We would like to reassure our students, staff and our partners that Aston University is firmly committed to our relationships within the European Union.

The UK has left the European Union with the transition period ending on 31 December 2020. 

This will mean that there may be changes to your student journey at Aston. We have highlighted below the key changes.

COVID–19

The current global pandemic means that working and studying at Aston University is different this year, and it’s important to be aware of changes to UK visa and immigration requirements. You can keep up to date with the University’s information about Covid-19 here.

Fee Status

If you are a UK national but have been living in the EEA for at least the last three years, you may qualify for Home (UK) fees. Please contact fee assessment for further information.

This page was last updated on 12 February 2021 and is being monitored frequently.

Applicants with EU/EEA/Swiss nationality (starting from January 2021)

EU students starting a course at Aston in the academic year 2020/21 (between August 2020 and July 2021) are eligible to pay Home/EU fees for the duration of their course. This means EU students will continue to have access to student loans and grants, even if the course concludes after 31 December 2020.

The tuition fee status and student funding rules are different for EEA or Swiss nationals. The current fee status and funding rules that apply to EEA and Swiss students will continue to apply to those starting courses at Aston in the academic year 2020/21, even if the course concludes after the UK has left the EU.

If you are already living in or will be moving to live in the UK before 31 December 2020, you may be eligible to apply for the EU settlement scheme. Details can be found at the further down this page.

If you are starting your studies at Aston University in September 2021, please note that EU, EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be charged the same tuition rates as Home (UK) students.

If you are already living in or will be moving to live in the UK before 31 December 2020, you may be eligible to apply for the EU settlement scheme. Details can be found further down this page.

Our International Student Advice team are here to help give advice on your individual situation so if you have any questions, please email astoninternational@aston.ac.uk.

Have you already applied for the UK settlement scheme?

YES

  •  if you arrived in the UK before 31 December 2020, you can apply under the EU settlement scheme and become a 'home fee payer'
  • if you have, or are, arriving after 31 December 2020*, you need to apply for a Student Visa and become a 'home fee payer'

NO

  •  Please provide us with details of your application and we will advise you further

*If you are a returning student, you may still be eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme, please contact us for more information.

Current Aston students EU/EEA/Swiss Nationality

All current Aston students with EU nationality who are enrolled in the current academic year 2020/21:

  • Remain eligible for undergraduate, master’s, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support. This means EU students will continue to have access to student loans and grants, even if the course concludes after 31 December 2020
  • Remain eligible for Home/EU fee status, which means they are charged the same tuition fees as UK students.

Other non-EU, international students (including students from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) do not have their tuition fees capped in this way and pay the overseas tuition fee.

We are encouraging current students to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, where appropriate, which will allow you to remain in the UK visa-free from 1 January 2021. Details can be found further down this page.

Our International Student Advice team are here to help give advice on your individual situation so if you have any questions, please email astoninternational@aston.ac.uk.
 

Have you already applied for the UK settlement scheme?

YES

 if you arrived in the UK before 31 December 2020, you can apply under the EU settlement scheme and become a 'home fee payer' if you have, or are, arriving after 31 December 2020*, you need to apply for a Student Visa and become a 'home fee payer'

 

*If you are a returning student, you may still be eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme, please contact us for more information.

NO

 Please provide us with details of your application and we will advise you further

 

Outgoing Placements

Despite the current global pandemic which may be restricting placements, there is Erasmus+ funding available to students who are on approved placements during the academic year 2020/21.  

If you are a placement student, then you may be wondering how Brexit affects you in relation to the changes in the

  • UK visa and immigration requirements if you are an EU / EEA / Swiss national; or
  • EU visa and immigration requirements if you are a UK national.

EU / EEA / Swiss nationals on placement year

We are encouraging current students to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme where appropriate, which will allow you to remain in the UK visa-free from 1 January 2021. Details can be found further down this page.

UK nationals on placement in the EU

If you are a UK national, we advise you to check the expiry date of your passport – you should have at least six months left on your passport from the date of your arrival into the EU. Please also note that if you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the six months needed. Please see the Government web page for further information.

You are advised to seek further information about the visa and immigration requirements for the EU country you wish to undertake your placement.

Our International Student Advice team are here to help give advice on your individual situation so if you have any questions, please email astoninternational@aston.ac.uk.

Incoming Erasmus+ Exchanges

Despite the current global pandemic which may be restricting exchanges, Aston University continues to welcome incoming exchanges, and we are operating a blended approach to learning and teaching where you will study both online and on-campus during Term 1. All large-scale lectures will be delivered using online technology.

