Brexit guidance and the EU Settlement Scheme

This page provides practical advice for current and prospective students and staff coming from the EU, as well as links to further government information. We will endeavour to keep this page up to date, but the situation is changing frequently and therefore always check the government website for the most up to date information (see links below).

After 31 January 2020 the United Kingdom (UK) will leave the European Union (EU), entering a transition period that currently ends on 31 December 2020. While the political situation remans unclear but we are firmly committed to the maintenance of a diverse, inclusive and multicultural university for students and staff and to the benefits of teaching, learning and research that our European collaborations bring.

EU Settlement Scheme

Following the decision made in the 2016 referendum for the UK to leave the EU, the principle of free movement (namely the ability for EEA Nationals and their family members to enter and live and work freely in the UK) will end. Due to the ongoing Brexit negotiations during the transition period, it is not clear exactly when and how this will happen. The UK government is committed to implementing the Settled Status scheme for EEA citizens who are resident in the UK prior to the withdrawal from the EU. 

You’ll have until 30 June 2021 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. If you arrive in the UK during the transition period , you will also be eligible to apply. The transition period is due to last from 31 January to 11pm on 31 December 2020. 

Student finance

Course fees and funding to study in the UK

You'll be eligible for 'home fee' status and student finance support to study if your course in England starts in the 2020/21 academic year or before. This will be available for the duration of your course, provided you meet the residency requirements. You should ask the relevant student funding body if you're eligible for any support if you're studying in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Studying in the UK from 2021/22 academic year

You'll be able to apply for courses in England from September 2020. We'll provide details about your fee status and eligibility for student finance when they are available.

You should talk to the relevant student funding body if you're considering a course in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Looking after your wellbeing

If the ongoing Brexit uncertainty is causing students any concern and affecting their wellbeing, they can find support via our HealthyDMU Hub. The Hub will provide quick access to booking appointments, activities and hints and tips about staying well.

The International Student Support team can also advise on many of the issues related to living and studying at DMU. More information is available here, or by emailing Alternatively, book an appointment through MyGateway.

For staff at DMU, and anyone who lives with them, the Employee Assistance Programme offers support for everyday problems such as dealing with debt, coping with anxiety and how to keep fit alongside work. Visit the People and Organisational Development section on DMUconnect for more details.


Students and staff alike should check the date their passport expires. When travelling to the EU after 31 January 2020, the UK government recommends that you have six months left on your passport on the date of your arrival in an EU country.

You should also check when your passport was renewed. If you renewed a 10-year adult passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport's expiry date. These extra months over 10 years will not count towards the six months that must be remaining.

You can renew your passport online or by going to a Post Office with a Check and Send service. You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

International students are also recommended to check any travel advice issued by their own country.

European Health Insurance Card and travel insurance

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows any EU citizen to access state medical care when they are travelling in another EU country. UK citizens are still covered by the EHIC during the transition period.

Rest assured all students and staff who are on an official DMU trip are covered under DMU's medical travel insurance.

Please note that, while the EHIC covers pre-existing conditions, DMU's insurance does not do so for already-prescribed medication and/or routine treatment. You should therefore consider additional insurance for any pre-existing conditions.


Due to the uncertainty around Brexit, it is likely that the value of the British Pound will fluctuate. If you are concerned that the value of the Pound will weaken significantly, you can purchase some of your currency in advance, providing you are satisfied with the current rates available. Please note the value of the pound can increase and decrease due to a wider variety of factors.

Data roaming

Under EU rules, the cost of making calls, sending messages or using the internet on your phone in the EU is the same as in the UK. During the transition, data roaming charges will remain unchanged. However, before you travel, it's recommended that you check with your mobile phone provider about the costs of using your phone in the EU.

Other useful links

Universities UK also have an extensive Brexit FAQs page with the latest information on study access to the UK, tuition fees, loans and grants, Erasmus +, research and innovation.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) also have information and advice about Brexit, immigration, fees, student support, working and living in the UK for current and prospective international students.

If you are going on a DMU Global trip during the transition period, please read the travel advice provided.


For further UK government guidance please click on the links below:

Course fees and funding to study in the UK
Erasmus+ placements in the UK
Visiting Europe after Brexit

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