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New non-UK EU/EEA and Swiss students

This information is for new EU, EEA and Swiss students coming to study at Cardiff University from January 2021 onwards.

The guidance will be reviewed regularly and updated as appropriate. You are advised to check this page regularly for further updates.

From 1 January 2021, new students from the EU will still be able to come and study in Cardiff although new immigration rules will apply. Students starting programmes in the 2021/22 academic year from August 2021 may also be subject to new fee and funding conditions

Immigration rules

Students arriving after 31 December 2020

From 1 January 2021, freedom of movement between the UK and EU will have formally ended. This means that most EU, EEA & Swiss students, arriving after 31 December 2020, will now require a visa to enter the UK to live and study and will apply for their student visa using the new UK points-based system. The process is quick and simple and applied and paid for online. Details about how to apply will be provided with your offer of study.

After completing a degree course on a student visa, you will then be eligible for the new graduate immigration route (post-study work visa) to stay and work in the UK for a further two years – or up to three years after a PhD course.

Tuition fees and funding

Courses starting from 2021/22 onwards

Welsh Government has indicated that, from the 2021/22 academic year, EU students, who are not registered as ‘settled’ in the UK, may no longer be automatically eligible to pay the same home/Welsh tuition fees or to receive funding by way of loans and/or grants through Student Finance Wales (SFW).

We are awaiting Welsh Government and UKCISA guidance as to fee status and assessment details and we will update the information here as soon as it is received.

Vice-Chancellor’s EU Scholarship 2021

We are pleased to announce the new Vice-Chancellor’s EU Scholarship for the 2021/22 academic year available to EU, EEA and Swiss students paying international fees across a wide range of subject areas. The Scholarships award a £5,000 tuition reduction for each year of study at both undergraduate and postgraduate taught levels of study.


If you have any questions, please contact us for further advice.

International Office