EU Referendum: Guidance

On 23 June 2016 the UK electorate voted in a national referendum to leave the European Union (Brexit).

QMU is an outward looking, internationally focused university that values our European students and connections greatly, recognising their crucial contribution to our academic and cultural richness. The guidance below for prospective students, current students and staff was updated on 12 February 2019.



Undergraduate students entering in academic year 2019/20: On 1 February 2018, the Scottish Government announced that eligible EU students starting their studies in 2019 will have the costs of their tuition fees met by the Scottish Government for the duration of their course. Those who meet the residency requirement will continue to benefit from associated living cost support. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website:

Undergraduate students entering in the academic year 2020/21: At the present time there is no information available. We will update this website as soon as information becomes available.

Postgraduate students entering in academic years 2018/19 and 2019/20: Full time and part-time EU students continue to be eligible to apply for the SAAS tuition fee loan for these academic years. For more information, see

 If you have any specific queries regarding studying at QMU please contact our Admissions Team:

 A short film with information for prospective EU students (issued July 2018 by Universities UK). This film covers fees, visas and funding.



FAQ document for prospective EU students (issued in October 2018 by the British Council)

FAQs for current and future EU and Swiss/EEA students on the European Settlement Scheme (issued in February 2019 by Universities UK)

Useful information on Brexit for students and their families


On 21 June 2018, the Home Office published details of a Settlement Scheme for EU citizens in the UK. EU citizens living in the UK and their family members will need to make an application under this scheme to obtain their new UK immigration status. They will need to demonstrate that they have been living continuously in the UK for five years to be granted settled status. EU citizens living in the UK for fewer years will be granted pre-settled status until the five year point is reached. The application will essentially involve providing evidence under three categories: (1) Identity - the applicant will need to prove their identity; (2) Eligibility – the applicant will need show that that they live in the UK; and (3) Suitability (Criminality) – the applicant will need to declare that they have no serious criminal convictions. Following a phased introduction, which included a pilot scheme open to higher education employees including those at QMU, the scheme will be fully open by March 2019. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021.

Settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families

Please note that EU citizens can also sign up to receive email updates directly from the Home Office at Stay Informed. There will be no change to the current rights of EU citizens in the UK under EU law until 31 December 2020.  



All staff currently undertaking EU funded projects: the UK’s status as a full participating member of the Horizon 2020 programme has not changed as a result of the referendum vote. Existing project grants and contracts will be honoured unless or until advised otherwise. Detailed advice on prospective and currently negotiated projects will be circulated as soon as is possible by Universities UK, which is liaising with the UK Research Office and European Commission.

 See the statement from our Principal issued at the time of the referendum result in June 2016.

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