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EU referendum - message to current and future students

Strathclyde is well-recognised for its global outlook and the diverse, international make up of our student and staff communities.

You will be aware of the outcome of the referendum and the UK’s decision to leave the EU. Rest assured that nothing will change in the short term.

The formal consequences of this decision will be subject to a process of negotiation over several years with many opportunities for the University to influence key decisions. Throughout the transition, our focus will be on ensuring we continue to offer an environment that is international in outlook, well-funded, and an attractive destination for talented people from across Europe and beyond.

All of our students are very important to us and we look forward to welcoming many more from across the globe in the future.

We are working with the Scottish Government to protect the benefits of EU membership.

Tuition fees for EU students who started in 2016

The Scottish Government confirmed that there is no change to the funding arrangements for the duration of studies of our current EU students and those commencing in 2016-17, and freedom of movement provisions are also unchanged. There is also no immediate impact on incoming or outgoing Erasmus exchanges.

Tuition fees for EU undergraduates starting in 2017

The Scottish Government has now confirmed it will extend its guarantee around free tuition for EU undergraduate students joining Strathclyde in the 2017/18 academic year.

This will apply to students for the duration of their studies. If you’re thinking of applying for 2017/18 entry, please apply in the usual way.

This advice is the same for students with dual nationality, ie domiciled outside the EU but holding an EU passport.

Tuition fees for EU postgraduates starting in 2017

EU postgraduate students joining Strathclyde in the 2017/18 academic year will continue to be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students.

If you’re thinking of applying for 2017 entry, please apply in the usual way.

Future changes to tuition fees for EU undergraduates & postgraduates 

Future changes to the fee status of EU students enrolling at Strathclyde will depend on the timing and terms of the UK's exit from the EU and would also require changes to existing UK and Scottish legislation.

Current indications are that the UK would leave the EU at the earliest in 2019 so any changes would not take effect before the academic year 2019/20.

We will keep you informed of further relevant developments.

Best wishes,

Professor Sir Jim McDonald
Principal and Vice-Chancellor