If you have already started your exchange at Aston, or are considering travelling to the campus, you may be wondering how this affects you in relation to the changes in UK visa and immigration requirements.

We are encouraging current exchange students who are already on campus to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme where appropriate, which will allow you to remain in the UK visa-free from 1 January 2021.

Our International Student Advice team are here to help give advice on your individual situation so if you have any questions, please email astoninternational@aston.ac.uk.

Have you already applied for the UK settlement scheme?

YES

- if you arrived in the UK before 31 December 2020, you can apply under the EU settlement scheme and become a 'home fee payer'
- if you have, or are, arriving after 31 December 2020 and will be studying for more than 6 months, you need to apply for a Student Visa. If you are studying for less than 6 months, you may be able to do so as a visitor to the UK.

 

NO

 Please provide us with details of your application and we will advise you further

 

Masters Students (Double, Second and Joint Degrees)

If you are currently enrolled at Aston University and will be expected to study the next academic year (2021/22) at an EU partner:

If you are a UK national, we advise you to check the expiry date of your passport – you should have at least six months left on your passport from the date of your arrival into the EU. Please also note that if you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed. Please see the Government web page for further information.

You are advised to seek further information about the visa and immigration requirements for the EU country you wish to undertake your placement.

If you are an EU national, please follow the advice provided in the section Current students with EU / EEA / Swiss nationality above.

Our International Student Advice team are here to help give advice on your individual situation so if you have any questions, please email astoninternational@aston.ac.uk.

If you are intending to study at Aston from September 2021:

If you are a UK national we advise you to check the expiry date of your passport, You should have at least six months left on your passport from the date of your arrival into the EU. Please also note that if you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed. Please see the Government web page for further information.

You are advised to seek further information about the visa and immigration requirements for the EU country you wish to undertake your placement.

If you are an EU national, please follow the advice provided in the section Current students with EU / EEA / Swiss nationality above.

Our International Student Advice team are here to help give advice on your individual situation so if you have any questions, please email astoninternational@aston.ac.uk.

EU/EEA/Swiss national and Professional Visitor

From 1 January 2021, a new UK immigration system will be introduced, and you will need to apply for the correct immigration permission to visit the UK, and this will depend on your main purpose to come to the UK. This can often be a very complex and confusing process as there are a number of variables that need to be considered, so you must discuss your options with our Professional Visitors Team before you apply. If you apply for the wrong permission, you may not be allowed onto out campus, so it is really important you seek our experts’ advice well in advance of your arrival.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with our Professional Visitors team at intvisitors@aston.ac.uk

The EU Settlement Scheme

What is it?

The EU settlement scheme is now open to all non-UK EEA citizens and their family members who are living in the UK and there are no application fees. Anyone who has already completed a period of at least 5 years continuous residency in the UK will be granted Settled status. Anyone who has not will be granted Pre-settled status and will then be able to apply for Settled status once they have met the 5 year residency requirement.

Why should I apply?

This type of immigration permission exists under UK law and is not part of EU rules, and it gives you the right to work and study in the UK without restriction.  This means that now that the UK has left the EU, all non-UK EEA nationals need to make an application under the EU settlement scheme. 

How can I Apply?

You can apply for the EU settlement scheme from inside the UK or from outside the UK (if you have previously been living in the UK).  Applications are made online and you can save the application and log back in at any time.

If you have a biometric passport then you will be able to verify your identity using an app and will not need to send your passport to the Home Office. As part of the application process your details will be electronically checked with other government databases to help verify your period of residency in the UK.  You will be asked to provide your National Insurance Number (if you have one) and you may be asked to upload some other documents such as a letter proving your student status. 

At the end of the application, you will be given a provisional decision about whether your application was successful and if you qualify for Settled or Pre-settled status. If you do not agree with the decision then you can upload additional documents to cover periods missing in your residency. 

Your application will then be considered by a Home Office caseworker and you will be contacted by email with a final decision. 

If you are an EEA national then you will only get electronic confirmation of your Settled or Pre-settled status and will not get a physical document. You will still be able to log into your application portal to show your decision and grant of status. 

How can I get help with my application?

Our International Student Advice team are available to help students with applications to the EU settlement scheme. They are based in The Hub on the ground floor of the Main Building and you can contact the team by phone on 0121 204 4567 or by email at astoninternational@aston.ac.uk

How Brexit affects Aston staff

We’ve pulled together information to help to support our many staff across all areas of the University who are directly affected by the UK’s decision to leave the EU.