The University of Westminster is a global university and has a strong and historic commitment to promoting equality and embracing diversity. As a place to work or to study, we strive to strengthen our reputation as a welcoming and inclusive organisation. We are committed to our European partners and to supporting our European staff and students.
The UK is due to leave the European Union (EU) at 11pm on 31 October 2019 or earlier, if a withdrawal agreement is agreed. Until the UK formally leaves the EU, EU law will continue to apply within the UK. The UK and the EU are negotiating a withdrawal agreement to take effect as soon as the UK leaves the EU. The withdrawal agreement will set out the arrangements for the withdrawal of the UK from the EU. At present, no agreement has been reached. If a withdrawal agreement is not reached this will be known as a ‘no deal’ exit.
Fee status and student funding
The UK Government has confirmed that EU nationals and their family members who applied for a University place to start in the 2019–20 academic year, as well as students who will be starting a course in 2020–21, will remain eligible to pay ‘Home’ rate fees and remain eligible for financial support for the duration of their course. You can find more information about fee status and funding options on the Undergraduate student funding pages.
Do I need a visa to come to the UK?
At present, the UK remains in the EU. You do not need to apply for a visa if you are an EU national or a national of Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein or Switzerland. However, post Brexit you may need a visa to come to the UK, this will depend on if a withdrawal agreement is reached and on your arrival date in the UK.
The withdrawal agreement
If a withdrawal agreement is reached between the UK and the EU before 31 October 2019 there will be a ‘transition’ period, also known as ‘implementation’ period until 31 December 2020. During this period there will be no changes to the current entry requirements for EU, EEA and Swiss nationals. You will be able to apply for the EU settlement scheme. For more information about the EU Settlement Scheme visit the UKCISA website or the GOV.UK website.
A ‘no-deal’ exit
If you are resident in the UK before 11pm on 31 October 2019 free movement provisions will continue. There will be no changes to the visa requirements and you will be able to live, work and study in the UK as before. You will be able to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme. You will have until 30 December 2020 to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.
If you are resident in the UK, and are on a study abroad year or you are due to travel outside of the UK and will be returning to the UK after 31 October 2019, there may be some additional points for you to consider, please contact Student Advice for advice.
Separate agreements have been reached between Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland protecting individuals and their family members who are resident in the UK before exit day. Visit the UKCISA website for more information on this.
If you are not resident in the UK and arrive in the UK after exit day separate provisions will apply to you. The government has published guidance on the GOV.UK website for EU, non-EU and Swiss nationals who arrive in the UK after exit day.
Information for EU students starting in September 2019:
Should I open a bank account?
We recommend that you open a UK bank account soon after you arrive in the UK. It is the safest and most effective way of managing your money and making and receiving payments and can also be used to show evidence of your residence in the UK. For more information on how to open a bank account please visit the UKCISA website.
What documents will I need to show at enrolment?
At your enrolment session, you will need to bring your original passport or National Identity card as well as your original degree or diploma certificates and certificates for any other academic qualifications your Admissions office has asked you for. If you have applied for a Student Finance Services EU Fee Loan or Student Finance England funding, you will also need to bring evidence of this.
Can I work in the UK?
At present all EU, EEA and Swiss nationals can work in the UK without restriction.
If you have not worked in the UK before you will need to apply for a National Insurance number. Students pay income tax in the same way as other workers, but often do not earn enough to have to pay tax. The tax-free allowance for a single person in 2019–20 is £12,500 (April to April). When you start work for the first time you will need to ask your employer to fill in a ‘starter checklist’ for you so that you don’t pay too much tax. You can find out more from TaxGuideForStudents.org.uk.
If you work in the UK, you may qualify for additional Student Finance England funding as long as you are working enough hours and as long as you are resident in the UK by 1 September of the year you start your course. Please see the above information on fee status and student funding.
Can I get medical treatment in the UK?
Different healthcare arrangements apply if the UK leaves the EU with a withdrawal agreement or if there is a ‘No-deal’ situation. Visit the GOV.UK website for more information about accessing healthcare in the UK.
Last updated: April 2019