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Brexit for international students

Cardiff University is an international community that values students and staff that come to study and work here from around the world.

We are a friendly university in a welcoming city that has a reputation for openness and tolerance.

We have more than 7,500 international students and 6,800 staff from more than 140 countries. Our alumni reach across 180 countries. This diversity fosters creativity and innovation and is an important part of our culture.

The referendum in which the UK voted by a narrow margin to leave the European Union will not alter this outlook or commitment to our international students and staff.

The UK has a stable democratic system of government and there is nothing in the leave vote which undermines this.

There is no reason to assume any change in the immigration status of current and prospective international students.

We will provide further information as it becomes available.

Brexit and how it may affect you

Has the UK left the European Union?

In June 2016 the UK held a referendum, and its outcome was a decision that the UK should leave the European Union (EU). However, the UK remains a member of the EU at the current time. Discussions are currently ongoing to negotiate the terms in which the UK’s relationship with the EU will be set out when the UK formally leaves the EU.

Will UK exit from the EU affect my ability to come to the UK to study as an international student?

If you have accepted a place to study at Cardiff in September 2019 there is no change to your visa status or your offer to study at the University.

Looking to the future, it is highly unlikely that UK exit from the EU will affect the ability of international students to study in the UK. At present, international students from outside the EU are classified differently for fees purposes from students from the UK and it is likely that this will remain the case. If there were to be changes to the way universities classify students, this would be very unlikely to affect international students.

Will the UK's exit from the EU affect my chances of securing a visa to study in the UK?

Whilst there is always the potential for changes to any country’s immigration system, it is unlikely there would be wide-scale changes to the way the UK student visa system is administered as a result of the UK leaving the EU.

Will there be changes to tuition fees for international students?

Whilst international tuition fees may rise in line with inflation and other factors, it is unlikely there would be any significant change to international tuition fees as a direct result of the UK leaving the EU.

Tuition fees and the terms in which EU students are able to study in the UK for the 2019/20 academic year remain unchanged. Tuition fees and terms under which EU students can study in the UK from 2020 onwards is currently under review by the UK Government as part of the Brexit negotiations. This situation is being monitored closely and further information will be published here when available.

Will the cost of University Residences or general living expenses increase?

Residences fees at Cardiff University will not rise above the advertised price for students entering the University in 2019/20. As with tuition fees, it is always possible that in future years, Residences costs might increase in line with inflation or related factors, and this is a standard procedure.

How will my education be affected by the decision?

Academic life carries on as normal and there is no reason to believe that your education will be affected in any way. UK universities are in the process of trying to clarify how the decision will affect their ability to access European Research funding and European Funding to support student mobility but as an international student this is unlikely to have any impact on you.

Is Wales affected differently to the rest of the UK?

Wales is a constituent part of the UK and will likely be affected in the same way as other UK nations.

Does the UK remain stable and secure?

The UK remains a stable and secure country.  Whilst there has been financial market disruption and major political changes in the wake of the referendum decision, there has been no change in the security and stability of the UK. Life carries on as normal and will continue to do so.

My course involves a placement in Europe. Will this still be possible?

While the UK’s future association with the Erasmus+ programme currently remains unclear, Cardiff University is committed to working with European partners to ensure that students will be able to undertake a period of study or work aboard as part of their degree.

The latest information on the UK’s participation in the Erasmus+ programme can be found on the Erasmus+ UK National Agency website.

Under the current visa system, international students studying in the UK need to apply for a ‘Schengen visa’ to study / travel in the wider EU.  This is unlikely to change when the UK leaves the EU.  This is also likely to be the case for international students who wish to travel in the EU for leisure purposes.

Will finance and funding opportunities be affected?

The extent to which finance/funding opportunities are affected by the UK leaving the EU is still unknown. There is a possibility that funding provided by EU bodies or organisations might be affected. However, Cardiff University is likely to continue offering generous scholarship opportunities to international applicants, and it is likely that other external funding bodies will continue to provide opportunities.