Aston in Europe

Located in the vibrant and multicultural city of Birmingham, Aston University is a hub of international activity and is firmly committed to welcoming students and staff from all over the World. We recognise the huge impact the cultural capital our staff and student has on not only our campus but also the wider West Midlands region.


EU Referendum

Aston is committed to our EU students and we want to reassure all applicants that we continue to value all our students from outside the UK, who are an essential component of our campus life and our academic community. Please see the below sections for further information regarding the triggering of Article 50, and how this may affect you. 

EU fees

Currently most EU nationals have the same fee rate as UK students, and have access to Student Finance. This has not changed at this stage, and following the result of the UK's EU Referendum, the then Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, confirmed in a statement issued on Monday 27 June 2016 that students from EU countries currently at UK universities will continue to receive student loan support for the normal duration of their studies. 

In April 2017, the UK Government announced that EU students applying for University places in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic year will remain eligible for financial support. 

  • EU students will continue to remain eligible for undergraduate, master’s, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support in the academic year 2018-19 and 2019-20. The decision means EU students applying for an undergraduate or master’s course at an English university or further education institution in the 2018/19 or 2019/20 academic year will continue to have access to student loans and grants, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU.
  • EU students are eligible for home fee status, which means they are charged the same tuition fees as UK students. Other non-EU, international students do not have their tuition fees capped in this way.
  • EU nationals will also remain eligible to apply for Research Council PhD studentships at UK institutions for 2018/19 and 2019/20 to help cover costs for the duration of their study.

Beyond 2019-20 we do not yet know what will or won’t change as this will be negotiated by the UK Government and the EU at a later date. This page will be updated as soon as these are confirmed.

More information about the latest announcements can be found on the Government's website. 

Further fee information for EU students applying for undergraduate study is available from the Government and on our website. Universities UK and The British Council have produced a useful document for EU students coming to the UK either as a full-time student or as an exchange student. The document can be accessed here

Information and entry requirements for European countries

Your country not listed? Contact us for more information.

EU Visas 

*Subject to the UK and EU finalising a Brexit agreement*, students will not require a visa if they are arriving before 1st January 2021. If you arrive between 30th March and 31st December 2020, you will need to register to stay for more than three months but you will still not need a visa.

*Subject to the UK and EU finalising a Brexit agreement*If you arrive before January 1st 2021, you are also able to apply to stay in the UK for the five years it takes to build up settled status. From January 2021 the situation has not yet been confirmed, however we will update this page as soon as it is.

Our Visa Compliance team are here to help give advice on your individual situation so if you have any questions, please get in touch on

Erasmus+ Programme

The National Agency for Erasmus+ in the UK, a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK, remains wholly committed to the programme and its benefits. The National Agency strongly supports continued full membership of the programme for the UK through to 2020, so that at least 250,000 people across the UK have the chance to study, train or volunteer abroad, and that UK organisations can continue to collaborate on international projects. Further information can be found here.

*Subject to the UK and EU finalising a Brexit agreement*, the UK and EU have agreed the UK's continued participation in the Erasmus+ Programme until the end of the project in 2020. This is outlined in the Universities UK article, which can be found here.

For those hoping to undertake Erasmus+ mobility after 2020, Erasmus+ participation post 2020 has not yet been confirmed. Aston is however committed to international mobility and international placements regardless of Brexit outcomes. Aston will continue delivering international placements, including work and study abroad. We are working with UUKI and other government agencies to ensure that outward mobility and funding for this activity remain a priority

The UK’s future skills-based immigration system White Paper also outlines strong commitment to exchanges and international experiences to university students (7.17):

“The Mobility Framework proposes that the UK and EU should continue to give young people and students the chance to benefit from each other’s world leading universities, including cultural exchanges. We will consider conditions for entry and stay for purposes such as study and youth exchanges. For example, the UK currently welcomes around 70,000 students from the EU under the Erasmus+ cultural exchange21. If we continue to participate in this or a similar programme, we intend to ensure that EU citizens can study in the UK without needing to go through the full student visa process. “

You can send any questions or concerns about Erasmus+ participation to our Erasmus team on

Research Funding

Aston recognises the importance of research collaboration between universities in the UK and EU and the great value research students bring to our campus.

EU nationals can continue to apply for Research Council PhD studentships for 2018-19.




This page will be updated as and when the UK Government and EU release new information and information is subject to change depending on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

Information last updated 19/12/2018.