Brexit information for students
On 31 January 2020 the UK left the European Union and entered a transition period. The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period with new rules coming into effect on 1 January 2021. For the latest government information, please visit gov.uk/transition.
Here you will find information for students on the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU). This page will be updated when further details become available.
Information for EU students
EU, EEA and Swiss students applying this year, to travel to the UK and start their course in the UK from January 2021
You will need to apply for a student visa through the new points-based immigration system. You can apply up to 6 months in advance of your course starting. Further guidance for EU, EEA and Swiss students can be found here.
EU, EEA and Swiss students who have started/are starting their course this year and who will arrive in the UK by 31 December 2020
If you arrive in the UK by 31 December 2020, apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 to continue living in the UK. More information on the EU Settlement Scheme can be found here. If you have commenced your course online in your home country due to COVID-19, and you would otherwise be studying in the UK, you will be eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme as long as you arrive in the UK by 31 December 2020.
If you are unable to arrive in the UK by 31 December 2020, you will be required to apply to the Student route under the points-based immigration system, to commence studying in the UK. More information on the EU Settlement Scheme can be found here. More information on the UK’s new points-based immigration system can be found here.
EU, EEA and Swiss students who have started/are starting their course this year but have deferred travel until next year
If you are unable to enter the UK by 31 December 2020 and will arrive in the UK from 1 January 2021, you will need to apply for a Student visa through the new points-based immigration system before you travel to the UK. Further guidance for EU, EEA and Swiss students can be found here.
EU, EEA and Swiss students who are currently studying a UK course, have left the UK temporarily, but have not applied to the EUSS and may not be in the UK by 31 December 2020
If you were studying in the UK and have returned home during the pandemic and are continuing with your course online in your home country (when you would otherwise be studying in the UK), you are able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme from outside the UK, so long as you are able to prove that you are still continuously resident in the UK.
This means that you must not have been absent from the UK for more than six months in any 12-month period, except for a single absence of no more than 12 months for an important reason, for example due to studying outside the UK because of COVID-19. You will still be continuously resident in the UK for the purposes of the scheme.
If the course starts before the UK leaves the EU, then EU students can continue to use their EHIC or Provisional Replacement Card (PRC) to access free NHS healthcare. This will apply until the end of the course, even if it finishes after exit day.
EHICs may not be valid if students start their education or training after the UK leaves the EU. These students should buy insurance to cover healthcare as they would if visiting another non-EU country. More information is available on the UKCISA Healthcare in the UK for EU, EEA and Swiss students page.
If you are a student from an EU country, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, and have begun a course of education or training in England before the end of 2020, you may continue to use your EHIC or PRC, if you have one, to access free NHS healthcare until the end of your course. More information can be found on the NHS website.
EU students may also find the following information useful:
Information for UK students
If the exchange or placement finishes before 31 December 2020 and the currently proposed transitional period remains in place in the final deal, UK students should not require permissions to study or work in the EU.
If the exchange or placement is finishing after 31 December 2020, students may need to apply for permissions to study and/or work in some of the EU countries. The applications must be made before the end of the transitional period. More information can be found on the EU Commission page on citizen's rights.
If the UK is not part of Erasmus+ after 2020/21 can Hallam students still participate in a European based placement for work or study?
Yes. The University is securing agreements with EU partner universities for continuation of mobility outside the Erasmus+ scheme. We will continue to seek work placements in the EU for our students. However, the current Erasmus + grants will no longer be available.
UK students may also find the following information useful:
Sheffield Hallam University will continue to participate in Erasmus+ until 2022/23 regardless of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations as we have secured an extended funding contract to cover this duration.