As the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, the British Council has been working with our European neighbours for over eighty years and we will continue to do so. We have always believed in the strength of engaging with multilateral institutions and we will find ways to continue to work in partnership with other European countries and with EU institutions to create opportunities, build connections and engender trust.

Culture, language and ideas know no borders. As this is the core of our work, in Italy we will continue to deliver all services and cultural relations programmes as planned.


The British Council published ‘The Morning After’; a collection of essays from key figures in culture, politics and science, reflecting on the UK’s relationship with Europe. For fresh perspectives, visit our The Morning After webpage

We believe that in view of the result of the United Kingdom’s referendum on EU membership, the cultural connection between the UK and other European nations will remain vital, and can help to build confidence and trust in whatever political and economic settlement is finally reached.” Rebecca Walton director EU Region


The UK currently remains a member of the EU, and we continue to meet our obligations and receive relevant funding. However we understand that there will be questions about the broader impact of the referendum. Many of these questions will need to be considered as part of wider discussion about the UK’s future relationship with the EU. Where we can provide further information, we will do so.


The UK has some of the best universities and researchers in the world, and international students, academics and researchers play a significant part in that success. If you've applied to study in the UK and are concerned about what the referendum results mean for you, here are some things you can do to find out more information:

European Union students studying in England and enrolling in 2019-20 and in 2020-21 will continue to be eligible for ‘home fee status’, which means they will be charged the same tuition fees as UK students. More information is available from the Department of Education website

European Union students studying in Scotland and enrolling in 2019-20 and in 2020-21 will be guaranteed free tuition for the duration of their courses. More information is available on the Universities Scotland website and from the Scottish Government

EU students studying in the UK under the Erasmus programme: Their immigration status has not changed, and they continue to be eligible for their Erasmus grant until as long as we remain a member of the EU and could well be extended beyond this. UUK is liaising with the British Council as National Agency for Erasmus+ and institutions are advised to check the Erasmus+ websites regularly for updates including student-focused communications.

The UK Government has stated publicly that the United Kingdom is committed to continuing full participation in the Erasmus+ programme throughout the negotiations period. In principle, EU students can come to the UK until at least 2020 as part of Erasmus+, although the final decision on this is subject to negotiations.  

Further information is also available on the British Council EU Students in the UK webpage

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