What does Brexit mean for current undergraduate & postgraduate students?

All our students, including those from the EU and around the world, are valued members of the University of Aberdeen family. We are committed to taking care of them and delivering the world class student experience that they will receive at Aberdeen.

There will be no change to the fee status of current EU students enrolling in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 or academic year 2020/2021. Students will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students and will retain that status for the duration of their studies.


No-deal Brexit

In the event of Britain exiting the EU without a withdrawal agreement in place, the UK Government has announced that free movement will end. However, the Government has also confirmed that temporary transitional arrangements will apply from the date of a no-deal exit, to provide continuity for EU citizens in the UK. The transition period will be in place until 31 December 2020. The Home Office has advised EU nationals to ensure that they have six months’ validity on their passports before travelling in future, should there be a no-deal Brexit.


How does Brexit affect students in the Erasmus+ programme?

The University of Aberdeen continues to lobby for the UK’s full participation in Erasmus+. We are committed to our international partnerships and to providing international opportunities for our students.

At the current time of writing, the UK’s participation in the Erasmus+ programme is one of many uncertainties associated with Brexit. There are two main scenarios:

  • If the UK leaves the EU with a withdrawal agreement, the UK will participate in Erasmus+ until 2020.
  • If the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement, ie no deal, the UK will aim to secure continued participation in Erasmus+, but this is not certain.

Although it had been understood that the UK Government would underwrite Erasmus+ funding for UK universities in the event of a no deal Brexit, the latest Government guidance does not clarify the circumstances and detail of how this guarantee would be implemented, leading many to question whether students going abroad in 2019/20 would indeed be eligible for funding. We are seeking clarification and will continue to communicate with students on the latest developments. We are working with partner universities across Europe to allow exchanges to go ahead as planned, so that we can minimise disruption to students. 

Information for Erasmus+ partner institutions

The University of Aberdeen is committed to and values our international partnerships. Until further notice, we will continue to welcome your students to Aberdeen under Erasmus+. We hope to continue our valued partnership beyond Brexit, whether that is under the auspices of Erasmus+ or another framework.


Does Brexit affect my right to work while studying?

There is no change to your right to work in the UK. During the transition period the UK remains a member of the EU and remains bound by EU legislation.


If you have further questions about your status in relation to Brexit, please contact student.international@abdn.ac.uk


For updates from the UK National Agency for Erasmus+, click here.

For information on the UK funding guarantee, click here.