Last updated: 09 March 2021
The UK has now left the European Union and there is now a transition period for the UK Government and EU leaders to agree the terms of their future relationship.
During this period, we recognise the continued lack of clarity will be of concern to applicants and students.
Our primary consideration during this period is our students and applicants, and in this time of uncertainty, we have developed this information to try and answer key questions on Brexit and ongoing updates. Whilst this information is here to help you, you should always check the following Government website for the latest information which is subject to change:www.gov.uk/transition
Please check this page regularly for updated information and links as we will continue to update content as and when more clarity around Brexit is available.
If you would like to speak to someone or have further questions, we are happy to help. Please contact us using the below details:
If you are a current student, please contact Student Services:
|Student Services Team||Phone|
|Birminghamemail@example.com||+44 (0)20 3944 6260|
|Londonfirstname.lastname@example.org||+44 (0)20 3944 8862|
If you require specific information about Student Finance, please contact our Student Finance Team:
- Email: QAHEFinanceSupport@qa.com
- Tel: 020 3918 7078
If you are thinking of applying or want to speak to someone about your application, please contact our Recruitment Team:
- Email: QAHE.email@example.com
- Tel: 020 3925 1043
Please carefully check which category applies to you and then read the general advice which applies to you.
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 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.
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.
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.
The UK’s new and improved Student route, which falls under the UK’s new points-based immigration system, is now open for applications. The Student route improves on the previous Tier 4 route making for a more streamlined experience for international students. Visas that have been issued through the Tier 4 route are still valid and those eligible will still be able to apply for the Graduate Route when it opens in summer 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 Settlement Scheme
Eligible students should apply for the EU Settlement Scheme should apply at the earliest opportunity. You may be required to give us information as part of your application, enrolment or re-enrolment so if you are eligible, we advise you to do this as soon as you can. Eligible students should apply as early as possible, but not later than 30 June 2021. Read more information on how to apply and find out more about the EU Settlement Scheme.
Eligible students should apply for the EU Settlement Scheme should apply at the earliest opportunity. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021.
It’s free to apply and you can apply online.
Please keep all details on your application, including any correspondence and reference numbers in relation to your application. You may be asked to provide this as part of your application, enrolment or re-enrolment to your course.
Applying for a course
We advise you to include copies of ID, passports or residence permits with your application to your chosen course. If you have applied for the EU Settlement Scheme, please include details with your application.
In relation to degrees outside the UK:
The UK Government in its white paper, The Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, has stated its intention to establish a system on mutual recognition of professional qualifications (MRPQ) that covers the same range of professions as the existing MRPQ Directive.
The UK Government has also issued a ‘no deal’ technical notice on professional qualifications in which it confirms that professionals arriving in the UK with EEA and Swiss qualifications after the exit date will have a means to seek recognition of their qualifications.
In relation to studying a degree in the UK:
UK degrees are recognised in many countries around the world, and there are a number of agreements between different countries that support this. Some of these are not related to the European Union which means that after the UK leaves the EU, most academic qualifications will still be recognised. Recognition of some professional qualifications is more complicated, but UK universities are hoping that the mutual recognition of professional qualifications will continue.
Please check the Government website here for a list of documentation which the UK Government will accept as proof of UK residence.
Fees and finance
If you are an EU/EEA student beginning your programme in the academic year 2020/21, you will pay the same tuition fees as UK students (known as ‘home fee’ status) for the full duration of your course and you will be able to access a tuition fee loan. This will be the case whether your course begins at any time in the 20/21 academic year (including January 2021 and May 2021 intakes).
If you are an EU/EEA student beginning your programme in the academic year 2021/22 (September 2021 onwards) you will no longer be eligible for home fee status or tuition fee loans/financial support for Undergraduate or Postgraduate courses. Your course fee will typically be an International Student Fee from September 2021 onwards.
Scholarships, bursaries and other discounts might be available to you and you should contact us for further information about this.
Please call +44 (0)20 3925 1043 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to speak to someone about this.
Students beginning their studies in 2020/21
EU students will be able to access a tuition fee loan for the full duration of your course if:
- You are beginning your programme in the 2020/21 academic year (for example, this includes degrees starting in September 2020, January 2021 or May, 2021)
- You have been residing in the UK prior to 31st December 2020 (please note you will be required to provide evidence of this to Student Finance England)
You will not need to have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme to apply for funding, but you will need to comply with the residency regulations as an EU migrant worker, or EU student.
Students beginning their studies in 2021/22
EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who do not have Settled Status through the EU Settlement Scheme will no longer be eligible for home fee status or tuition fee loans/financial support for undergraduate or postgraduate courses starting in academic year 2021/22.
EU nationals who hold Settled Status through the EU Settlement Scheme will be able to apply for tuition fee loans from Student Finance England. Please visit the Government website for full eligibility criteria here.
If you require specific information about student finance, please call +44 (0)20 3918 7078 or email QAHEFinanceSupport@qa.com.
You should check your right to work based on your immigration status. If you arrive in the UK before 1 January 2021, and you successfully apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, you have the right to live and work in the UK as part of your status.
If you need to be sponsored to study your chosen course (as an International student), restrictions to the number of hours you can work will apply and be stated on your visa.
Applicants who are eligible for ‘home fee status’ will continue to be able to study our evening and weekend courses. We are not currently able to sponsor International students to study evening and weekend programmes and therefore if you require sponsorship to study as an International student, this course mode will be unavailable to you.
Current students who are eligible for ‘home fee status’ will continue to be able to study our evening and weekend courses. We are not currently able to sponsor International students to study these programmes and therefore if you require sponsorship to study as an International student, this course mode will be unavailable to you.
Detailed information about healthcare in the UK for EU, EEA and Swiss nationals is available from the UK Government website.
During the transition period, European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) will still be valid for accessing medical treatment in the UK and EU. This may change from 2021, so you are advised to check for updates regularly.
If you are an EU student and you started your degree programme before 31st January 2020, the UK Government has confirmed that you will be able to receive free healthcare in the UK using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for the full duration of your studies, even if your courses finishes after 2020.
The situation may change from 2021, so you are advised to check for updates regularly.
Depending on the course you wish to study, International students that are eligible and meet the Student route sponsorship criteria can be sponsored.
Please contact us for more information and to check whether your chosen course has this option, and to ensure you meet any necessary criteria.
Please call +44 (0)20 3925 1043 or email QAHE.email@example.com to speak to someone about this.
For any students arriving in the UK on or before 31 December 2020 should apply for ‘pre-settled status’ as part of the EU Settlement Scheme. This will allow you to continue to travel between the UK and EU without having to apply via the Student route even after 1 January 2021, and allow you to stay in the UK for five years and then apply for ‘settled status’ if desired.
If you arrive in the UK after 31 December 2020 to start your course, you will have had to make an application under the Student route and new points-based system. This allows you to stay in the UK for the duration of your course. After graduation you will be eligible to apply for the Graduate route (provided you arrive in the UK by 6 April 2021 and meet the other eligibility requirements of the route).
We recommend the following websites for the latest advice for students and applicants:
This guidance is for the sole use of applicants and students of courses provided by Ulster University London & Birmingham with QA Higher Education. It is a guide only and must be used in conjunction with the information referenced on the gov.uk website. The information in this guidance is given in good faith and has been carefully checked. However, Ulster University and QA Higher Education accepts no legal responsibility for it’s accuracy.