EU referendum result

The UK’s decision to leave the EU will bring about some changes, but it will be a gradual process. In the short-term, there will be no changes to your freedom of movement, immigration status, tuition fees, and access to student funding. Our participation in EU programmes such as Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 is also unaffected in the short term.

We will update this page with new information as it is available.


The UK is currently set to leave the EU in March 2019. In the meantime it will work with the rest of the EU to determine the exit terms. The University will work to secure terms that are best for our students and staff.

Immigration and fee status

Your immigration and associated fee status have not changed as a result of the vote. The government has also confirmed that EU students starting at the University in 2018/19 or 2019/20 will be eligible for home fee status, which means that you will be charged the same tuition fees as UK students throughout the duration of your course. Our fees and funding web page has more information on tuition fees.

Student loans

EU students who are eligible under current rules to receive loans and grants from the Student Loans Company (SLC) will continue to do so for the duration of their course, including those who intend to begin studying in 2018 or 2019. Our fees and funding web page has more information about funding for EU students.

Postgraduate EU students will also continue to have access to loans for Master’s study. Further information about postgraduate loans is available on the fees and funding web page

Erasmus+ and study abroad

There is no immediate change to our participation in Erasmus+. 

The Draft Withdrawal Agreement confirms that UK universities will continue to be able to participate in the current Erasmus+ programme until its end date in December 2020 and that there will be no change in UK-EU immigration rules until 1 January 2021.

The government's underwrite guarantee states that it will underwrite successful Erasmus+ applications submitted while the UK is still a member of the EU, including those that are not approved until after Brexit or where payments continue after Brexit. 

In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the underwrite guarantee will still stand, although residency and work rights of Erasmus+ students in the UK and the EU would be uncertain. Read the government's technical notice on what happens if there is no deal.

You can contact the Global Opportunities team with queries on Erasmus and study abroad.

Horizon 2020

The referendum result has no immediate effect on those applying to or participating in Horizon 2020. UK researchers and businesses can continue to apply to the programme in the usual way. The future of UK access to European research funding will be decided as a part of wider discussions with the EU.

Please see our Research web pages for general information on EU funded programmes and research.


Further reading

Information for prospective students

If you are thinking of studying at Bristol, read our guidance for prospective students in light of Brexit.

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