The University and Europe

Impact of the EU referendum

On 23 June 2016 the UK electorate voted in a national referendum to leave the European Union. There is no immediate, material change for our staff, students and EU-funded programmes. Despite the uncertainty at this stage, this site will address many of the immediate issues for staff and students, both current and prospective. We will regularly update this information as developments occur.

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Information for prospective students from the EU who have applied to study at the University of Edinburgh.

International students relaxing in the George Square labyrinth

Information for EU and Erasmus students currently studying at the University of Edinburgh.

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Information for staff who are EU citizens and staff who work on EU-funded Horizon 2020 projects.

Our international outlook

The University of Edinburgh has been influencing the world since 1583. Our global reputation is built on pioneering research and innovation, and world-class teaching. Set in the heart of a beautiful city and a country which is passionate about international relationships, we have always had a commitment to diversity and a community in which students and staff feel valued and welcome. This is something that we will continue to celebrate and embrace.

With an international outlook we continue to see the benefits of student and staff mobility and collaboration across borders. Our international students now represent 41% of our total community, coming from 137 nations, with 28% of our staff coming from 101 nations. Our strong links with universities in Europe and beyond include participation in the Erasmus exchange programme, and we are an active member of a number of international organisations including Universitas 21, the League of European Research Universities and the Coimbra Group. This approach makes the University what it is today.

Strategic Vision 2025

A global university

Our international staff and students make a significant contribution to Edinburgh's world-leading reputation.

Watch as our academics explain why an international outlook is so vital to our success.

Recent statements and discussions around the EU referendum result.

Public events, analysis and research from the University examining what is next for Europe.

Help, support and advice for staff and students.

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