuition fees paid by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for their full period of study. Students will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students, will retain that status for the duration of their studies, and are eligible for tuition fee support from SAAS.

Please visit the SAAS website for more information:

SAAS Funding for EU Nationals 2019-20 (pdf)
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Current UWS Undergraduate and postgraduate students

There is no change to your status as a direct result of the 2016 EU Referendum vote on leaving the EU as long as:

  • your immigration status has not changed
  • tuition fee levels that you are currently charged have not changed
  • your access to any support you receive from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) has not changed

The Scottish Government has confirmed, following the referendum, that "there has been no change in current funding arrangements and that eligible EU students already studying in Scotland or commencing their studies in the coming months will continue to benefit from free tuition and, for those who meet the residency requirement, associated living cost support."

This above advice also holds true for students with dual nationality, i.e. domiciled outside the EU but holding an EU passport.

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Erasmus+ students

Scottish and EU students will continue to be able to take part in the Erasmus programme until the end of the current cycle in 2020. This means staff and students can complete mobility periods, and receive funding, through the Erasmus+ programme until December 2020.

There is not yet agreement on the UK’s relationship with Erasmus from 2021, but we will be working with the government to ensure this is clear as soon as possible.

More information on Erasmus+ and Brexit

UWS students currently studying at an Erasmus+ partner institution overseas

If you are a current UWS student and are studying, or planning to study with an Erasmus+ partner institution, your immigration status in your host country has not changed as a result of the 2016 EU referendum and you will continue to be eligible for your Erasmus+ grant funding.

Erasmus+ partner students currently studying, or planning to study at UWS

If you are currently an Erasmus+ student at UWS, your immigration status in the UK has not changed as a result of the 2016 EU referendum and you will continue to be eligible for your Erasmus+ grant funding.

Universities UK

Universities UK (the body which represents the voice of all UK Universities) are working with the government on the implications for universities and students of the UK's vote to leave the EU.

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Last updated: 30/01/2020