UK students in the EU: continuing your studies

Contact your higher education provider to check if there are any changes to your situation from 1 January 2021.

Completing your studies in the EU from 1 January 2021

All UK students studying in the EU

  1. Ask your higher education provider whether there are any changes to your situation.

  2. Read the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) living in guide for the latest information on the country you’re studying in.

  3. Make sure that you hold a valid Student European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or Student Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) and read the guidance on accessing healthcare in EU member states.

  4. Before starting your course you should take out comprehensive travel insurance while in the UK. It’s important to make sure all your health needs are covered. Check with your provider if you have any queries.

  5. Make sure you meet all visa requirements for your destination or you may not be allowed to stay.

When you return home, make sure you follow the travel rules on testing and quarantine (the red, amber, green list).

UK students studying their whole course at a higher education provider in the EU

You have the same right to access education as citizens from the EU member state you are studying in, as long as you were living there and lawfully resident before 1 January 2021. Read more specific information on living in your EU country.

The fees you are charged should be the same as fees charged for citizens of your host country. You may not be entitled to maintenance grants or loans from the host country unless you have permanent residency or are a worker in that country.

British citizens studying in the Republic of Ireland will continue to be covered by the Common Travel Area arrangements.

Erasmus+ students already studying in the EU from 1 January 2021

You should be able to continue with your placement as part of the current programme. Speak to your home provider to confirm:

  • your placement will continue
  • if anything will change including whether there will be any additional fees or visa requirements

You should make sure both your home provider and host agree that it is safe to proceed as planned during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

You may need to make changes to your plans, or start your placement at a later date, if the situation changes.

Contact your provider to let them know of your plans if you need to return early from your placement.

The UK will not be taking part in the future Erasmus+ programme. We are developing the new Turing Scheme to support thousands of students to study and work abroad.

Some Erasmus+ projects from the 2014 to 2020 programme are still ongoing and placements will take place under both the Turing Scheme and Erasmus+ during the 2021 to 2022 academic year.

Starting a new course in the EU from 1 January 2021

Read the guidance on starting a full degree course in the EU from 1 January 2021 if you’re considering your higher education options.

Travelling abroad

If you are able to travel under current UK COVID-19 restrictions you should follow the guidance for travelling abroad during the coronavirus pandemic.

Support when you’re abroad

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic you:

  • should be ready to comply with the host nation’s travel requirements including having documents that you will need to present at border controls
  • should be ready to comply with local isolation, testing or quarantine requirements
  • will need to rely on the local healthcare system

Read guidance on what you can do if you need financial help when abroad and who you can contact for support when abroad.

You can contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission or the FCDO in London on 020 7008 1500 for help or advice if you need emergency help from the UK government while overseas because:

  • the country you are in will not allow you to travel back to the UK
  • there are no commercial travel options available

Returning to the UK

When you come back you must follow the travel rules on testing and quarantine (the red, amber, green list), if you’re returning to England. You should also read the specific information for new and returning students travelling from overseas.

Find out what to do if you’re:

Published 15 March 2019
Last updated 28 May 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated with further information about returning to the UK and links to guidance on travel, testing and quarantine (the red, amber, green list).

  2. Updated with additional information about healthcare, access to student support and travel advice.

  3. Updated to reflect the fact that users should continue to follow this guidance from 1 January 2021.

  4. Updated with confirmation that the UK will not be taking part in the future Erasmus+ programme and added information about the Turing scheme that will replace it.

  5. Added information about travel insurance, making changes to Erasmus+ placements and support when you're abroad.

  6. Updated the title and summary to clarify that this guidance applies if there's a no-deal Brexit. The content emphasises the actions you'll need to take now to prepare for Brexit.

  7. First published.