Brexit – FAQs

The UK officially left the EU on 31 January 2020 and entered a transitional period. During this transition, nothing significant changes for individuals (except voting rights for UK nationals who reside in France) and businesses as the EU rights still apply. The EU and the United Kingdom will use this transitional period to negotiate their future relationship.

Please note that ULIP remains committed to academic and cultural exchange and welcomes UK, EU, and international students seeking to obtain the best of a British education on the continent of Europe.

Person standing on the Union Jack and EU Flag

Brexit – FAQs

The UK officially left the EU on 31 January 2020 and entered a transitional period. During this transition, nothing significant changes for individuals (except voting rights for UK nationals who reside in France) and businesses as the EU rights still apply. The EU and the United Kingdom will use this transitional period to negotiate their future relationship.

Please note that ULIP remains committed to academic and cultural exchange and welcomes UK, EU, and international students seeking to obtain the best of a British education on the continent of Europe.

The UK officially left the EU on 31 January 2020 and entered a transitional period. During this transition, nothing significant changes for individuals (except voting rights for UK nationals who reside in France) and businesses as the EU rights still apply. The EU and the United Kingdom will use this transitional period to negotiate their future relationship.

We have recently sent information to all current students with advice on applying for the special residence permit available to British citizens who settled in France before 31st December 2020. At this time,  we are unable to confirm arrangements for students arriving in France after 1st January 2021. We will keep this page up to date as we approach the end of the transitional period which is due to end on 31 December 2020.

While we await further clarification of how Brexit will be implemented, please find below the answers to some common questions. Please note that ULIP remains committed to academic and cultural exchange and welcomes UK, EU, and international students seeking to obtain the best of a British education on the continent of Europe.

If you have any questions or concerns, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

British students studying or applying to study at ULIP

Will I still be able to study at ULIP?

Yes – absolutely! British students have been studying at ULIP since long before Britain’s entry into the EU and will continue to do so.

What rate of tuition fee will I be required to pay?

All students who are assessed as having Home (UK) status will continue to be charged the Home rate of tuition fees. This currently stands at £9250.

Will I still be eligible for UK Student Finance?

Yes – eligible home students studying at ULIP will continue to be eligible for Student Finance, receiving loans and / or grants from the Student Loans Company to pay their tuition fees and support their living costs.

Will I need a visa to study in France?

UK nationals do not currently need a visa to live, study, or work in France. Students who are in France before 31st December 2020 will be able to make an online application for a specific residency permit. Immigration regulations for UK nationals joining ULIP after 31st December 2020 may change at the end of the transitional period. ULIP will provide all necessary support for students who need to apply for a visa. Students who hold a EU passport will not be required to apply for a visa.

Will I be eligible for access to healthcare and other benefits in France?

Yes. Non-EU students are already eligible for a range of benefits in France, including basic health cover. Once the UK has left the EU, students will be able to access basic health cover in France by registering for sécurité sociale étudiante.

EU Students studying or applying to study at ULIP

Will I still be able to study at ULIP?

Yes – absolutely! ULIP has a long history of welcoming students from across the globe and will remain open to all students with a thirst for knowledge, regardless of their nationality. 

What rate of tuition fees will I be required to pay?

From 2021 entry, unless they have pre-settled or settled status in the UK and meet residency requirements, EU students will no longer be eligible for Home fees. ULIP has set a special EU and International fee of £12,000 per year for undergraduate students starting in September 2021. 

As an EU student, will I still be eligible for UK Student finance?

No, unless you have pre-settled or settled status in the UK and meet residency requirements. Visit Student Finance, to check your eligibility for loans and/or grants.

Will I need a visa to study in France?

No. EU nationals do not currently need a visa to live, study, or work in France. These arrangements are unaffected by the UK’s exit from the EU. 

Will I be eligible for access to healthcare and other benefits in France?

Yes. EU residents are currently eligible for a range of benefits in France, including basic health cover. These arrangements are unaffected by the UK’s exit from the EU.

Data protection and Brexit

What is the current situation now the trade deal has been agreed?

The transition period ended on 1 January 2021. The current EU data protection law the GDPR became the 'UK GDPR' and transitioned into UK law alongside the UK Data Protection Act 2018. The trade deal set in place a further transition period of up to six months to enable the European Commission to complete its adequacy assessment of the UK's data protection laws. In this period EU-UK data flows continue as before without implementing additional safeguards. We await the outcome of this period and the subsequent guidance from UK and EU privacy regulators. 

Do our data protection obligations to you change?

In data protection terms our obligations to you as a student to manage your data fairly, lawfully and securely remain unchanged. Your data protection rights - the right of access, the right to erasure etc. - also remain in force. Further information on this can be found on the University website at the "Your Rights" section on the data protection page: https://london.ac.uk/about-us/how-university-run/policies/data-protection