Brexit Guidance

In June 2016 the UK voted in favour of leaving the European Union and is scheduled to leave on Friday 31 January 2020. Leaving the EU poses significant challenges for the College, our staff and current and prospective students.

Further delays remain possible, and the UK may enter a Transition Period once it does leave the EU.

EU, EEA or Swiss citizens are still able to live, work and study in Scotland until the end of any Transition Period via Free Movement. In addition, a new UK immigration system would come into practice.

Leaving the EU creates uncertainty around the rights for EU citizens living, working and studying in the UK and you may have important questions about what this means for you.

The Scottish Government and agencies have published a range of information to support individuals and businesses to prepare for the UK leaving the EU with or without a deal.

We will keep the information on this page as current as possible to help you keep up to date with the latest information on how Brexit might impact students.

Useful information for students

The impact of Brexit on college and university education, including staff and students, is expected to be significant but the full details are not yet known.

The Scottish Government has published the below information to help EU students studying in Scotland.

If the UK leaves the EU in a 'no deal' situation, the UK Government has made guarantees related to:

Horizon 2020


European Territorial Cooperation

Please visit the Mygov website regularly for updated information on:

  • EU student fees
  • the status of EU staff and students in Scotland's colleges and universities
  • Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe research and innovation programmes
  • Erasmus+
  • European Territorial Cooperation

EU students studying in Scotland (or planning to)

The EU Settlement Scheme

If you're an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.

  • The EU Settlement Scheme is open. You can apply now if you meet the criteria.
  • The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.
  • Which status you get may depend on when you apply.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal:

You will need to be living in the UK before it leaves the EU to apply. The deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020

More information on applying for the scheme is available on the website

Tuition fees

The Scottish Government has announced free tuition for eligible students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland who choose to start studying in Scotland in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years. For more information visit the SAAS website.

Update: Scottish Ministers have agreed that the current EU fees and funding guarantee will also cover EU (and associated students) who commence a HE course under the current guarantee and articulate to another HE course immediately thereafter. 

This will apply to eligible students who are progressing to a degree course as an immediate 'end on' to the HN study - ie if there is a gap between the proposed period of study, this means a student would be ineligible for support.  Students who do have to take a gap in study for unforeseen medical or compassionate reasons will be assessed by SAAS based on the individual circumstances, and afforded support to continue their course through to completion, in line with current SAAS operating procedures. 

Any student entering a degree from year one following completion of an HN would not be considered as undertaking an articulation pathway, and would therefore not be eligible for funding.

Any eligible EU student who has commenced a course of HN study who then progresses to year two or three of an undergraduate degree will be covered. This includes students who haven't decided at the start of their HN whether they will articulate but decide to do so during the course of their HN studies. 

Scottish or EU students on an Erasmus exchange trip (or planning to go on one)

Scottish and EU students will continue to be able to take part in the Erasmus programme until the end of the current cycle in 2020 if the UK leaves the European Union with a deal.

If there is a 'no deal' situation, the UK Government has said it will try to negotiate to allow students to continue to take part in Erasmus.

The European Union has said that applications agreed before 31 October 2019 will be able to continue.

For more information see the UK Government's guidance on studying in the European Union after Brexit and information from the European Commission.

More useful links for students:

Skills Development Scotland – Preparing for Brexit  

Scottish Government Brexit Action Plan for Further and Higher Education

Scottish Government Guide for EU Citizens in Scotland

Citizens Advice Scotland – Brexit advice

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