Brexit: Support for UK Students living in the EU, EEA or Switzerland and returning to the UK to study post-EU exit

24 June 2019

The Department for the Economy have released an update concerning the UK's exit from the European Union, you can read the update below:

Support for UK Students living in the EU, EEA or Switzerland and returning to the UK to study Post-EU Exit

The Northern Ireland Department for the Economy has confirmed that it will protect the rights of UK nationals returning to Northern Ireland from the EU, the European Economic Area (EEA), and Switzerland to undertake higher and further education for seven years after the date of the UK’s exit from the European Union.

UK nationals, previously ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland, who are living in the EU, EEA or Switzerland, who wish to study in Northern Ireland, will continue to be eligible for home fee status and student support for a seven year transition period. This includes eligibility for further and higher education student support.

UK Nationals who lived in Northern Ireland before exercising their right to live in the EU, EEA or Switzerland and wish to return to the UK to study a higher education course should contact Student Finance NI to discuss their particular circumstances and check their eligibility.

In the event of a ‘no deal’ EU exit, the seven-year period would begin on exit day. If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, that period will commence at the end of the Implementation Period.

UK nationals studying at Higher Education institutions in Member States, should speak to their Higher Education provider about arrangements to complete courses there.

Last modified: 24 June 2019