DMU - a global university

The vote to leave the EU is the beginning of a two to three-year process that will affect some arrangements between the UK and various European countries. We are as committed as ever to welcoming students from across the world, whether from Europe or beyond, and we will continue to help connect our students and staff to the international society we live in. also has issued a statement assuring there has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU, as a result of the referendum.

We are working with our global partners, funding agencies and others to make sure that we continue to provide an outstanding experience for all our students, and will update this web page with the latest information. Our Questions and Answers page has the latest available information on the implications of the vote, including details about our LoveEU Bundle, created to reassure EU students. If you have any questions about coming to study at our university, please email

Our international students come to DMU for: its location right in the heart of one of Europe’s most diverse and vibrant cities, revealed as one of the top 10 UK cities to live and work in; its academic excellence; the rich student experience; its links with industry, and opportunities to volunteer both locally through #DMUlocal and around the world with #DMUglobal – our pioneering international experience programme shortlisted for a prestigious national award.


Hear why our international students find DMU an exciting and welcoming place to study:

Salah Maswoud, from Libya, featured in the video, is studying a Nanotechnology PhD at DMU. One of the reasons Salah chose to come here is because it is ‘multicultural’. He said: “DMU to me is global and diverse.”

Australian student Quinn Franklin, on DMU’s International Relations and Politics BA, holds a similar view, saying: “Leicester is so multicultural and tolerant, and DMU also puts in a lot of effort to ensure that the welfare of international students is its priority.”


Following the outcome of the Referendum vote, DMU launched #LoveInternational, a campaign to celebrate and reassure international staff and students living and working at universities across the country.

The #loveinternational campaign has three main aims:

  • To oppose discrimination and prejudice in whatever form they take
  • To reassert that DMU is a university welcoming to and supportive of international students and staff
  • To fight to protect the residency rights of EU staff

An international petition has been started calling on the Government to protect the residency rights of EU university staff.

During the summer of 2016, DMU held a series of events in European capitals, celebrating its EU students and staff, as well as its global outlook. The first of these events, helping to reassure potential students and staff that it is business as usual for the university, took place in Nicosia, Cyprus. Events then followed in Warsaw, Poland, the Swedish capital StockholmVilnius, Lithuania and in the German capital Berlin.

DMU teamed up with the British Government’s GREAT Britain campaign to deliver these events.

The GREAT Britain campaign, active in more than 140 countries, is the Government’s most ambitious international marketing campaign ever, promoting the UK as a world-class destination for trade, tourism, investment and education. 

As the highest level of endorsement for the campaign so far, DMU featured in the GREAT monthly highlights for July.

Following political developments in October, which seek to limit the rights of international students and staff to study and work in the UK, the university held an event to stand together and challenge this move.

Here's Vice-Chancellor Dominic Shellard talking about the importance of international students at an event held by Universities UK.


Named as one of the top 10 UK cities to live and work in, by business consultants PwC and think tank Demos in 2016, Leicester is a fantastic place to live in, as well as being the most affordable place for students according to HSBC bank in 2014 and 2015,

Big enough to have a vibrant feel and lots going on, but small enough to walk around, Leicester has a young and diverse population. It is home to Britain’s most multi-cultural high street with shopkeepers from 23 countries to be found on Narborough Road, just a few minutes from the DMU campus.

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DMU alumni in Sweden throw support behind university's post-Brexit European engagement

DMU visits Sweden on third leg of post-Brexit European engagement

DMU tells Polish students: "Brexit changes nothing; you are always welcome here"

DMU visits Poland to show students British higher education is 'open for business'

GREAT response in Cyprus for the start of DMU's European engagement

British education is GREAT and global, says DMU statement: the status of EU nationals in the UK

Petition to secure residency rights for EU staff started by DMU

1,000 sign petition to protect residency rights of EU nationals working in the UK's universities

DMU launches #LoveInternational campaign to protect residency rights for EU staff

Please note that we will keep these pages, including our Question and Answers page, updated on a regular basis as we receive further information.

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