EU referendum: information for students
The result of the UK Referendum on European Union (EU) membership was confirmed on 24th June 2016. The UK voted to leave the EU. The full ramifications of the decision to leave the EU will not be known for some time. There are unlikely to be any immediate changes, but we will publish changes as they become known in this section of our website.
As the result was confirmed, Professor Sir Paul Curran, President said:
The vote for the UK to leave the European Union came as a shock to the vast majority of us at City and is profoundly unsettling to our many staff and students who hail from the EU and those prospective students wishing to study at City. City is proud of its international profile and reputation and its strong ties with Europe and we will do all that we can to support our staff, students, future students and European partners during this difficult time.
City confirms its commitment to its European students, colleagues and partners as it seeks to influence positively future policies and decisions relating to the UK’s exit from the EU. We will provide regular updates through direct communications to staff, students and partners and via published information on our website.
Information for new students
Information for new students planning to study at City on programmes starting in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years:
- The UK Government has announced that EU students will retain their 'home fee' status - which means they are charged the same tuition fees as UK students - for 2018/19 and 2019/20 entry. Read the latest government statement on fee status for EU students.
- The Student Loans Company has confirmed that EU students starting a degree in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years will continue to have access to funding support for the duration of their studies. The Student Loans Company website is the definitive source of funding information. Read the latest statement from the Student Loans Company about funding support for EU students.
- EU students who register at City in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years (either as a new or continuing student) will be charged the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course.
- Our fees for progressing students may increase in each subsequent year by no more than inflation (measured by the UK Retail Prices Index) dependent on governmental policy.
Information for current students
Information for all current City students:
- The UK Government has confirmed that there will be no change to the immigration or fee status of EU students currently studying at UK universities.
- Current students from the EU will continue to have access to UK student loans for the duration of their studies and these arrangements are entirely unchanged.
- We can confirm that current EU students will continue to be charged the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. This is the ‘regulated UK fee’ and details are included within our course pages.
Information for EU students studying in the UK on the Erasmus programme:
- Erasmus students will continue to be eligible for their Erasmus grants and there will be no immediate changes to their immigration status.
- Information for UK students studying in the EU and elsewhere under the Erasmus programme:
- UK students studying in the EU and elsewhere will continue to be eligible for their Erasmus grants and there will be no immediate changes to their immigration status.
Frequently asked questions
- The EU referendum outcome will not lead to any immediate change to the immigration status of current EU students. This was first confirmed in a statement (27th June 2016) by Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science.
- The longer term implications for EU students who want to apply to study in the UK (e.g. from the 2020/21 academic year onwards) will depend on the outcome of negotiations and what kind of relationship the UK agrees with the EU.
City is a diverse and multicultural community and we encourage you to apply to join us. We welcome students from more than 150 countries across the globe and around a third of our staff are from within the EU. We are also an active participant in the Erasmus exchange programme. Our award-winning student services team is always on hand to provide assistance and support and we very much hope to welcome you to City.
London is similarly diverse and welcoming and this was reflected in London voters signalling very clearly their wish to remain in the EU in the Referendum. The Mayor of London has written an open letter to EU students currently studying, and those thinking of studying, in London setting out how much we value international students in London. This is part of the ‘London is Open’ campaign.
No, as yet there is no change. The immigration status of EU students currently studying in the UK remains unchanged. This will remain the case unless and until the Government decides otherwise.
The immigration status of students commencing their studies in 2017 is unlikely to change, although this has not yet been confirmed.
- There will be no immediate change to the tuition fees paid by current EU students attending UK universities: the fee will be the same as the fee charged to UK students. City has confirmed that the fees for current EU students and for those EU students starting their studies in 2018 and 2019 will remain the same as for UK students. Full details can be found on individual course pages.
- The fees that EU students are required to pay in the longer-term will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations.
EU students will continue to pay the UK fee for the duration of their studies. This will apply to current EU students and EU students commencing their studies with us in both the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years. City has confirmed that these students will pay the UK ‘regulated’ fee for the duration of their studies. This fee will be £9,250 per year.
EU students attending universities in England who are eligible under current rules to receive loans and grants from the Student Loans Company will continue to do so for the duration of courses they are currently enrolled on, and for those starting in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years. Read the latest statement from the Student Loans Company about eligibility for EU students.
Students progressing to postgraduate study at City in 2018/19 and 2019/20 are not affected and their immigration status remains unchanged. City has committed to charging the UK/EU fee as published by us to current EU students and students commencing their studies with us in 2018/19 or 2019/20.
- Students from UK universities currently overseas on an Erasmus+ placement will not be affected by the referendum result.
- The European Commission has confirmed that EU law continues to apply to the full in the United Kingdom until it is no longer a member. This therefore also applies to the projects financed through the Erasmus+ programme.
- In the longer term, City, through Universities UK, will be urging the government to seek assurances from the EU that the UK can continue to access this valuable exchange programme.
- If your resit or deferral means that you will recommence your studies in 2016/17, there is no change to your immigration or fee status and you will continue to be able to access your student loan.
- If your resit or deferral means that you will recommence your studies in 2017, your immigration status is not at this stage confirmed, although it is unlikely to change. We will update these pages as soon as this is known. However, City has confirmed that you will be charged the UK fee if you defer to either 2016 or 2017 for the duration of your studies. The fee you will pay is the fee for the year in which you commence your studies.
- If your deferral is to 2018/19 or beyond, we are unable to confirm either your immigration or fee status at the present time and you should contact Student Services for advice.
If you are a current EU student, or an EU student commencing your studies with us in 2016, you are unaffected by the changes and both your immigration and fee status will remain unchanged for the duration of your studies with us. This includes any placement year, which will be regarded as within the duration of study. This is likely to be the case for students starting with us in 2017, although the UK Government has not yet confirmed that the immigration status of these students will remain unchanged. We will update these pages as soon as this is known.
If you are a current EU student, or an EU student commencing your studies with us in 2016/17, you are unaffected by the changes and both your immigration and fee status will remain unchanged for the duration of your studies with us, including any time spent studying abroad. This is likely to be the case for students starting with us in 2017, although the UK Government has not yet confirmed that the immigration status of these students will remain unchanged. We will update these pages as soon as this is known.
Will the UK continue to have access to EU funding for research and innovation and be able to apply for EU research grants under Horizon 2020?
- There will be no immediate change to the UK university sector's ability to participate in EU research and innovation programmes such as Horizon 2020. This was confirmed in a letter (27th June 2016) by Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science. This has also been confirmed by the EU commissioner for research and innovation.
- The long-term future of UK participation in European science programmes will be decided as part of the UK's exit negotiations. These talks are expected to take up to two years. The UK will remain an EU member during this time and as such will be entitled to participate in EU programmes and apply for EU research grants.
- The government has confirmed that there has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK as a result of the referendum and that it “recognises and values the important contribution made by EU and other non-UK citizens who work, study and live in the UK”.
- The UK remains a member of the EU for the time being and the government has confirmed that there will be no immediate changes to UK visa policies for university staff currently in, or contemplating coming to, the UK from the EU.
- In terms of recruiting EU staff in the longer term, any changes will depend on the kind of relationship the UK negotiates with the EU. However, City is committed to highlighting the value of all EU staff, including researchers, scientists and academics and is working with Universities UK (UUK) to urge the UK government to guarantee that those currently working at UK universities can continue to do so in the long term.
- UUK is also calling on the UK government to make a clear and unequivocal statement that EU nationals currently living in the UK are welcome here, and that any changes to immigration status will only apply to new entrants to the UK.
- City is providing a range of support for its EU staff and full details can be found on the Staff Hub.