EU Students

Staff and students from the EU arriving after 31 December 2020

In Wales, we will continue to welcome people from the EU, including UK nationals living in the EEA or Switzerland, to work or study in Wales.

Nationals from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland who intend to study in Wales from 1 January 2021 will need to apply through the new Student route before coming to the UK.

All students who started a course before 1 August 2021 will continue to receive support for the duration of their course. EU students should speak to their university’s student finance office or visit the Student Finance Wales website for more information about the support available.

EU students who are not settled and begin a course of higher or further education on or after 1 August 2021 will not be eligible for support or, in the case of higher education courses, home fee status. Irish nationals will however still be eligible for support under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Subject to legislation being made, the Welsh Government will provide support to EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who benefit from citizens’ rights under the various withdrawal agreements, family members of People of Northern Ireland, Children of Swiss nationals, Children of Turkish Workers, UK nationals living in the EEA and Switzerland, UK and EU nationals resident in Gibraltar, and British and Irish citizens under the Common Travel Area arrangement who start a course on or after 1 August 2021. Some groups will have support limited to courses beginning before 1 January 2028. All groups will benefit from home fee status in Wales. In addition, UK nationals living in the British overseas territories will be eligible for home fee status, as will, until 1 January 2028, UK nationals living in the EU overseas territories. As is usual, residency conditions will apply.