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EU Students

EU Students in Wales

In 2015/16 Wales welcomed around 5,500 EU students to its universities, making up 25% of the total international student body. Welsh universities are proud of the international communities fostered on campus and are committed to ensuring that a warm welcome is extended to students from the EU and beyond.

Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams

“I want to send a message loud and clear that students and staff from across the European Union are welcome at Welsh Universities. There are thousands of people who have a special place for Wales in their hearts after studying here. Our universities are central to our social and economic future and they thrive through the diversity of the people who come to them.”

Where are we now?

  • The EU referendum outcome and the start of negotiations to exit the EU have not changed the immigration status of current EU students or those about to start a course in the coming academic year (2017–18).
  • EU students entering Welsh universities in 2017/18 and 2018/19 will continue to pay the same fees as students from Wales.
  • EU students enrolled on courses in Wales who are eligible to receive loans and grants will continue to do so for the duration of their course. This also applies to students starting in 2017/18 or 2018/19. This has been confirmed by Student Finance Wales.
  • The process for the UK to leave the EU started when the UK triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty in March 2017, formally signaling its intent to leave the EU. The negotiation process is expected to take two years. The UK remains a full and active member of the EU’s mobility and research programmes during this process.

More information is available on Universities UK’s useful Brexit FAQ page.

Sonia Urbaniak, Łódź, Poland on Studying in Wales

“Studying Business and Management in Aberystwyth was one of my best ideas. Not only has the university provided me with a good degree, but also friends for life and great memories. On top of that, I managed to get an internship after my graduation and decided to undertake further study through a Master’s degree in Management and Marketing. I am sure it will be time well spent with support from my lecturers.”

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