Study UK Brexit and Education

UK universities and colleges are some of the most international places to study in the world. Students and staff from the EU and beyond are extremely welcome and make an enormous contribution to the UK and the success of its education institutions.

How is Brexit going to affect the Italian students who want to study or who are studying in the UK?

European students who are currently studying in the UK or who begin their studies before July 2021 will pay the same fees and have the same access to financial arrangements as British students and these conditions apply throughout the duration of their course. 

After August 2021 EU students starting a new course in England or Scotland will no longer be eligible for home fee status.  Instead, each university will set its own fees for EU students.  You will need to check this information with the universities you apply to. EU students will no longer be eligible for student loans to cover tuition fees.

What will happen to Erasmus students?

The projects successfully bid for during the current (2014-2020) Erasmus+ and ESC programmes will continue to receive EU funding for the full duration of the project, including those where funding runs beyond 2020. Find out more information about the new programme here.

From September 2021 on, thousands of students will be able to study and do work placements across the world through the Turing scheme, a new programme that replaces the UK’s participation in Erasmus+. Find out more information about the transition period of the Erasmus programme here.

Do I need a visa to study in the UK?

From 2021, students travelling to the UK to study a degree or postgraduate qualification at a UK university or take part in an exchange programme, including Erasmus require a visa.  Language courses lasting less than 6 months are exempt from this requirement.  Your university will be able to provide you with guidance and support on this.  Your university is your sponsor for the application and entry to the UK.  You can see all of the latest information about the visa application process at the UK Govenment's webpage

Why study in the UK rather than other international destinations?

The UK has the most reputable university system in Europe and the second world wide: four of our universities are ranked in the top 10 globally and 30 are amongst the top 200 (QS World University Rankings 2019).

This international recognition is based on world class research outputs, a robust system of quality control, innovative methodology and a wide offer of international degrees.

Other key factors are the high employability rate of UK graduates, the low levels of drop-outs as well as consistently high levels of student satisfaction.

How much does it cost to study in the UK?

From January 2021 European students will be eligible for international fees and these vary according to the institution you choose to study as well as your programme of study. The majority of programmes are in the range £13,000-16000 per year but some can be cheaper or more expensive.  Please check on university websites for the most up to date information on fees.  We also recommend that you check what financial help/support each university provides to international students. 

When compared with USA, Canada, New Zealand or Australia studying in the UK offers the best value for money.

Do I need a very high level of English to study in the UK?

One of the persisting myths about studying at a UK university is that you need to be an outstanding student to apply when in fact there are a multitude of universities and faculties with a wide range of entry requirements.  Obviously the most highly ranked and prestigious universities are more difficult to get into.

The UK system offers various entry routes, for example some offer preparatory courses which enable students to reach the entry requirements for degree programmes, they also offer Foundation programmes or Top up degrees.

Is applying complicated?

Not really! There is a central online applications process (UCAS). Just remember to apply on time (15 January)!