Brexit - information for students and applicants

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a global community, with many staff and students from all over Europe, and strong links with EU partners.

Despite the outcome of the UK’s referendum on EU membership, LSHTM’s commitment to fostering an inclusive and supportive international community remains strong, and we will continue to sustain our many vital research and education links with partners across Europe. Please be assured that there will not be any immediate change to our participation in EU programmes and partnerships, or to the immigration status of staff or to current and prospective students. 

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31 January 2020 - Brexit: UK leaves EU

The UK formally leaves the European Union tonight at 23:00 and we will immediately enter an 11-month transition period. During this time student fees, visa arrangements and partnerships with EU funders will be unaffected. We will provide more updates as the UK's future relationship with the EU becomes clearer.

Further information can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website: Brexit: immigration, fees and student support for when you arrive.

29 May 2019 - Brexit: EU Fee and Funding Guarantees Extended to 2020-21

The UK government has confirmed that EU students who begin degrees in England in the academic year 2020-21 will continue to be eligible for the same fees as UK students. EU students starting in this year will also remain eligible for loans to cover their tuition fee throughout their entire degree. This will apply regardless of the outcome of Brexit, which is currently expected to happen by 31 October 2019.

Universities UK has put together some FAQs for EU students and FAQs for EEA and Swiss students.

03 July 2018 - Brexit: EU Fee and Funding Guarantees Extended to 2019-20

The UK has guaranteed that EU students starting a degree in 2019-20 will pay the same fees as UK students and continue to have access to student loans and other funding for the duration of their courses.

It means that:

  • EU students will pay the same fees as UK students for a Masters or PhD.
  • EU students will be able to apply for a Masters degree loan to study at UK universities.
  • EU students will be able to apply for a PhD loan to study at UK universities.
  • EU students will be able to apply for public PhD funding, including Research Council studentships.

Previously, guarantees only applied to courses starting this year (2018-19). They've now been extended to next year (2019-20) too. This is confirmed in Scotland, England and Wales.

21 April 2017 - Government confirms funding for EU students for 2018 to 2019

HEFCE welcomes the confirmation from the Government that European Union (EU) students will continue to remain eligible for undergraduate, masters, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support in the academic year 2018 to 2019.

The details of this announcement can be found on the GOV.UK website.

11 October 2016 - Funding support for EU students

European Union students applying for university places in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will still have access to student funding support. The government has announced that EU students applying for a place at an English university or further education institution in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants - and will be for the duration of their course.

The decision will mean that students applying to study from 2017 to 2018 will not only be eligible for the same funding and support as they are now, but that their eligibility will continue throughout their course, even if the UK exits the European Union during that period. Read full press release.

Key information for applicants and prospective students

Tuition fees
LSHTM can confirm that the published tuition fees for EU-domiciled students for 2016/17 will not change. Additionally, tuition fees are unlikely to be affected over the next few years as the UK negotiates its exit from the EU. Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty allows for a two-year negotiation process during which, the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU will be agreed.

Immigration status
We would also like to reassure applicants from within the EU that, barring unilateral action from the UK Government, there will not be any immediate change to the immigration status of current or prospective EU students in the short term.

Deferred admission offers
EU-domiciled students who have chosen to defer their Offer of Admission to the 2017/18 academic year, please be assured that there are currently no plans to increase tuition fees beyond the small annual inflationary increase. Moving further ahead, any fee amendments will depend on UK Government legislation.

LSHTM will continue to monitor the situation closely and will work with UK higher education sector bodies to influence future Government policy where we can. If there are any subsequent changes, we will be in touch with further guidance.

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