The UK has now formally left the EU and we are now in a transition period until 31 December 2020, while the EU and UK negotiate their future relationship.

During the transition period, free movement continues which means that EU/EEA nationals will still be able to enter the UK until 31 December 2020.

If you’re from the EU, EEA-EFTA states or Switzerland, and you’re thinking of coming to study in the UK in 2021, there are a few practical things that might change which depend on when you arrive in the UK.

If you are an Irish national, these changes will not apply to you.

Student finance still available for January and May 2021 degree starts

Student finance is still available via the Students Loans Company for residents of EU, EEA-EFTA states or Switzerland who start full time degree courses in the UK before 31st August 2021, for the duration of their course. For courses starting after 31st August, student finance will not be available for residents of the EU, EEA-EFTA states or Switzerland.

Will I need a visa?

This depends when you arrive in the UK

  • If you arrive in the UK BEFORE 31 December 2020, you will not require a visa to study in the UK in 2021 as long as you register for the EU Settlement Scheme (the deadline for applying is 30 June 2021)
  • If you arrive in the UK FROM 1st January 2021, you will require a visa via the new ‘Student Route’ application process

Act now to secure your January / May 2021 place

Whether or not you will be in the UK before 31st December 2020,
apply today and our friendly admissions and recruitment team will guide you through the process