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Studying at Essex after Brexit

The UK has left the European Union, but at Essex our welcome to European students will remain as warm as ever. Here you'll find information about studying at Essex as an EU student after Brexit.


We've been welcoming EU students at Essex with open arms for decades, and we will continue to do so after Brexit. Although the practicalities of coming to study in the UK have changed, Essex will continue to have lots to offer for EU students, and we're here to help you make your journey to Essex as smooth as possible.

Our EU community

EU students are an important part of our student family, and have always been active members of our community. Our EU students have started and run a number of cultural societies, offering an opportunity for students to meet and spend time with students from their country, and for other students to learn about the cultures of our European students.  Our country webpages include details of cultural societies and student networks from your region.

A notable number of our staff are also from the EU, and we form part of the wider European research community, with networks extending across the continent. Part of our commitment to our European networks is our membership in the YUFE and YERUN alliances. Through our partnership with the alliance universities around Europe, our students have the opportunity to apply for a YUFE Diploma Supplement programme, build networks across Europe, or spend time studying abroad at one of the partner universities, either virtually or in person.


Applying to Essex from October 2021

Our academic courses and student services will continue to be available to European students as before, but you should be aware of a few changes to student funding and immigration requirements after the UK has left the European Union. Please note that these changes do not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland.

Funding your studies

If you'll be coming to study in the UK for the first time from October 2021 you are likely to be classified as an international student for tuition fee purposes. This means that you will be required to pay international tuition fees, and will not have access to tuition fee loans from the UK government. In recognition of the changed funding, we have introduced EU scholarships for new undergraduate, masters and research students. The £5,000 undergraduate scholarships are available for the duration of your degree so you'll receive the scholarship for each year of studies in your undergraduate degree. There are additional scholarships and funding sources available for some countries, please check the webpage for your country for further information. 

Coming to the UK to study

Please note that from the 1 October 2021 you will require a valid passport to enter the UK that should be valid for the duration of your stay. It will not be possible to use an EEA or Swiss national identity card to enter the UK unless you have obtained settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, in this case you may be able to use a valid identity card or passport which is registered on your UK Visas and Immigration account. Read the government website for more information.

If you arrived in the UK prior to the end of the transition period (31 December 2020) you should have applied for settlement via the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021, it may still be possible to apply if you have a ‘reasonable excuse’ for why you couldn’t apply by the deadline. Read the government website for more information and the UKCISA guidance.

If you're arriving in the UK after 31 December 2020, you're likely to require a Student visa to study with us in the UK. Find out if you need a visa and read our Immigration webpages for guidance about applying for your Student visa.

Do not travel to the UK before you have the outcome to your visa or EU Settlement application and have been issued with your visa or settled/pre-settled status (EUSS). If you are issued with a Student visa, when it is granted it will have a date it is valid from, you must not attempt to enter the UK before this date. Read our arriving in the UK webpage for more information.

Part-time courses

Please note that if you are an EU or EEA national, you'll only be able to study a part-time course if you hold Settled Status in the UK. If you will need a Student visa to study in the UK then you will not be able to study part-time.

Working in the UK after your studies

If you have a Student visa to study with us, it may be possible for you to stay in the UK to work after you’ve been awarded an eligible qualification, through the new Graduate route. Our courses prepare you for the world of work, and our Student Development Team are on hand to support you in making the most of your time outside of your studies, with careers advice and preparation, and part-time work opportunities to gain real-world work experience (subject to your immigration conditions).

The University was a second home for me, and not just because I spent my time there studying and going to the various venues and societies, but because I found my place there - a place where I could live along with over 148 different nationalities! Not only did I make a lot of connections, but I had the chance to receive an excellent academic experience taught by world-leading academics, who helped me grow both academically and individually. Studying at Essex was also a great boost for my employability. During my three years I successfully finished three paid internships and got paid and unpaid experience as a photographer, peer mentor, course representative, student ambassador and an online brand student blogger.
Mihaela-Georgiana (Mimi) Mihailescu Romania
I chose to come to Essex because of the course and the location of the university. It was really easy to make friends. Essex has a cosmopolitan campus and it's really interesting to learn about everyone's cultures and backgrounds. You also get a lot of support from the academic staff and there's always someone to talk to about any issues you may have with your course. I think the University of Essex is a great university and it has so much to offer; not just academically but socially as well. It's also a very international community which is great because you learn a lot more than you think!
Doriane Hardy Luxembourg