EU withdrawal guidance for students

EU withdrawal guidance for students

Steps to take before joining us

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

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 an EU, EEA or Swiss student, in order to have the right to continue your studies, you need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021.

You (and your eligible family members) must apply for settled or pre-settled status to protect your residence 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. You must send evidence of your status to europeanapplications.io@coventry.ac.uk.

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

  • are an Irish citizen (but their 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. Visit our EU Settlement Scheme page to learn more and how to apply.

No, there will be no change to the tuition fee status of current EU, EEA or Swiss students, including courses which start 2019-20 and 2020–21. This means that EU, EEA and Swiss students studying at UK universities will pay the same fees as 'home' students for the full duration of their course and are not affected by the UK leaving the EU on 1 January 2021.

In order to have the right to continue your studies, you need to ensure that you have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme by no later than 30 June 2021. Students can also study on a student visa if they choose to do so, please log in to the Student Portal for more information. 

 

Yes, financial support from Student Finance England covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of your course, providing you meet the residency requirement. Read more about Coventry University’s fees and financing.

You can read the full eligibility requirements for Student Finance England at UK/Gov.

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

For support with visa enquiries, email 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 mental health service and counselling
  • 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 site 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 read, speak, 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, email 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’ identity cards and passports 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 to the UK from 1 January 2021, you must apply for a student visa and 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.

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 the UK 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 at get.cge@coventry.ac.uk

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

Travel to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein has changed since 1 January 2021.

Things you may need to do before you go include:

  • checking your passport
  • getting travel insurance that covers your healthcare
  • checking that you have the right driving documents.

UK nationals should have at least six months left on their passport from the date of arrival if they are planning to travel to an EU, EEA or Swiss country.

If you renewed a 10-year adult passport before it expired, extra months might have been added to your passport's expiry date, making it valid for more than 10 years. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed for travel to most countries in Europe.

Make sure you meet all visa requirements for your destination country if you’re travelling after 31 December 2020 by going to UK/Gov.

Visit UK/Gov if you are a UK national wanting guidance about:

  • moving to or living in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein
  • residency
  • healthcare
  • passports
  • the Withdrawal Agreement.

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.

Data roaming charges are subject to change. Currently there is a capped rate, but this may change after the UK leaves the EU.

See advice about visiting Europe after Brexit at UK/Gov.


Enrolment

You must have completed your online enrolment by 17:00 (GMT) on Friday 1 February 2021. Please visit our enrolment FAQs if you are a EU, EEA or Swiss student regarding January 2021 enrolment. We also have enrolment FAQs for:

Please contact our Student Engagement Team by emailing engagement@coventry.ac.uk if you have any enrolment issues.


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
  • how to enrol.

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