Brexit advice and support for our students

While negotiations are ongoing and the situation remains fluid with regard to the UK’s exit from the European Union, we wanted to share the information that we have so far with you. We are responding to developments as they unfold. This page will be updated as soon as we have new information.

Right now, it’s important to state that the University will continue to pursue our mission of excellence in education and research within this new context. We remain committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally-oriented university that is welcoming of students and staff from all countries - and a university where you can find the world in one place.

We’ve tried to include information below about changes that we think might be coming, places you can go for more information, and things we will be doing at Essex.

Health insurance after Brexit

Students in EU27 countries as part of their studies: After Brexit your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) card may not be valid. The University's travel insurance will continue to provide cover for emergency medical expenses. If cover is also required for routine medical appointments you should arrange a personal health insurance policy. This will be at your expense and the cost is not recoverable from the University.

No-deal arrangements for EU citizens post Brexit

Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) have put together the key points from the Government’s new policy paper and updated guidance on the arrangements that will apply to EU citizens and their families who move to the UK after Brexit, in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

EU Settlement Scheme

The Home Office are taking applications from those who wish to remain in the UK after the UK leaves the EU. Apply on the Home Office website.

Please see our EU Settlement Scheme page for more information.

Study Abroad and Erasmus+

On 28 January 2019 the government issued a technical note on the future of the UK’s membership of the Erasmus+ programme in the case of a no-deal Brexit.

Students currently overseas as part of the Erasmus+ programme will be able to continue on, and to receive funding for the agreed duration of, their placements.

The government has also said they would like to stay in the Erasmus+ programme for future calls, if the EU will agree.

However, it is now clear that if, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the UK government does not succeed in securing continued Erasmus+ membership, there will not be a national alternative to provide the additional financial support provided through Erasmus to students going to study or work in EU27 countries. The majority of our students taking up international study abroad opportunities opt to travel to countries outside of the EU. As these exchanges are already not part of the Erasmus+ scheme, they will be unaffected by a no deal Brexit. However, we anticipate that it will still be possible for students to continue to study in Europe but without Erasmus+ funding.

See our study abroad pages to find out more about other sources of funding available to students.

Research projects

While the UK remains a member of the EU (including during any Article 50 extension), and during any transition period under the current withdrawal agreement, the UK continues to have full and equal access to all Horizon 2020 grants.

Funding for all successful applications made during this period has been guaranteed by the UK government to ensure continuity.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the UK government has extended its funding guarantee to pay for UK participation in new H2020 applications as a Third Country.

Third Country partners can only participate in collaborative projects; which means that there will be no access to individual European Research Council Grants (only to ERC Synergy Grants) and no direct access to MSCA Individual Fellowships.

Further information

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