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Ravensbourne and Brexit

Ravensbourne is a global, open and inclusive place of learning and our community is greatly enriched by students from Europe and across the world. 

We have a strong history of welcoming international students and industry partners. The result of the European Union (EU) referendum does not change our commitment to reaching out to creative organisations and individuals on the global stage.

Below, we have compiled some helpful guidance and information on Brexit, and how Ravensbourne is able to support both our current and prospective students as the UK transitions to a new relationship with the EU. 

The actions you may need to take will depend on your particular circumstances and when you arrive in the UK.

Current EU students

Based on the assurances given by the UK Home Office, EU citizens already living in the UK will be able to remain in the UK with the same access to work, study, benefits and public services that you enjoy now. 


If you are an EU (including Norway, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, Iceland) national who holds a biometric passport, you are eligible to apply for settled and pre-settled status using the EU Settlement Scheme. The scheme entitles EU citizens and their non-EU families (with successful applications) to continue living in the UK after 31 December 2020. 


Please note that EU nationals and their eligible non-EU family members will have until 30 June 2021 to make an application under the scheme as part of the current draft withdrawal agreement, if enacted by the UK Government.


However, in the event of a ‘no-deal’ scenario, there is a possibility EU nationals and eligible non-EU family members could have difficulties travelling in and out of the UK post ‘Brexit’ date without some evidence of their residence in the UK prior to Brexit or having applied for settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement scheme.


Given the uncertainties that exist, we recommend our current EU students and their relevant non-EU national family members consider making an application under the EU Settlement Scheme to obtain settled or pre-settled status prior to the 31 October. This will help to provide evidence of prior residence in the UK, particularly when travelling in and out of the UK, post Brexit.


Making an application under the EU Settlement Scheme is relatively straightforward. Please visit the UK Government’s Applying for Settled Status page for more information about making an application.


The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has also released some helpful guidance and FAQs about the scheme, which can be found on their website


Alternatively, EU nationals and their non-EU family members may apply for documents to confirm their status under EU free movement law until such time that the UK formally leaves the EU.

Prospective students

We know that Brexit has raised uncertainties for prospective Ravensbourne students, but would like to reassure you that we will be providing support as the UK transitions through this process.


Leave the EU with a deal
In the event that the UK Government reaches a deal, EU/EEA citizens and eligible non-EU family members will be able to enter the UK until the end of the transitional period, which is currently 31 December 2020. Following this, you can apply to remain living in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme.


Leave the EU without a deal
If the UK Government does not reach a deal and you are arriving in the UK after the date of Brexit (currently set for 31 October 2019) you will be permitted to enter the UK automatically for three months with study/work rights.


However, if you plan to stay in the UK beyond three months, you will need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain, which will then be valid for up to three years. The European Temporary Leave to Remain will come under the UK’s new immigration system which should be introduced in January 2021. EU nationals who wish to remain in the UK beyond the 36 months visa will have to apply under the new immigration system.


Further information is available in the UK Home Office’s factsheet.


Irish Nationals
Nationals from the Republic of Ireland will continue to enjoy all their current rights and be able to live and remain in the UK after Brexit under the Common Travel Area (CTA) agreement between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Fee status

Current Students

Regarding fee status, our current EU students will retain the same fee status as home students. If you need further advice, you can contact our Finance Team by emailing them or calling +44 (0)203 040 3501. You can also find further clarification on student loan funding for EU students at the Student Loans Company.


Prospective Students 

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students starting courses (undergraduate and postgraduate) in England in 2019/20 and 2020/21 will remain eligible for home fee status and financial support for the duration of their course whether or not there is a deal in place. Advanced learner loans as well as further education and apprenticeships eligibility has also been confirmed by the UK Government for students starting these courses in 2019/20 and 2020/21 even if the course concludes after the UK leaves the EU.


You can find further information at GOV UK and you can also contact International to speak to a member of our team.

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