Brexit Advice

We are proud of our richly diverse student community, and value highly the contribution of all European citizens in making Bucks New University a great place to both study and work.

Bucks is a university where higher education transcends geopolitical borders. The transformative nature of the education we deliver is bolstered by the opportunities to share and embrace different cultures, providing our students and graduates with a breadth of perspectives to ensure they rise to the global challenges they face.

It is this enriching experience which enables our students to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding to help them make a real difference to society and the world.

The UK’s withdrawal from the EU

The UK-EU withdrawal agreement has been signed by EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and EU Council president Charles Michel. The EU will leave the UK on 31 January at midnight, and an 11-month transition period will then begin.

During the transition period – which runs until the end of 2020 - the UK will still follow all the EU's rules and regulations on trade, travel and business. The UK will remain in the single market and the customs union, and the free movement of people will continue.

You can find out more on the UK Government’s website.

EU citizens who wish to stay in the UK after it leaves the EU

The UK government has reached an agreement with the EU that will protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members living in the UK. It has also reached an agreement with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, and a separate agreement with Switzerland.

These agreements mean that most citizens from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland will need to apply to stay in the UK, and can then continue their lives in the UK as they do now.

Our current EU citizen students and staff who want to continue living in the UK must apply for settled or pre-settled status to be able to:

  • work in the UK
  • use the NHS
  • enrol in education or continue studying
  • access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if you’re eligible for them
  • travel in and out of the UK

The application deadline is 30 June 2021. Further details about the EU Settlement Scheme, and how to apply, can be found on the Government’s website.

Current students

Yes. Most EU citizens will need to apply to continue living and studying in the UK after it leaves the EU.

If you haven’t already done so, you will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. The application deadline is 30 June 2021.

You do not need to apply if you have indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK.

Brexit guidance for EU students in the UK, and how to apply for settled status, can be found on the Government’s website.

The EU settlement scheme is designed to offer EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens and their eligible family members living in the UK the opportunity to protect their residence in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

Please keep up-to-date with information on the UK Council for International Student Affairs’ (UKCISA) website for further information about how Brexit might impact your immigration status.

Universities Minister for England, Chris Skidmore has announced that there will be no change to the tuition fee status of EU students who begin their studies in the 2019/20 or 2020/21 academic years.

This means that there will be no change to the tuition fee status of current EU Bucks students, and that fees will continue to be at the applicable home fee rate for the duration of your course.

Eligibility requirements for current EU students to receive loans and/or grants to fund their studies for the full duration of their course remain unchanged. More information can be found on the Student Loan Company webpage.

The UK continues to participate in Erasmus+ as a full EU member state at this time.

Under the UK-EU withdrawal agreement, the UK would continue to participate in the Erasmus+ programme until 2020/21 and EU funding for participants would be unaffected.

The UK government is yet to announce details about future participation.

For further information, please visit the Erasums+ website.

EU citizens interested in studying at Bucks or holding an offer

Universities Minister for England, Chris Skidmore has announced that there will be no change to the tuition fee status of EU students who begin their studies in the 2019/20 or 2020/21 academic years.

This means that EU students studying at Bucks will pay the same fees as 'home' students for the full duration of their course, even if the course you’re interested in finishes after the UK has left the EU.

The UK government has not issued any guidance on fee status or student support for those commencing study in 2021/22. We will share any updates here.

Eligibility requirements for EU students to receive loans and/or grants to fund their studies for the full duration of their course remains unchanged for those applying to commence their studies in 2019/20 or 2020/21.

You will not need a visa if you are arriving to commence your studies before 1 January 2021.

Please check the British Council’s advice pages and the Government’s website for the latest information.

How Brexit might affect your travel plans

The Government has provided information on its website about how you can prepare for travel to Europe from 1 January 2021.

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows any EU citizen to access state medical care when they are travelling in another EU country.

The UK government has asked all 31 countries to keep valid EHIC cards in use for UK citizens until 31 December 2020.

Travellers in the EU and beyond are advised to have appropriate travel insurance, whether they have an EHIC card or not, as there are limitations to EHIC. Check that it covers your current circumstances, including any medical conditions.

The UK Government has published a website tool to help you check a passport for travel to Europe after Brexit.

Full guidance on driving in the EU after Brexit can be found on the Government's website.

If you have a full UK driving licence you won’t need an additional licence to drive in the EU during the transition period which is due to end in December 2020.

The Government is advising that you will need a GB sticker for your car when driving in the EU after Brexit.

A Green Card is evidence of motor insurance cover when driving abroad. Currently, you do not need a motor insurance Green Card to drive a UK registered vehicle in the EU, EEA, Andorra, Serbia and Switzerland.

From 31 January 2020, UK registered vehicles may need to carry a motor insurance Green Card when driving in the EU and EEA.

Please visit the Government’s website for the latest information about driving in the EU after Brexit.

Under EU rules, the cost of making calls, sending messages or using the internet on your phone in the EU is the same in the UK.

After Brexit, these rules will no longer apply. However, some UK companies have said they may continue to offer this benefit to their customers. Please check with your mobile phone provider.