EU withdrawal guidance for applicants

EU withdrawal guidance for applicants

Steps to take before joining us

We understand the UK's departure from the EU and the end of the transition period may cause some uncertainty among our incoming EU students, so we have put together this page to help address some of these concerns. Here, we walk you through the steps you need to take before and after arriving to the UK and answer your frequently asked questions.

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss student arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021, you must:

  • send confirmation of your status to europeanapplications.io@coventry.ac.uk if you have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme
  • successfully apply for a student visa and the associated Immigration Health Surcharge.

You do not need to apply for a student visa and pay for the associated Immigration Health Surcharge if you are:

  • an Irish citizen
  • an EU, EEA or Swiss national with pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • an EU, EEA or Swiss student and intend to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme - you will have until 30 June 2021 to apply (Note: you are only eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme if you arrived in the UK before 31 December 2020) 
  • studying for less than six months.

If you are a current EU, EEA and Swiss citizen, you (and your eligible family members) must apply for settled or pre-settled status to protect your residency in the UK. If you are already in the UK, or arrive before 31 December 2020, you will have until 30 June 2021 to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme.

To learn more about how to apply and whether you should apply, visit our EU Settlement Scheme page.

You must send evidence of your status to us by emailing europeanapplications.io@coventry.ac.uk.

You do not need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you:

  • are an Irish citizen (but your EEA, EU or Swiss family members do)
  • have an indefinite leave to remain or enter, but you can still submit an application if you wish

To check whether you or your family members need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, visit UK/Gov

The UK Government has confirmed that students from the EU, EEA or Switzerland starting a higher education course in January 2021 or May 2021, remain eligible for the home/EU fee status. Fees also remain the same for courses in the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 academic years.

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals starting courses in the 2021/22 academic year who hold 'settled’ or 'pre-settled' in the UK will no longer be eligible for home/UK fee status. Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland will continue to be eligible for home/UK fee status for 2021/22.

Read more about Coventry University’s fees and financing.

Yes. Financial support from Student Finance England covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of your course, providing you meet the residency requirement. You can read the full eligibility requirements at UK/Gov.

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals starting courses in the 2021/22 academic year who do not hold ‘settled’ or 'pre-settled' status in the UK will no longer be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England.

Read more about Coventry University’s fees and financing.

International students can contact our dedicated international Student Support Team at studentsupport.io@coventry.ac.uk.

For support with visa enquiries, contact visahelp.io@coventry.ac.uk.

If you are not sure who to contact our Student Engagement team can help connect you with a range of expert support. You can contact them on +44(0)24 7765 6565 between 07:00-22:00 Monday to Friday and 08:00-14:00 (GMT) on Saturdays, or by emailing engagement@coventry.ac.uk.

The services we offer are below:

  • access to our counselling and mental health service
  • a dedicated team of welfare and disability advisors providing advice and support
  • access to our suite of Connections Matter resources (requires university login) designed to help you stay connected and healthy, both mentally and physically
  • access to Togetherall (formerly Big White Wall), a completely anonymous digital mental health support service available online 24/7 for students and staff to express themselves freely and openly
  • support to register with a doctor (GP).

To explore a range of the welfare services we offer, please visit the appropriate campus information:

EU, EEA and Swiss students arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021 will need a visa.

You can apply for a visa if you:

  • have been offered a place on a course
  • have been issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) letter and inform us of your application by emailing io@coventry.ac.uk
  • can speak, read, write and understand English
  • have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course.

You do not need to apply for a student visa and pay for the associated Immigration Health Surcharge if you are:

  • an Irish citizen
  • an EU, EEA or Swiss national with pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • studying for less than six months.

To apply, you need to:

Please read our visa and immigration pages for full details and how to apply. For support with visa enquiries, contact visahelp.io@coventry.ac.uk.

If you have applied for the EU Settlement Scheme, you can use an online service to view your immigration status and prove your status to others.

Employers, landlords and public service providers will continue to accept EU, EEA and Swiss citizens’ passports and identity cards as evidence of their immigration status until 30 June 2021.

Visiting the UK

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and other non-visa nationals will not require a visa to enter the UK when visiting the UK for up to six months. All migrants looking to enter the UK for other reasons (such as work or study) will need to apply for entry clearance in advance.

More information can be found at UK/Gov.

If you are arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021, you must apply for a student visa and pay the associated Immigration Health Surcharge, which you can learn more about on our website.

You can calculate how much you’ll need to pay by going to UK/Gov.

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) remains valid for:

  • EU nationals visiting the UK
  • UK nationals visiting the EU.

In the UK, a new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) is being introduced which will replace the EHIC card.

Possession of a valid EHIC or GHIC gives visitors access to free or low-cost state-provided medical treatment during a temporary stay, and in some cases, pre-arranged medical treatment for certain conditions. The UK Government is advising travellers to have sufficient travel insurance with medical cover for their trips to the EU, as the EHIC or GHIC will not cover all costs, including repatriation costs. For more information about the EHIC, visit the NHS website.

Note that the new GHIC will not be valid in Norway, Lichtenstein, Iceland or Switzerland. For more information on travel to EU, EEA or Switzerland see UK/Gov.

EU and EEA licences will continue to be accepted in the UK for visitors and residents.

If you are a UK licence-holder living in another EU country, then you may need to exchange your UK licence for one issued by that country.

The UK Government has issued specific advice for each country.

If you plan to bring a pet into the UK new rules apply from 1 January 2021. See:

The university continues to participate in the current Erasmus+ programme (2014-2020) and has secured funding to support outward mobility of Coventry University students until 2023 (subject to availability).

The UK Government has decided not to join the new Erasmus+ programme (which will run from 2021-2027). It has instead launched a new UK international mobility programme, the Turing Scheme. We are awaiting full details of how the scheme will operate; however, the UK Government has announced it will support 35,000 international mobility placements - for UK students to study and work abroad - during the academic year 2021/2022. We will be adding more information to these pages as it becomes available.

We encourage you to read the travel advice on theUK Government website if you are undertaking:

  • study abroad
  • Erasmus + exchanges
  • work abroad placements
  • or those travelling to EU, EEA or Swiss countries for academic study from 1 January 2021.

For study abroad enquiries, please contact Centre for Global Engagement get.cge@coventry.ac.uk.

For work abroad opportunities, please contact Talent Team talentteam@coventry.ac.uk.

We are continuing to welcome students from across the EU during and beyond the transition period.

If you are interested in coming to study at Coventry University as an incoming exchange student or for a short-term programme, you need to:


Enrolment

Enrolment is the formal process through which you join the university. You must have completed your online enrolment by 17:00 (GMT) on Friday 1 February 2021. Please visit our enrolment FAQs if you are an EU, EEA or Swiss applicant starting a course in January 2021. We also have enrolment FAQs for:

For any issues regarding enrolment, please contact our Student Engagement Team by emailing engagement@coventry.ac.uk.


Pre-arrival and arrival information

It’s almost time for you to join us and we want to make sure your first few weeks go smoothy.  Our arrivals pages guide you through every step, so you are supported throughout. We have arrival information for:

Here, you’ll find everything you need to know to make sure you’re all prepared. We cover:

  • how to apply for your visa
  • when and how to book your accommodation
  • student fees and finance
  • support available to you
  • airport transfers
  • induction and orientation events
  • how to enrol.

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