Brexit Referendum Statement

The Royal Agricultural University has a proud history of welcoming students from across the globe. We believe that our community is enriched by students from Europe and other parts of the world – and Brexit has not changed our view. We remain committed to creating and maintaining an open and inclusive environment for all our students, staff and industry partners.

Current EU students

Our current EU students will retain the same fee status as home students and will continue to enjoy the benefits you do now.

Future EU students holding an offer

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting a degree in 2019-20 and in 2020-21 will pay the same fees as UK students and continue to have access to student loans and other funding for the duration of their courses, even if the course finishes after the UK has left the EU.

The decision means EU students applying for an undergraduate or master’s course at an English university or further education institution in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years will continue to have access to student loans and grants, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU.

Further information can be found at: and

For EU students starting their studies in 2020/21 academic year

EU students who start their studies in 2020/21 will remain eligible for financial support.

EU, non-EU EEA Nationals and Swiss citizens and their eligible family members can still come to the UK without requiring a visa until the end of the transitional period(ends 31 December 2020). They can apply for immigration permission in the UK under the UK government scheme known as the EU settlement scheme. Please note that those who enter the UK before 31 December 2020 will have until 30 June 2021 to apply under the EU settlement scheme.

The EU settlement scheme is designed to offer EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens and their eligible family members living in the UK before the end of the transition period (during which free movement continues) the opportunity to protect their residence in the UK after the transition period has ended.

The settlement scheme is not only for those who intend to settle in the UK after studying. It is immigration permission, which can lead to settlement, but does not have to be used to gain settlement. With permission under the scheme there will be no restrictions on study (where you study or what you study). The EU settlement scheme application is free.

More information and details on the EU settlement scheme can be found on the UKCISA website.

For EU students intending to study in the UK in 2021/22 academic year.

The Minister of State for Universities has announced in a written statement published on the UK parliament website that EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status, undergraduate, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in academic year 2021/22. The Minister clarified that the change “will not affect students starting courses in academic year 2020/21, nor those EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. It will also not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement. ”( updated 24/6/2020).

In terms of immigration there is a new system in place from 1 January 2021. Anyone intending to come to the UK after that date will need to apply using the relevant category of the Immigration Rules that is in place now. The details of the new Immigration system have now been published. You can also visit our website here or the UKCISA website.

Support for current and future EU students

You can gain advice from our Students Services team via email:, or call +44 (0)1285 652531 (ext 2291).

Further clarification on student loan funding for EU students can be gained from Student Loans company.

Universities UK has also produced a Brexit FAQs (frequently asked questions) document which you may find helpful or you can download this UUK-International leaflet.

EU staff at the RAU

Our commitment to EU staff is the same commitment to our EU students. Our staff help to create a thriving, learning, research and knowledge culture for the Royal Agricultural University.