Information for applicants

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss national, and you’re thinking of coming to study in the UK, there are a few practical things that might change now that the UK has left the EU. These changes will depend on when you arrive in the UK and when you start your course.

If you are a UK national living in the EU, EEA or Switzerland or an Irish national, these changes will not apply to you. Please see further information below.

Last reviewed: 11 February 2021

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Information for EU, EEA or Swiss nationals

Starting before 31 July 2021

Fees

If you are an EU student joining Oxford Brookes in January 2021, you’ll pay the same ‘home’ fee as a UK student. You’ll also be eligible for undergraduate or postgraduate financial support. EEA and Swiss students will continue to pay international fees unless exemption criteria applies.

This guarantee also extends to Advanced Learner loans, FE and apprenticeships support. The Government announced on 4 July 2019 that EU postgraduates will remain eligible for UKRI studentships for courses starting in 2020/21.

Visas and immigration

If you arrived in the UK before 31 December 2020, you can apply for the EU Settlement Scheme. Find out more about the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you arrive from 1 January 2021 onwards, you will have to apply for a student visa via the new points-based immigration system.

Starting in September 2021 or beyond

Fees

From September 2021, students from the EU will have to pay international student fees as listed on our course pages. If you have Pre-settled or Settled status and have been resident in the UK, Gibraltar, EEA and Switzerland for 3 years, you are likely to still be eligible for 'home' fees and funding. Please see the government website for more information.

We deeply value our students from the EU and we will continue to do all we can to welcome EU students long into the future. Therefore we are delighted to offer a new £4,000 scholarship to EU students taking degree courses at Oxford Brookes in the academic year 2021/22. If you meet the criteria, this scholarship will be applied automatically as a discount to your tuition fees across all years of study.

Please visit our Fees and Funding pages for more detailed information on tuition fees and funding that’s available to you.

Visas and immigration

If you arrive from 1 January 2021 onwards, you will have to apply for a student visa via the new points-based immigration system.

If you were living in the UK before 31st December 2020, you will be eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme which will give you an alternative option to the visa route. Find out more about the EU Settlement Scheme.

Healthcare

If you are applying for a visa via the new Student Route, you will need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) as part of your application, which is £470 per year (or £235 for part of a year). If you are an EU student with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued by an EU country, you may be entitled to a full or partial refund of your immigration health surcharge (IHS) payment after 1 January 2022.

If you have applied for the EU Settlement Scheme and have confirmation of Settled or Pre-Settled Status you will be entitled to use the UK National Healthcare Service (NHS) for free. If you are still awaiting confirmation of your status, you can access the NHS for free as long as you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

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Information for Irish nationals

If you are an Irish national, these changes do not apply to you. The British Ambassador to Ireland has given these words of reassurance:

“The rights and privileges UK and Irish nationals enjoy in each other’s countries will continue, whatever the circumstances of the UK’s exit from the EU. British citizens in Ireland and Irish citizens in the UK will continue to be able to live and work in each other’s countries, and to access healthcare, education, social welfare and benefits including state pensions.”

This is because the UK and Ireland belong to the Common Travel Area that predates the current EU arrangements that will be ending.

Information for UK students living in the EU

UK nationals who live in EU countries, countries in the EEA or Switzerland will be eligible for home fee status if they start their studies in the UK before 1 January 2028.