Brexit Guidance

First and most importantly, we want you to know that all our students are valued members of USW’s community, and we will do all we can to support you through what may be an uncertain period. 

We have a range of support services available and EU, EEA and International students are advised to contact the University’s Immigration & International Student Advice Team (IISA) for individual advice on their situation.

Based on the negotiation process to date, the EU and UK have agreed a further delay to Brexit until 31st October 2019.  The UK can leave the EU earlier than this date, if a withdrawal agreement has been ratified by MPs.  The dates on our website reflect a leave date of 31st October 2019, but this may change if the UK chooses to leave the EU earlier than this date. New information will be posted as it becomes available but please check external links and the IISA website regularly.

Travelling to or from the UK after 31 October 2019

If you are planning on travelling to or from the UK after 31 October 2019, please be aware that you may face significant travel disruption, as there will be changes to the rules of travel to most countries in Europe if the UK exits the European Union without a Deal. There may also be a knock-on effect to travel to other countries.

If you have already booked to travel during this period, please check the Foreign Commonwealth Office website to ensure you are aware of any potential disruptions to your travel plans. 

If you are an EU/EEA student, as there is still uncertainty about the documents you may need for travelling around this time, we would strongly advise that you take a Student Status letter with you. This must be in paper format. You can request a student status letter on UniLife. Other documents that you should also consider carrying with you are listed on the IISA UniLife pages. You should consult these pages if you are planning to travel at this time.

If you are an international student, please check any travel advice issued by your country.

If you are a British passport holder, the Government has provided an update on the travel implications of a No Deal Brexit. From 31 October, you must have at least six months left on your passport from your date of arrival in order to enter a EU country; use the online passport check to find out how much time is left on your passport and whether you will be able to travel to certain countries. Please refer to Passport rules for travel to Europe after Brexit and Visit Europe after Brexit for the most up-to-date information and checklist of things you need to do before you travel.

Advice and Support for EU and EEA students

UKCISA have issued a useful summary of all the information universities have so far about what will happen if the UK leaves the EU with the current withdrawal agreement or with no deal at all.

In addition, the University’s International & Immigration Student Advice Team has published full guidance on their webpages. Please check these pages regularly and the external links provided for up to date information.

Student fees and finance

Arrangements for Fees and Finance are highly likely to remain the same for EU students already at USW.

Erasmus+ students

USW Erasmus+ students 

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal , the Erasmus+ Contingency Regulation ensures that participants who are abroad through an Erasmus+ funded learning mobility activity on the day that the UK leaves the European Union will not see their mobility period interrupted. For learning mobilities starting after the exit date, the UK Government has agreed to underwrite funding for those Erasmus+ grants already approved to take place during the 2019/2020 academic year. Please note that you must still complete all of the Erasmus+ documentation as advised by the Erasmus+ Coordinators and ensure that all signatures are in place within the deadlines provided.

If the UK leaves the EU with a Withdrawal Agreement, the UK Government has confirmed that the UK will be able to continue to participate in the current project cycle until it ends in 2020. You must ensure that you complete the necessary Erasmus+ documentation as advised by the Erasmus+ coordinators and ensure that all signatures are in place within the deadlines provided.


Erasmus+ students at USW

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the EU Commission has said it will seek to continue funding Erasmus+ students who are in the UK at the point of Brexit and has published guidance for participants.  While we wait for clarification beyond this, USW is working with partner universities across the EU to make sure that student exchange can still take place regardless of the Brexit outcome.Students who are due to start their Erasmus+ mobilities at USW after the date the UK is due to exit the EU should seek advice about funding from their home institutions.  

If the UK leaves the EU with a Withdrawal Agreement, the UK will be able to continue to participate in the current project cycle until it ends in 2020. 

 For questions relating to Erasmus+ please contact: erasmus@southwales.ac.uk / +44 (0) 1443 483795.