EU students

Tuition fees for EU undergraduates starting in 2018, 2019 and 2020

The Scottish Government has confirmed EU students studying full time for their first degree and enrolling in the 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/2021 academic sessions, will be eligible to have their tuition fees paid by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for their full period of study. Students will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students, will retain that status for the duration of their studies, and are eligible for tuition fee support from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.

Please visit the SAAS website for more information.

 

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.

 

Undergraduate applications

The undergraduate application procedure is via UCAS and the closing date was 15 January 2019. Applications may still be submitted however, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to consider these.

 

Postgraduate applications

If you have not yet applied, and intend to do so for September 2019 entry, apply via our postgraduate web pages.

 

UK nationals studying in the EU

If you are a UK student studying in the EU, we recommend seeking advice from your education institution in the first instance. For students wishing to complete the remainder of their studies in Scotland, SAAS has published helpful guidance.

 

More information

The body that represents all universities, Universities UK, is currently working through the ramifications of the leave vote for the higher education sector. You may find useful information on its Frequently Asked Questions page, or in this document

 

International students

I am an international applicant from outside the EU. How will Brexit affect me? 

Scotland is a very inclusive and welcoming place for people from all over the world, and the University of Aberdeen represents this in its daily life. We are a multicultural institution, with a multicultural population of both staff and students. We value this and believe it contributes to our ability to deliver world class education. After Brexit, we will continue to encourage international applications from around the globe.

FAQ

Undergraduate future students

I am from the EU/EEA; will my tuition fees increase after Brexit?

Your fee status at point of entry will remain the same for the duration of your studies, whether you are an existing student or joining us in September 2019 or 2020.

The Scottish Government has confirmed it will pay, through the Student Awards Agency For
Scotland (SAAS), the tuition fee for eligible EU undergraduate students who commence their studies in 2019 and 2020.

As an undergraduate student, will I still be able to study abroad as part of my degree?

The Go Abroad Team will ensure that students are kept updated as the UK’s participation in future Erasmus+ programmes is considered.

Universities UK is asking the government to secure continued UK participation in this valuable exchange programme post-Brexit and this is a position that the University of Aberdeen strongly supports.

After Brexit will my qualifications still be recognised across Europe?

Recognition of academic qualifications will continue for EU citizens living in the UK and vice versa.
The UK has indicated that it will also continue to recognise EU professional qualifications after the
UK’s departure from the EU. The recognition of academic qualifications falls under the European Higher Education Area and is a voluntary commitment which is not linked to EU membership, so it
should not be formally affected by Brexit.

How might Brexit affect my employment prospects after graduation?

The populations of member states of the EU are entitled to free movement of labour across Europe. However, if the UK is no longer subject to free movement of labour, it could be harder for UK nationals to secure work in any one of the remaining countries of the EU.

As a result, visas or work permits may be required to work in Europe, which may make securing a job in Europe less straightforward than it is currently. This would also apply for EU nationals seeking employment in the UK.

Much will depend on the deal that is reached when the UK leaves the EU and any potential deals may still include free movement as a condition. But regardless of what happens, the Careers Service will be there to support all our students.

Postgraduate future students

I am from the EU; will my tuition fees increase during my studies?

The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students starting in September 2019 and 2020 will be admitted under the current rules and regulations and will be treated the same way as Scottish students for the whole duration of their studies, regardless of what happens with Brexit.

Postgraduate students will pay the same amount of tuition fees as Scottish students and will be entitled to some support from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), such as the Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan. Additional information on available funding can be found in our Funding Database.  

After Brexit will my qualifications still be recognised across Europe?

Recognition of academic qualifications will continue for EU citizens living in the UK and vice versa.
The UK has indicated that it will also continue to recognise EU professional qualifications after the
UK’s departure from the EU. The recognition of academic qualifications falls under the European Higher Education Area and is a voluntary commitment which is not linked to EU membership, so it
should not be formally affected by Brexit.

How might Brexit affect my employment prospects after graduation?

The populations of member states of the EU are entitled to free movement of labour across Europe. However, if the UK is no longer subject to free movement of labour, it could be harder for UK nationals to secure work in any one of the remaining countries of the EU.

As a result, visas or work permits may be required to work in Europe, which may make securing a job in Europe less straightforward than it is currently. This would also apply for EU nationals seeking employment in the UK.

Much will depend on the deal that is reached when the UK leaves the EU and any potential deals may still include free movement as a condition. But regardless of what happens, the Careers Service will be there to support all our students.

Will the number of European students at the University decrease after Brexit?

At this moment in time it is not possible to predict how Brexit will affect the number of EU students in the UK. The University of Aberdeen welcomes students from all over the world and will continue to be an outward-looking global institution. Regardless of the outcome of Brexit, EU students (as well as non-EU students) will be given a warm welcome and will be valued at Aberdeen.