We appreciate that the United Kingdom’s expected departure from the European Union on 29 March 2019 (‘Brexit’) would be a cause of concern for current and prospective students.  We are firmly committed to the maintenance of a diverse and multicultural staff and student body and to the benefits of teaching, learning and research that our European collaborations bring.   The purpose of this page is to provide students some information and guidance on key Brexit matters related to their study, or intention to study, at the University.



Full details of the latest information about how Brexit will affect the Erasmus+ programme can be accessed here.


Tuition fees

Currently, EU students are charged tuition fees at the same rates as UK students, which are lower than fees for students from outside the EU.  The UK Government has confirmed this will continue to be the case for students beginning courses in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years even in the event that agreement on an exit deal is not reached. 


Student loans

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students beginning university courses in 2018/19 and in September 2019 for the academic year 2019/20 following Brexit will still be entitled to undergraduate tuition fee loans or postgraduate loans from the UK's Student Loans Company (SLC), according to the existing eligibility criteria, for the full duration of their course. At present it is not clear if students starting later than September 2019 will be covered by the Government’s confirmation.

If you already have an SLC student loan, you will continue to receive instalments for the full duration of your studies and should continue your studies as usual.  For more information, please see the SLC website. 



Until we have clarity around the nature of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, it is not possible to provide students with specific travel advice.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on March 29, 2019, students should keep up-to-date with information on the Government website and consider that there might be some delays at entry points into the UK and into EU countries.

The Government’s current passport advice is that should we leave the EU without a deal, UK nationals will need a minimum of six months remaining on their existing passport prior to travelling to Europe.  If, for example, you have a ten-year passport, which is older than 9 years and 6 months on the date you plan to travel, this should to be renewed in advance.  A passport checking service is now available on the www.gov.uk website.

The Government has now also outlined its proposals for new EU students arriving in the UK after March 29, 2019 to begin a new course of study.  This can be accessed below. In the event of a no deal exit from the EU, students will be required to apply for European Temporary Leave to remain if they wish to study in the United Kingdom for more than three months.


If you have any queries that are not covered on this page please contact brexit@port.ac.uk for further guidance.

You may also find the Q&A’s prepared by Universities UK helpful, these can be accessed below:

Universities UK International Brexit FAQs

Universities UK International Brexit FAQs for EU students


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