Read our latest update - January 2019

Cranfield is a global university and we are proud to welcome students from across the world every year. This year has seen people from over 100 countries arrive at Cranfield eager to learn, develop their thinking and make their impact on 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.

The UK Government’s decision to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty has started a period of up to two years of negotiation, between the UK Government and the European Union over the terms of the UK’s exit, these negotiations are likely to end in March 2019.

During this period of negotiation, the UK will remain a full member of the European Union and during this time there will be:

  • No change in the immigration status of current and prospective EU students.
  • No change in the participation of programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+.

The UK Government has also made a number of guarantees to students and prospective students from the EU.

  • EU students applying to start a course in England in 2017-18 will continue to be eligible for tuition fee loans and for 'home' fee status for the duration of their study. 
  • Prospective students will also still be able to access Erasmus+ for the time the UK remains a member of the EU.
  • EU nationals starting courses in the next academic year (2017-18) will continue to be eligible for Research Council PhD studentships to help fund their studies for the full duration of their course. This will be the case even if the course finishes after the UK has left the European Union.

The UK Government’s recent position on its Brexit principles included some positive signals in relation to the value of international talent and international collaboration for universities. However, there are as yet no formal policy proposals or negotiating positions confirmed on the key issues for universities.

Universities UK, the representative body for universities, has said that the two immediate priorities it is urging the Government to take action to address are: 

  • Confirmation of rights to reside and work in the UK post-exit for EU nationals that are currently working in the university sector and their dependants;
  • Confirmation that EU students starting a course in 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 will continue to be eligible for home fee status, and be eligible for loans and grants.

For more information or for any questions you have about studying at Cranfield please contact

Universities UK have also produced a helpful ‘frequently asked questions’ section on their website.