The University and Europe

Current students

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

The University of Edinburgh prepares students for global futures. Many of Edinburgh’s graduates progress to careers outside the UK. Degrees from the University of Edinburgh will continue to be recognised by employers and universities across Europe and the rest of the world. The UK’s membership of the European Higher Education Area is unaffected by its EU member status.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students

There is no change as a result of the vote. Your immigration status has not changed as a result of the referendum. The fee levels that you are currently charged have not changed as a result of the referendum, and neither has your access to any support you receive from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).

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.

Scottish Government statement: "Reassurance for EU students"

Research Councils UK (RCUK) fees-only funded students

EU students are presently eligible for fees-only funding under Research Council support for postgraduate training. EU students eligible for RCUK support under current rules will continue to be eligible for RCUK fees-only support if currently undertaking or about to start in the 2016/17 academic year, and will continue to receive fees-only funding for the duration of their courses. Future funding arrangements for EU students will be determined as part of the UK’s discussions on its future relationship.

Research Councils UK statement on international collaboration

Erasmus students

Edinburgh students currently studying/working abroad through the Erasmus+ programme

If you are a currently studying or working abroad through the Erasmus+ programme you will continue to be eligible for your Erasmus+ grant funding for as long as the UK remains part of the Erasmus+ programme.

Provided an agreement is reached with the EU that UK universities can participate in Erasmus+ projects after the UK has left the EU, students will be able to go abroad and receive funding through the Erasmus+ programme until the end of the academic year 2020/21.

In the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario, the UK may be forced to withdraw from the Erasmus+ programme as of 29 March 2019. The UK Government has announced that it will underwrite the payment of all successful bids for Erasmus+ funding that are submitted before the UK exits the EU, covering students who are currently abroad. For more information about the UK Government’s underwrite guarantee, please see the British Council’s Brexit update.

The University will continue to monitor external developments and will update current and future Erasmus students as more information becomes known.

UK nationals studying/working in another EU member state as part of the Erasmus+ programme will not require a visa to do so whilst the UK remains in the EU. This will continue to be the case following the UK’s exit from the EU on 29 March 2019, provided that a deal is reached between the EU/EEA and the UK Government which includes a ‘transition period’.

For further information on travelling to the EU in the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario, please see the current UK Government advice on this.

Erasmus+ partner students currently studying in Edinburgh

Students who are currently undertaking a study or work placement at the University of Edinburgh through the Erasmus+ programme, will continue to be eligible for Erasmus+ grants from their home institution for as long as the UK remains part of the Erasmus+ programme.

Provided the UK Government reaches an agreement with the EU that UK universities can participate in Erasmus+ projects after the UK withdraws from the EU, students will be able to come to the University of Edinburgh through the Erasmus+ programme until the end of the academic year 2020/21.

In the unlikely event of a Brexit no deal scenario, the UK may be forced to withdraw from the Erasmus+ programme as of 29 March 2019. This could have implications on the funding available to incoming students through their home institutions and is something inward students should check with their home institution and their National Agency.

If you are a national of an EU or EEA country, or Switzerland, you do not require a visa to study in the UK, for as long as the UK remains part of the EU. This will continue to be the case following the UK’s exit from the EU on 29 March 2019, provided that a deal is reached between the EU/EEA and the UK Government which includes a ‘transition period’. For further information on travelling to the UK after Brexit, please see the following page of the UKCISA website.

Current students planning to take part in the Erasmus scheme

Information for Erasmus applicants

Frequently Asked Questions

As the UK prepares to exit the European Union, we understand that this is an uncertain and anxious time for many people. The University has drawn up a list of Frequently Asked Questions on Brexit for students at Edinburgh:

Brexit planning FAQs for students (22 February 2019)

Erasmus+ FAQs for students and staff (22 February 2019)

Student FAQs on Brexit (27 October 2017)

Rights of Residence for EEA Nationals (17 March 2017)