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ADVICE FOR EU STUDENTS

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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 this year and beyond.

This page provides information to 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 29th March when the UK is due to leave the EU.  

Latest update: 20th February 2019

ERASMUS+ STUDENTS – OUTGOING: SALFORD STUDENTS ON A CONFIRMED ERASMUS PLACEMENT IN 2019 

If you are a UK student attending an Erasmus+ placement in 2019 and you already have your grant agreed you will receive your funding for the duration of your placement.This was confirmed in the Technical Notice (29th January) with guidance on Erasmus+ if there’s a no Brexit deal.

If you are planning to travel in the period around the 29th March, you should consider actions that may been required in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.  

For the latest information look at  UK nationals travelling to the EU: essential information, which includes guidance on travel documents, travel insurance, health insurance, mobile phones and banking.

EU STUDENTS APPLYING TO STUDY IN SEPTEMBER 2019 

There is no immediate change to your status in terms of fees and immigration status.
  • Student Loans: 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. You can read the details and some very useful related FAQs at the Universities UK and Student Loan Company.
  • 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.
  • Please see this link for details
  • Tuition Fees: You will pay the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of your course
  • 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.
  • Immigration: There is no immediate change to your immigration status. Further information will be available closer to the date that the UK is expected to leave the EU.
  • If you would like more information on what is currently known about Brexit and how it may affect European students, UKCISA provide useful guides which can be found here and here.
  • Useful UK government statements can be found at Gov UK's website here and UK Parliament website here.

EU STUDENTS WHO BEGAN THEIR STUDIES IN SEPTEMBER 2017 AND SEPTEMBER 2018

For EU students wanting to apply to study in September 2017, and September 2018 there is no immediate change to your status in terms of fees and immigration status.

  • Student Loans: 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 2017 to 2018 academic year. You can read the details here.
  • 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.
  • Please click here for details.
  • Tuition Fees: You will pay the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of your course.
  • EU students applying for a PhD in 2017/18 and 2018/10 will continue to be eligible for Research Council studentships to help fund their studies for the full duration of their course. You can read the details here
  • Immigration: There is no immediate change to your immigration status. Further information will be available closer to the date that the UK is expected to leave the EU.

EU STUDENTS WHO BEGAN THEIR STUDIES IN SEPTEMBER 2016

For current EU and students who began their studies in September 2016 there is no immediate change to your status.

  • Student Loans: The Student Loan Company have confirmed that the rules for EU nationals to access loans and/or grants are unchanged. You can read the details at Student Loan Company.
  • Student Loans for Postgraduate students: There is no change to eligibility for Postgraduate Loans. You can read the details here.
  • Tuition Fees: You will pay the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of your course

The University will continue to monitor information from the UK Government throughout the coming months and we will continue to publish updated information as any changes occur.

Recent guidance published by the government for EU citizens can be found here.

TRAVEL ADVICE

If you are planning to travel around the end of March through April, 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.  The page of collected advice from the UK government on travel topics can be found here.

For students travelling during April, especially in the first fortnight after 29th March, 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
  • As communicated by your school, any travel for University business is currently unavailable to book for the month of April, including trips that involve travelling on 29th March or being outside of the UK on this date.
  • If you have already booked a field trip as part of your curriculum around these dates, these trips are still going ahead. Please contact the group organiser should you have any questions.

ERASMUs+ : after 29th march 2019

On 29 January, the UK Government issued a technical notice with guidance on Erasmus+ if there’s a no Brexit deal.

Planning for a deal – In the event that the UK leaves the EU with a withdrawal agreement in place, the UK will participate in Erasmus+ until the end of the current cycle in 2020. 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 will be able to participate in future Erasmus+ mobility placements.

Planning for a no deal - In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the UK will engage with the European Commission with the aim of securing the UK’s continued full participation in Erasmus+ and ESC until 2020. The government aims to minimise the impact on projects in a no deal scenario and will work closely with the National Agency to update organisations when more information is available from the European Commission.

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