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The University of Salford has a strong community of EU students studying at undergraduate, postgraduate and research level. We look forward to welcoming EU students for 2020 and many years to come.

This page provides information for applicants and students as the UK goes through the Brexit negotiations and provides links to updated information.

As information is changing, you should always check for up-to-date information, particularly towards the 31st January 2020 when the UK is due to leave the EU.  

You can find the latest UK Government advice here at the ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ website. 

The Office for Students has also produced ‘Advice for EU nationals studying in the UK’.

Lastly, the Government recently published a Studying in the UK: guidance for EU students.

What is ‘Brexit’?

Last amended: 5th February 2020

Tuition Fees and Student Maintenance Support (Loans and Grants)

Tuition Fees: EU nationals currently studying will continue pay the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of your course

The UK Government website has guidance on a variety of subjects relating to Brexit and continues to be updated so you should check for any specific guidance here.  More information can be found at:

Loans and Grants: The Student Loans Company have confirmed that the rules for EU nationals to access loans and/or grants will be unchanged for those applying for university places in the academic year starting in September 2019.  EU students applying will still have access to student funding support and their eligibility will continue throughout their course, even if the UK exits the EU during that period.

The UK Government website has guidance on a variety of subjects relating to Brexit and continues to be updated so you should check for any specific guidance here. More information can be found at:

Postgraduate Study: EU students applying to begin a PhD in the academic year beginning September 2019 will continue to be eligible for Research Council studentships to help fund their studies for the full duration of their course. You can read more details here and also find information about European Research Area funding.

Coming to the UK and Staying Here

The UK Government website has guidance on a variety of subjects relating to Brexit and continues to be updated so you should check for any specific guidance here.  Useful websites include:


The UK Government website has guidance on a variety of subjects relating to Brexit and continues to be updated so you should check for any specific guidance here.  Useful websites include:


If you are a University of Salford student due to take part in an Erasmus+ placement in 2019 2020 for either studies or a traineeship and you already have your grant agreed or you are planning to take part up until the end of 2020, you should receive your funding for the duration of your placement up until the end of 2020. However this is still subject to change based on the eventual agreement reached with the EU.

In the event that the UK leaves the EU with a withdrawal agreement in place, which now looks almost certain, the UK will be able to participate in Erasmus+ until the end of the current cycle in 2020 however this is still subject to agreement from the EU. EU funding for UK participants and projects will be unaffected for the entire lifetime of projects, including those that extend beyond 2020. This means that Salford students and staff will be able to participate in future Erasmus+ mobility placements. 

Note that arrangements for working in the EU during the transition period which will take place from 31st January until, at present, the end of 2020, are subject to change and students taking part in traineeships should be aware that regulations may change before or during their placements and they may be required to register with local authorities to receive a work visa. All students should also ensure they understand what they are entitled to in term of health insurance as the European Health Insurance Card may no longer be valid once the UK leaves the EU. All students should check the UK Government’s ‘Living In Guides at and Information for visiting Europe after Brexit at for the most up to date information.

The current EU Erasmus+ programme is due to be replaced in 2021 with a new project. The UK government has confirmed that they wish to remain in Erasmus+ but this has not been confirmed yet.

Frequently asked questions:

Will the partner institution continue teaching me if the UK is no longer in the EU or part of the Erasmus+ programme?
The majority of our partners have confirmed that they wish to continue working with us regardless of the UK’s exit from the EU and we know that most of our partners do wish to continue to offer support. At the moment, the British Council has confirmed that it should be business as usual for the Erasmus+ programme until the end of 2020. If you have queries about any particular institution, please contact the International Opportunities Team at

Will I be able to continue to access Erasmus+ funding?
In theory, it is business as usual for the Erasmus+ programme until the end of 2020. Anyone taking part in the Erasmus+ programme should remain in close contact with the International Opportunities Team for further updates as and when available.

If you return (or have to return) earlier than expected, there may be a requirement to return unspent funds and you should contact as soon as you are aware of any potential changes to your stay so we can advise.

What arrangements does Salford have in place if I have to return to the UK to continue study?

Schools would only normally accept students back in to their modules within the first three weeks as after this, it would be seen as too late to catch up with relevant reading materials and assessment planning. In extremis, and in the event that you are no longer able to take part in the Erasmus+ programme, your individual case will need to be discussed in your Schools. Schools do not want to penalise you for taking part in Erasmus+ as the arrangements have been made in good faith however alternative assessments may be required if you have been unable to obtain credits as part of the Erasmus+ programme.

If I planned to take part in a year long study placement and therefore received a tuition fee reduction, what happens if I am unable to complete a full year overseas due to the UK’s departure from the EU?
In this case, the fees would need to be recalculated and you would need to pay the standard fee once back at Salford.

Are there any visa implications if I return to the UK earlier than expected and before the end of my planned stay?

We recommend that students exercise caution when travelling back to the UK as waiting times may be longer than expected. Students should also ensure that they monitor any visa and news updates whilst overseas. The International Opportunities Team will advise of any updates once we have information.


Check the UK Government’s webpages for updates.


If you are planning to travel around the end of October through November, here are a few things to take into consideration in light of the upcoming UK exit from the EU. As circumstances can change, do always check for up-to-date information when planning and booking.

For students travelling during November, especially in the first fortnight after 31st October, we would like to emphasise the following points:

You will be expected to be in attendance for compulsory programme activities and assessments. If you travel, plan for delays and disruption and make sure you allow plenty of time to reach, and move between, travel hubs.

  • Consider your contingency arrangements if your travel is delayed, either going or coming back, for example ensuring you have access to additional funds or a credit card.
  • Take extra care to ensure that all your travel documentation is present and up-to-date and that you have checked the requirements for your travel. Students travelling abroad during the Brexit period are advised to carry the proof of study letter you received on registering on your course (for information on how to request a copy go here).
  • Ensure that you have the right travel insurance. · Consider roaming charges by UK mobile phone providers – more information here

If you have questions please contact askUS

If you have questions please contact our Admissions team (if you are a prospective student) or askUS (if you are a current student)