(The page was last updated on 18 December 2020)

This page provides practical advice for EU nationals and other students planning or considering studying at the University.

If you have any queries relating to Brexit, please contact brexit@abdn.ac.uk, and they will direct you to the most appropriate source of help.


Will the University of Aberdeen welcome EU students after Brexit?

Yes. The University of Aberdeen prides itself of being an international university, welcoming students from all over the world. We currently have nearly 3000 EU students; we have built a strong reputation in Europe and will continue to welcome European students after Brexit. We are committed to taking care of our EU students and delivering the world class student experience that they will receive at Aberdeen.

What will the tuition fees be for an EU undergraduate student after Brexit?

New EU undergraduate students commencing their studies from September 2021 will be classified as International students for the purpose of tuition fees. In order to help mitigate the impact of Brexit the University has announced a new Undergraduate EU Scholarship.

What will the tuition fees be for an EU postgraduate student after Brexit?

New EU postgraduate students commencing their studies from September 2021 will be classified as International students for the purpose of tuition fees. In order to help mitigate the impact of Brexit the University is offering postgraduate taught EU students the Aberdeen Global Scholarship (EU).

How will Brexit affect my immigration status?

New EU students arriving in the UK after 23:00 GMT on 31st December 2020 will have to apply for a Student visa in order to undertake full-time on campus studies. Part-time study is not possible on a Student visa. Students who arrived in the UK before the above deadline should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme as quickly as possible.

Undergraduate applications

The deadline for applications for entry in September 2021 will be on 30th June 2021. Applications should be submitted via UCAS.

Postgraduate applications

The deadline for applications for entry in September 2021 will be in July 2021. A final date has not been fixed yet. Applications should be submitted via the University’s online application portal.

EU citizens with Settled/Pre-Settled Status

We are still waiting on the Scottish government to publish the full fee legislation for September 2021. It is assumed that EU citizens with Settled/Pre-Settled status will be classified as either Home or Rest of UK for the purpose of tuition fees. EU citizens with Settled/Pre-Settled status interested in undergraduate study are advised to apply by 15th January 2021 for entry in September 2021.

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.


Erasmus+ Programme

How does Brexit affect students in the Erasmus+ programme?

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

Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK will be a full participant in Erasmus+ until the end of the current seven-year funding cycle (2014-2020). This includes funding received under 2020 projects, which covers activities taking place in academic years 2020/21 to 2022/23 (up to May 2023).

We do not yet know if the UK will participate in the next seven-year funding cycle of Erasmus (2021-2027), but we continue to lobby for this outcome. We will also continue to work with our partner institutions in Europe in order to maintain our reciprocal exchanges, regardless of whether we are part of the Erasmus programme or not.

Can I still apply for the Erasmus+ programme?

The University of Aberdeen will continue to encourage students to spend time abroad as part of their degree, be that in Europe or further afield. We are working closely with our European partner institutions to ensure that exchanges can go ahead, regardless of the Brexit outcome.

For those applying for European destinations in academic years 2021/22 and 2022/23, you will continue to have access to Erasmus funding for study exchange and traineeships until May 2023.

Beyond that, we don’t yet know if we will continue to have access to the Erasmus+ programme or a UK national successor scheme. Both scheme should include an element of funding, however, it would be advisable for students interested in going abroad beyond 2022/23 to budget accordingly.

My programme has a compulsory year abroad – if I am unable to go, will I still get a degree?

Opportunities to spend time abroad will continue to be available post-Brexit, though from 2023/24 access to funding may be limited. Students with a compulsory period abroad would be advised to budget accordingly.

Please note that those spending a semester or year abroad would continue to pay their tuition fees to the University of Aberdeen, so there are no tuition fees due to a host institution; however, you should expect to cover other living costs such as accommodation, food, books, etc (as you would if you were in Aberdeen).

Students with concerns about the affordability of spending time abroad would be advised to contact the Go Abroad team to discuss their options.

Information for our Erasmus+ partner institutions in Europe

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.