Brexit information

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union is a landmark moment in the nation’s history. It has significant implications for the UK and EU and has understandably left many of our students, staff and the wider University community with questions that cannot be easily answered.


The University of Surrey remains committed to diversity and continues to work with and support staff, students, alumni and partners from the EU. Their contribution to the University community and society as a whole is invaluable. We are working closely with Universities UK and higher education bodies from across the UK to urge the government to ensure students and staff from EU countries can continue to study and work in the UK once the UK leaves the EU. We are also working hard to ensure the UK can continue to participate in valuable EU research collaborations and funding programmes.

Current status

The post-Brexit transition period has now come to an end.

Specific information

The Minister of State for Universities and Science has confirmed that there will be no immediate changes to the immigration status of EU students. The UK’s vote to leave the EU will not lead to any immediate change to the tuition fees paid by current EU students studying at UK universities – EU students will continue to be entitled to pay the same fees as UK students for the duration of their study (visit our fees section for more information).

EU students who are currently eligible to receive loans and grants from the Student Loans Company will continue to do so until they finish their course.

Whilst the UK will not participate in Erasmus+ in the future, Erasmus+ funding is secured until 2023. Students abroad in 2020/21 and 2021/22 will be unaffected by the UK's decision not to associate with Erasmus+.

Fees status

Fees are assessed on an individual basis and there are a range of criteria that are considered.  The information below provides a summary of our overall approach, but all decisions our subject to an individual assessment and supporting evidence may be required.

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who do not have settled or pre-settled status

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals starting courses in the 2021/22 academic year who are not registered as 'settled or 'pre-settled' in the UK will no longer be eligible for 'home' (UK) fee status or financial support from Student Finance England. In most cases you will be classified as an overseas (international) student for fees purposes.

Students with settled or pre-settled status

Students with settled or pre-settled status who have been ordinarily resident in the UK, EEA, Switzerland or Gibraltar for three years prior to the start of their course at Surrey will be eligible for home fee status.

Irish nationals

Irish nationals living in the UK or the Republic of Ireland will be treated the same as UK students for fees and funding purposes

UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland 

UK nationals who have been ordinarily resident in the EEA, Switzerland or Gibraltar for three years prior to the start of their course at Surrey will be eligible for home fee status.


Surrey EU Undergraduate Scholarship: The University is offering awards of £5,000 per year of study (excluding the Professional Training Year) in the form of a fee discount for EU students who are international fee-payers and start their course at the University in September 2021 (2021/22 academic year).

Visas and immigration

EU students with settled or pre-settled status will not require a visa to study in the UK. Those without settled or pre-settled status will need to apply for a visa, information on which can be found on the UK Government website.

Further information

Please contact if you have any questions about studying at Surrey.

The government has confirmed that in the short term, there will be no changes to UK visa policies for University staff currently employed by, or applying to, work in UK universities.

On 28 September 2019 Chancellor Sajid Javid committed to announce a package of measures to support the next generation, promote economic growth, and prepare for a post-Brexit future. Some clarification was also provided regarding post-Brexit funding:

“If the UK leaves the EU without a deal and should the EU cease to fund UK organisations after Brexit, the government has guaranteed funding to organisations in receipt of certain EU programme funding (such as the European Regional Development Fund and Horizon 2020).

Please check the Brexit information pages on SurreyNet for further information for staff (internal users only).

The University of Surrey values diversity and continues to welcome applications from qualified researchers, scientists, academics, professionals and support staff from the EU

It is important to reiterate that until a time in the future when the United Kingdom exits the EU, it remains a full member of the EU and rights and obligations continue to fully apply in, and to, the UK – meaning there are no changes to the status of EU citizens in the UK.

If you are a citizen of one of the following European Economic Area (EEA) countries or Switzerland, you have the continued right to work in the UK:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden

The government stated on 11 July 2016 that: “When we do leave the EU, we fully expect that the legal status of EU nationals living in the UK, and that of UK nationals in EU member states, will be properly protected."

If, after reading this, you are still unsure of your eligibility to freely work and live in the UK as an EU national, you are welcome to contact us via our Human Resources team, who are on hand to offer support and advice to applicants interested in applying for our current vacancies.