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New EU/EEA and Swiss students

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

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

Students from all around the world are welcome to study at Cardiff University. However, immigration regulations may change after the date of a no deal Brexit. Updates regarding this will be provided as and when available.

We use the phrase “no deal” to describe the scenario where the United Kingdom leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

Tuition fees and funding

Courses starting in 2019/20 and 2020/21

Welsh Government has confirmed that European Union students (classed as EU for fee purposes) starting in the academic year 2019/20 and 2020/21 will be eligible to pay the same tuition fees as Welsh students and will also be eligible to receive loans and/or grants from Student Finance Wales (SFW) – subject to the existing eligibility criteria. Students will continue to be eligible for these fees and funding conditions for the full duration of their course.

Immigration rules

Courses longer than 36 months

The UK Government has confirmed that, in the event of a no deal, EU students wishing to study in the country beyond three months can apply for ‘European Temporary Leave to Remain’ – a form of immigration permission lasting up to 36 months. Time spent under this category will not count towards any settlement or indefinite leave to remain.

Those wishing to remain in the UK after 36 months will need to meet the UK’s new immigration rules which will take effect in 2021. Information about these rules have not yet been published.

Courses longer than 36 months with an integral work placement

The UK Government has confirmed that, in the event of a no deal, EU students wishing to work in the country beyond three months can apply for ‘European Temporary Leave to Remain’ – a form of immigration permission lasting up to 36 months. The Government has not yet published any detailed information on this route but has stated that it is appropriate for both work and study.

We would expect work placements to be covered by the same 36-month permission.

If your programme lasts longer than 36 months, you will be expected to make an application to remain in the UK under the new immigration rules that will take effect from 1 January 2021. Information on these rules have not yet been published.

Visiting home before the end of your studies

You will have to comply with any requirements of your temporary leave to remain.

We would therefore advise that you are prepared to provide evidence of your proof of enrolment letter from Student Records to confirm the details of your course at Cardiff University. Your enrolment letter can be found on your SIMS online account.

Working whilst studying

You will have to comply with any requirements of your European Temporary Leave to Remain. Those wishing to remain in the UK to study and/or to work after 36 months will need to meet the UK’s new immigration rules which will take effect in 2021.

Information about these rules have not yet been published."

We do not expect there to be any change to the immigration status of EU students who arrive before the end of the Government's Brexit implementation period on 31 December 2020.

Students will still be able to study in Cardiff after the UK fully leaves the EU (2021) although details regarding fees, funding and immigration regulations are yet to be confirmed. Updates regarding this will be provided as and when available.

Tuition fees and funding

Courses starting in 2019/20 and 2020/21

Welsh Government has confirmed that European Union students (classed as EU for fee purposes) starting in the academic year 2019/20 and 2020/21 will be eligible to pay the same tuition fees as Welsh students and will also be eligible to receive loans and/or grants from Student Finance Wales (SFW) – subject to the existing eligibility criteria. Students will continue to be eligible for these fees and funding conditions for the full duration of their course.

Immigration rules

Students arriving after 31 December 2020

New immigration rules will be implemented in 2021, which will set out the requirements you need to meet to study in the UK from that date onward. The Government has not yet published these rules.

Working whilst studying

We do not expect there to be any change to the working rights of EU students who arrive before the end of the Government's Brexit implementation period on 31 December 2020.

New immigration rules will be implemented in 2021, which will set out the requirements you need to meet to work in the UK from that date onward. The Government has not yet published these rules.

Contact

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

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