Brexit: the UK and the EU

In 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union. The terms of departure are still being negotiated.

EU nationals will be able to study, live and work in the UK as they do now, until 31 December 2020. After this date, there will be some changes to the entry requirements for EU students.

We will update this page with information relevant to agents.

Last updated 31 October 2019

EU students can come to study English in the UK as usual until end of December 2020

The UK's decision to leave the European Union has not yet affected entry requirements for international students. Until the end of December 2020, agents can continue to send EU students to study in the UK as usual.

Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland can currently enter the UK with their passport or ID card.

There will be a new immigration system for all visitors from January 2021, but details have not been confirmed

The UK government has not yet decided the details of this new system. Under current government plans, all visitors will require a passport to enter the UK. 

Will students still be able to use ID cards to enter the UK?

ID cards remain valid as a travel document but will be phased out in 2021 if a deal is agreed. 

What will happen to Erasmus+ programmes?

If there is a deal agreed between the UK and the EU, Erasmus+ funding is guaranteed until the end of the academic year in 2021.

If a deal is not agreed, funding is secure for students currently on courses. After a no-deal Brexit Erasmus+ funding may not be available. 

List of Travellers scheme for non-EEA national school pupils

The List of Travellers scheme will continue until at least 2021. Students who are visa nationals but travelling as part of a group of EEA students will continue to be able to travel without a visa if they are listed on the form.

Confused? Contact English UK for advice

If you are unclear about these changes, please contact the English UK team.