Cranfield is a global university. Our outlook is reflected in our teaching and research, whether that is through our global partnerships with business or other universities, or whether that is in the make-up of our staff and the students who come to Cranfield from hundreds of countries across the world.

We believe education and research are powerful tools that change the world. At Cranfield we pride ourselves on bringing together some of the brightest minds from across the world, to solve global challenges in our specialist areas.

The UK’s exit from the European Union will not change our outlook on the world. We believe that international collaboration and knowledge exchange are a fundamental part of our education and transformational research.

If you are starting your studies, as an EU Student, at Cranfield in 2019/2020 or 2020/2021 your fees will be the same as a UK student, throughout your study period.

For more information or for any questions you have about Brexit or anything else we very happy to support you and answer your queries. Please contact study@cranfield.ac.uk if you have a question you would like us to help you with.

There are a number of useful resources where you can get additional information about Brexit, including:

  • The UK Government’s ‘Brexit check’ which contains advice on preparing for Brexit, including a number of useful links;
  • The UK Council for International Student Affairs have produced a helpful resource section on their website.

Additionally, answers to some frequently asked questions can be found below.

What fees will I pay in 2020-21?

If you are starting your studies in the 2020/2021 academic year, up to 31 July 2021, your fees will be the same as a UK student, throughout your study period.

What fees will I pay if I defer my offer to 2021-22?

Fees have not been set for the 2021-22 academic year and no announcement has been made by the UK Government as to whether EU students will pay the same fees as UK students in this year.

It is possible that EU students will pay the same fees as international students from the rest of the world, in the year 2021-2022.

What fees will I pay if I start in 2020-21 but my course lasts more than one year?

If you are starting your studies in the 2020/2021 academic year, up to 31 July 2021, your fees will be the same as a UK student, throughout your study period.

Will Brexit affect student loans and student finance?

If you are starting your studies in the 2020/2021 academic year, up to 31 July 2021, you will be able to access financial support from Student Finance England for the entire duration of your course.

How will Erasmus grants and Erasmus+ be affected?

The UK will continue to participate in Erasmus+ until the end of the programme in 2020. This means staff and students can complete mobility periods, and receive funding, through the Erasmus+ programme until the end of the academic year 2020-21.

There has not yet been an agreement on the UK’s relationship with EU programmes that are due to start in 2021 (Horizon Europe and the next Erasmus).

Do I need a visa to study in 2020-21?

You can still come to the UK (without requiring a visa) until 31 December 2020.

When you arrive in the UK, you should apply for pre-settlement in the EU Settlement Scheme. You will need to do this by 30 June 2021.

If you successfully apply for the EU Settlement Scheme you’ll be able to:

  • Work in the UK;
  • Use the NHS for free as you do now;
  • Enrol in education or continue studying;
  • Access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if you’re eligible for them;
  • Travel in and out of the UK.

Those arriving from 1 January 2021 will need to apply for immigration permission to come to the UK under the immigration rules in place at that time. This is likely to take the form of a student visa.

Will my Cranfield degree be recognised in my home country/elsewhere in Europe?

UK degrees are recognised in many countries around the world, and there are a number of agreements between different countries that support this. Some of these are not related to the European Union which means that after the UK leaves the EU, most academic qualifications will still be recognised.

Can I work in the UK after completion of my studies?

If you have successfully applied for the EU Settlement Scheme you’ll be able to:

  • Work in the UK;
  • Use the NHS for free as you do now;
  • Enrol in education or continue studying;
  • Access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if you’re eligible for them;
  • Travel in and out of the UK.

If you do not apply for the EU Settlement Scheme or you arrive in the UK after 31 December 2020, you will need to apply for permission to work in the UK under the immigration rules in place at that time.

Can I bring my family to the UK to stay while I study? Will they need a visa?

Your eligible family members can still come to the UK (without requiring a visa) until 31 December 2020.

When they arrive in the UK, they should apply for pre-settlement in the EU Settlement Scheme. They will need to do this by 30 June 2021.

If you successfully apply for the EU Settlement Scheme you’ll be able to:

  • Work in the UK;
  • Use the NHS for free as you do now;
  • Enrol in education or continue studying;
  • Access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if you’re eligible for them;
  • Travel in and out of the UK.

Those arriving from 1 January 2021 will need to apply for immigration permission to come to the UK under the immigration rules in place at that time.

Can my family visit me while I study? Will they need a visa?

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can continue to travel to the UK for holidays or short-term trips, without needing a visa.

Please check the travel advice from your government on travelling to the UK.

Do I need a visa to work after my course has finished?

If you have successfully applied for the EU Settlement Scheme you’ll be able to:

  • Work in the UK;
  • Use the NHS for free as you do now;
  • Enrol in education or continue studying;
  • Access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if you’re eligible for them;
  • Travel in and out of the UK.

If you do not apply for the EU Settlement Scheme or you arrive in the UK after 31 December 2020, you will need to apply for permission to work in the UK under the immigration rules in place at that time.

Will Brexit impact on the teaching quality at Cranfield and our ability to attract EU academics to work here?

Cranfield is a global university attracting students and staff from across the world. Brexit will not change this and we will continue to seek out the best teaching talent to maintain and enhance our students learning and experience with us.

Will Cranfield still benefit from relationships with other European universities?

Cranfield has partnerships with a number of universities through its European Partner Programme. Our strong links with our European partners span many decades. While the rules and regulations of how we collaborate may change due to Brexit, our partnerships are built on long-standing collaborations based on common goals around research and education.

Research students' co-supervision arrangements (with European institutions) - will there be any impact on field trips, conferences etc?

EU students will retain the right to freedom of movement within the EU.