The University of Gloucestershire is a globally welcoming institution. We are proud to host students and staff from at least 17 European Union countries, across 27 subject areas.
A range of levels and programmes
Our EU students study across all levels, covering foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate taught, professional and research programmes. Courses are spread across subject areas including Business and Technology, Arts, Education and Humanities, Media, Natural and Social Sciences, Sport and Exercise and Health and Social Care. The University of Gloucestershire is also actively participating in several partnership and European funded research projects.
On 31 January 2020, the UK left the EU as a result of the Withdrawal Agreement being passed by the UK parliament, and agreed upon by both the UK and the EU. This change may have implications for EU/EEA/Swiss nationals wishing to live and/or study in the UK.
For EU/EEA/ Swiss students, UK Universities has published a FAQs page that may help to clarify some of the issues surrounding Brexit.
More detailed information is contained within the sections below. We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.
Transition period and visas
The UK and the EU have agreed to a transition period, that takes effect now that the UK has left the EU. This transition period will continue until 31 December 2020, but it is possible that this may be extended. During this transition period, new EU/EEA/Swiss students will be able to enter the UK using their passport, and continuing students will be able to remain in the UK.
At the end of the transition period, it is expected that freedom of movement will end. It is therefore important that EU/EEA/Swiss students are prepared to transition onto an appropriate visa category before 31st December 2020, so that they have the correct permission to remain in the UK as we enter 2021.
EEA students resident in the UK on or before 31 December 2020 are eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme and have until 30 June 2021 to do so. More information on the EU Settlement Scheme can be found on the GOV.UK website.
EEA students arriving on or after 1 January 2021 will need to apply through the Student route, ahead of arriving in the UK. This includes those who begin their course in autumn 2020. Further guidance for EEA students can be found in The UK’s points-based immigration system: An introduction for EU students published by HM Government.
The University of Gloucestershire is committed to supporting our students throughout this process. You can find more information and advice on MyGlos Help.
Tuition fees 2020/21
On 28 May 2019, the Universities Minister for England, Chris Skidmore, announced that EU students beginning a degree in England in the academic year 2020/21 will continue to be eligible for the same fees as ‘home’ students.
EU students starting in this year will also remain eligible for loans to cover their tuition fee throughout their entire degree.
Student Finance 2020/2021
EU students who are assessed as eligible to receive grants and/or loans by Student Finance England (SFE) in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 academic year will be eligible for support and home fee status for the duration of their study.
Student Finance support is available to EU students applying in 2019/20 and 2020/21 for undergraduate, masters and postgraduate research programmes
EU students will remain eligible for Research Council studentships for the duration of their course if starting in 2020/21 academic year.
Visas and immigration
EEA students resident in the UK on or before 31 December 2020 are eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme and have until 30 June 2021 to do so. Find out more about the EU Settlement Scheme.
EEA students arriving on or after 1 January 2021 will need to apply through the Student route, ahead of arriving in the UK. This includes those who begin their course in autumn 2020. Further guidance can be found in this Introduction for EU students document published by HM Government.
The University of Gloucestershire is committed to supporting our students throughout this process. More information and guidance is available on MyGlos Help.
Tuition fees and student finance 2021/22
On 23 June 2020, Michelle Donelan, Minister of State for Universities announced that:
– EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status for courses starting in academic year 2021/22.
– EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for undergraduate, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in academic year 2021/22.
This change will not affect:
– EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals starting courses in academic year 2020/21
– EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively
– Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland
Please note that the University of Gloucestershire will continue to welcome EU students to study with us. Please continue to check this webpage for details of fees and scholarships that we will offer to EU, other EEA and Swiss national students for 2021 entry.
EU Grant Award
The EU Grant Award is a tuition fee waiver of £3,000 deducted from each year’s tuition fee. There is no need to apply for this Grant Award, it will be automatically applied by the Admissions Team if you offered a place to study at the university. Students must be domiciled in the EU and be paying international tuition fees. For full eligibility criteria, please refer to the full terms and conditions outlined in the 2021/22 Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy. [UPDATE LINK TO KBA WHEN AVAILABLE]
– The UK Government stated publicly in December 2017 that the United Kingdom is committed to continuing full participation in the Erasmus+ programme up until we leave the European Union. In principle the UK will continue to benefit from all EU programmes, including Erasmus+, until the end of the current budget plan (2014-2020).
– UK students currently overseas on an Erasmus+ placement, and those considering applying to participate in Erasmus+ in academic year 2020/21, will not be affected by the referendum result.
– There has not yet been an agreement on the UK’s relationship with EU programmes that are due to start in 2021 (Horizon Europe and the next Erasmus).
In a statement made on 13 August, the UK government confirmed that European Commission research grants, including Horizon 2020 programme grants, awarded while the UK is still a member of the EU will be guaranteed by the Treasury. This will be the case even when the project continues beyond the UK’s departure from the EU.
With an exciting mix of city and country living in the South West of England, Gloucestershire is a great place to be a student.
From world-famous festivals to international-standard sports facilities, there’s something for everyone and there are great transport links to the nearby cities of Bristol and Birmingham, as well as London.
Contact the team
The team is here to help all prospective and current EU students before and during their studies at the University of Gloucestershire.
If you would like any further information about the implications of Brexit, or our courses, please call us on +44 (0) 3330 141414, chat with us online [ADD CHAT LINK WHEN AVAILABLE] or send us a message via our enquiry form.