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Brexit advice for current students at Warwick

We are dedicated to supporting all our students. We continue to be proud of our international community and will offer you a global experience, whatever the outcome of Brexit.

This guidance is for current students. If you are planning to apply to Warwick, you should see our advice for future students.

Will Brexit affect student loans and student finance?

In the event of Brexit where a deal has been agreed, the government has confirmed that EU students who begin their degrees in or before the academic year 2019-20 and the 2020-21 academic year will still be eligible for home student fees and financial support.

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, the same will apply for students at Warwick in or before the academic year 2019-20. You can read further information about student finance in the event of a no-deal Brexit on the Government's website.

Most EU nationals have the same fees as home students and are eligible for financial support. Please take a look at our information on tuition fees, undergraduate loans, postgraduate loans, and research funding from UK Research Councils.


Your immigration status

Our International Office has prepared advice on the EU settlement scheme, including your options in a no-deal situation.


Healthcare

Please read the UKCISA's advice on healthcare while studying in the UK.


Driving

If there is a no-deal Brexit, the rules on driving in the UK without a UK licence might change. Make sure you have checked UKCISA's advice on driving in the UK.


Data roaming

Changes to data roaming charges may be impacted by Brexit. Currently there is a capped rate, but this may change after the UK leaves the EU.

If you have dual nationality and one of these is EU/EEA, our current advice is that it would be more advantageous to you to use your EU/EEA nationality when coming to the UK and during your stay in the UK.

If you would like further individual advice on this topic, please contact our Immigration Service.

Warwick has committed to fund all our outbound Erasmus+ students on the 2019-20 academic year.

We have seen a steady increase in participation in the Erasmus+ programme. We are working to ensure our partnerships within Europe will continue.


Passports

If there is a no-deal Brexit then the rules for travelling to most countries in Europe will change.

UK nationals should have at least six months left on their passport from the date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports.

If you renewed a 10 year adult passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date, making it valid for more than 10 years. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the six months that should be remaining for travel to most countries in Europe.


Healthcare

You should prepare for possible changes to how you access healthcare.

If you have a regular European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), you must return it and apply for a student one. You will need a letter from Warwick confirming that you are a student, along with the address of where you are studying overseas; your qualification, start and end dates.

If you are on a work placement, you are not entitled to use a student EHIC (this includes British Council Language Assistantship students).

In the event of a no-deal Brexit

The European Health Insurance Card may not be valid if there is a no-deal Brexit. Arrangements between countries may vary, but it may result in treatment needing to be paid in full.

You should therefore consider purchasing private health insurance to replace the card. (You will always have the University's Business Travel Insurance free of charge, but this is only for emergency use and does not cover general healthcare.)

We can provide personal letters for non-EU students to assist with visa applications.


Driving

If you decide to drive when you are abroad, you need to check that you have the right documents. For example, you may need an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in some countries. If you are taking your own vehicle you need to check if there are any extra requirements. You will need a green card (allow at least a month to get this from your vehicle insurance company). You will also need a GB sticker; permission to take the vehicle abroad if you are not the registered keeper; and safety equipment and spares as required by that country (for example, breathalysers, headlight conversion kits).


Data roaming

Changes to data roaming charges may be impacted by Brexit. Currently there is a capped rate, but this may change after 31 October.

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Passports

If there is a no-deal Brexit then the rules for travelling to most countries in Europe will change.

UK nationals should have at least six months left on their passport from the date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports.

If you renewed a 10 year adult passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date, making it valid for more than 10 years. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the six months that should be remaining for travel to most countries in Europe.


Healthcare

You should prepare for possible changes to how you access healthcare.

If you have a regular European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), you must return it and apply for a student one. You will need a letter from Warwick confirming that you are a student, along with the address of where you are studying overseas; your qualification, start and end dates.

If you are on a work placement, you are not entitled to use a student EHIC (this includes British Council Language Assistantship students).

In the event of a no-deal Brexit

The European Health Insurance Card may not be valid if there is a no-deal Brexit. Arrangements between countries may vary, but it may result in treatment needing to be paid in full.

You should therefore consider purchasing private health insurance to replace the card. (You will always have the University's Business Travel Insurance free of charge, but this is only for emergency use and does not cover general healthcare.)

We can provide personal letters for non-EU students to assist with visa applications.


Driving

If you decide to drive when you are abroad, you need to check that you have the right documents. For example, you may need an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in some countries. If you are taking your own vehicle you need to check if there are any extra requirements. You will need a green card (allow at least a month to get this from your vehicle insurance company). You will also need a GB sticker; permission to take the vehicle abroad if you are not the registered keeper; and safety equipment and spares as required by that country (for example, breathalysers, headlight conversion kits).


Data roaming

Changes to data roaming charges may be impacted by Brexit. Currently there is a capped rate, but this may change after 31 October.

Warwick strongly supports the Erasmus+ programme, and we have submitted bids to fund students through to 2021. However, a no-deal Brexit may impact on the future participation in the programme. It may also impact on the current breadth of placements.

We will keep in touch with all students when we know more, and will update this page too. Meanwhile we encourage you to explore the travel advice for current students on this page. You can see the most up-to-date information through Erasmus+'s website.

Finance and funding

You will need to contact your home institution regarding Erasmus+ grant arrangements.


Your immigration status

We recommend that you explore the following two pages for further information:


Healthcare

Please read the UKCISA's advice on healthcare while studying in the UK.


Driving

If there is a no-deal Brexit, the rules on driving in the UK without a UK license might change. Make sure you have checked UKCISA's advice on driving in the UK.

We welcome students from across Europe to study at Warwick.

You may be interested in exploring the following links for the latest news:

Finance and funding

You will need to contact your home institution regarding Erasmus+ grant arrangements.


Your immigration status

We recommend that you explore the following two pages for further information:


Healthcare

Please read the UKCISA's advice on healthcare while studying in the UK.


Driving

If there is a no-deal Brexit, the rules on driving in the UK without a UK license might change. Make sure you have checked UKCISA's advice on driving in the UK.

If you are engaged in overseas field trips or research placements, you need to check the immigration and visa requirements of the country you are visiting.


Co-tutelle

Students supervised through a co-tutelle arrangement should consider the impact upon their intended research schedule of any additional requirements imposed by travel to destinations in Europe; a requirement to obtain visas, for example, may mean that additional time needs to be built into planning ahead of visits which can only be conducted on specific dates. This would also apply to students whose research projects would be expected to include field trips, periods of primary research or collaboration in the EU.


Horizon 2020

The UK Government has guaranteed that if the UK leaves the EU without a deal it will underwrite funding for all successful UK Horizon 2020 bids submitted by UK participants before the UK exits the EU. In an extension to the guarantee, the UK government committed to fund all successful UK Horizon 2020 bids where UK organisations are able to participate as a third country. This extension runs from exit day until the end of 2020 with funding guaranteed for the lifetime of the projects.

The process of accessing the UK underwrite will be managed by Research & Impact Services. If a deal is secured before exit date the expectation is that existing Horizon 2020 grants will continue to be funded by the European Commission. In addition, the government has stipulated that EU nationals will remain eligible for Research Council studentships for the academic year 19/20 and that there will be continued support for postgraduates from the EU in the academic year 20/21.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs has given advice on how Brexit may affect the family members of EEA students.

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