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What Brexit means for students

June 23rd, 2016 was the day the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. The government triggered Article 50 and the exit date of the 29th March now looms large. Much discussion has taken place since, however with no real plan, we look at some of the possibilities that may affect Students in Sheffield.

EU students at Sheffield University

If you are a student and residing here before the 29th March, then the European settlement scheme allows you to retain the rights of settlement in the UK. You will have up to December 2020 to apply. The scheme gained an extension on the 21st of January 2019.

You can find out more from this Government paper on the EU citizens’ rights in the event of a No deal Brexit

UK student researching, working or studying in the EU

Again if this is before the 29th March you will retain the same rights as prior under the Withdrawal agreement. After the cut-off date, you will still be able to go abroad to conduct research, work, or study, though now you may be subject to each country’s own rules.

Fees for university

Your fees will not change on the cut-off date. You will keep the Home fee for the duration of your course. EU students applying to study after Brexit will also keep the home fee for the duration of their course for a further year. The government announced this extra year extension to the financial support from Student Finance England.

Starting University after 2020 is yet to be determined by negotiations.

What about Erasmus +?

Currently, there is no change for current students under the Erasmus+ programme. Under the Withdrawal agreement, there are no changes for the 2020/21 students either. Though in the event of no-deal this may change. You can get more information here.

More information

If you are a student at the University of Sheffield then you can attend some of the University sessions on EU citizen’s rights and Brexit

Please do read all the advice and links as nothing is set in stone yet. However, being forewarned is a good idea. Do consider a backup plan and get advice from your individual university advisers.