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Brexit information for students

The House of Commons approved the Withdrawal Agreement Bill on Thursday 9 January. It is expected that the Bill will be approved by the House of Lords and given Royal Assent before 31 January 2020. It is now very likely that the UK will leave the EU on 31 January 2020.  After 31 January, the UK will enter a transition period ending on 31 December 2020. During this period the UK will cease to be an EU member but will continue to follow its rules.

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

Will EU students have to apply for a visa to study in the UK?

If the course ends before 31 December 2020, there will be no need to apply for a visa to study in the UK. Students will be able to evidence their right to live, study and work with their national ID card or passport.

If the course starts or finishes after 31 December 2020, EU students may need to apply for the 36-month European Temporary Leave to Remain (EU TLR) permission once this becomes available. The EU TLR visa will be free of charge and can be obtained after arrival in the UK. For more information, please see the page on applying for European temporary leave to remain

Will EU students be able to access student funding after Brexit?

Student Finance England has confirmed that EU students starting a course in 2019/20 or 2020/21 will remain eligible for undergraduate and postgraduate financial support for the duration of their course. More information is available from the UK Council for International Student Affairs.

Will EU students be entitled to free healthcare during their studies?

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. 

EU students may also find the following information useful:

Gov.UK - Visiting the UK after Brexit

UKCISA - Brexit: what does it mean for students and their family?

UKCISA - Healthcare in the UK for EU, EEA and Swiss students

Information for UK students

Will UK students need a visa to undertake a study exchange or a work placement in the EU?

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:

Gov.UK - Studying in the European Union after Brexit

Gov.UK - Visiting Europe after Brexit

NHS - Travelling in the EU, EEA and Switzerland


If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, the UK will continue to participate in Erasmus+ until the end of 2020. Participation beyond the end of 2020 is dependent on the future negotiations.

In the event that the UK leaves the EU with no agreement in place, the UK Government has published guidance for Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps.

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