FAQs for students

Information for undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers

LSE remains committed to being a truly international community of staff and students. Openness and international diversity will remain essential to life at LSE no matter what the future may hold.

Leaving the EU will not happen overnight – there will be a gradual exit process over a two year period, with significant opportunities to seek assurances and influence future policy.

These FAQs cover a number of key issues that may affect LSE students.


How will Brexit affect current students?

The immigration status of all EU students, along with fee status and access to student loans, has not changed as a result of the vote.

This will remain the case until the UK government decides otherwise. 

Will student fees be affected?

The government has confirmed that students from other EU countries who are currently at UK universities, those starting in 2017, and those applying to start in 2018 will pay the same fee as UK students for the duration of their studies.

For more information, visit the Gov.uk website

Will LSE bursaries for EU students be affected?

Current EU students, and EU students starting in 2016-17 and 2017-18, will be eligible for the same LSE bursaries as at present.

How will Brexit affect student loans for EU students?

The government has confirmed that students from other EU countries who are currently at UK universities and those starting in 2017-18 will receive student loan support for the duration of their course.

The government has also announced that EU students applying for a place at English universities in 2018-19 will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants for the duration of their course. 

For more information, visit the Gov.uk website. 

Will there be any changes to Erasmus?

The immigration status of EU students has not changed as a result of the vote. Students will continue to be eligible for their Erasmus grant until at least as long as the UK remains a member of the EU.

The Universities Minister has confirmed that it won’t affect students considering applying in 2017. Depending on EU-UK discussions, it could extend beyond this.

Read the latest statement about the current status of Erasmus+ programmes in the UK.

Will this result affect students from outside the EU?

The referendum result has no implications for the immigration status or associated fee status of students from outside the EU. The current arrangements will continue.

How might Brexit impact student careers internationally?

EU students will continue to be able to take advantage of the free movement of workers within the EU as long as the UK remains a member. This will remain the case until the government decides otherwise but it is not likely there will be a change to this within the next two years.

Regardless of any potential changes to rules on free movement of labour, LSE Careers has excellent relationships with many international recruiters, and all LSE students will be in a strong position to access opportunities both inside and outside the EU.

For current LSE students and graduates, LSE Careers offers one-to-one advice and guidance. For more information, see a blog about what 'leave' means for graduate jobs from the Director of LSE Careers, Jenny Blakesley.

How will this result affect LSE’s partnership with Sciences Po and the current double degree?

Students on Sciences Po double degrees that are due to start at LSE in 2016-17 and 2017-18 are already confirmed and will not be affected.

LSE already has a number of successful international partnerships and double-degree courses with universities outside the EU.

We expect that the partnership with Sciences Po, and the double degree, will continue to thrive after any government decisions on EU negotiations.

What will happen to existing research project funding?

The HM Treasury has agreed to underwrite the payments of Horizon 2020 grants signed whilst the UK remains a member of the EU for projects that continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU.

More information can be found at:

What does this mean for future research funding?

UK researchers are able to continue to make applications to Horizon 2020 until any withdrawal from the EU is complete.The extent of UK participation in future EU research programmes will depend on domestic decisions by the UK government, and negotiations with the EU.

The government has stated that it is “determined to ensure that the UK continues to play a leading role in European and international research.”

Colleagues in the Research Division will be in contact with officials in Brussels to seek clarifications wherever that is possible. The School will also work with our partners in the Russell Group to push the UK government to clarify the position of the UK science community with respect to the EU research programmes.

If your research funding or EU collaborations have been affected by the vote to leave the EU, please send details of your experiences to Jon Deer – J.Deer@lse.ac.uk – in the Research Division.

Will there be an impact on opportunities for collaboration with our EU partner organisations?

There will be no immediate impact on collaborations or projects.

The number of opportunities in the future may partly depend on the decisions by the UK government following negotiations with the EU.

But LSE has strong established ties with many universities and organisations both inside and outside the EU.

Colleagues with ongoing projects or who are considering submitting new proposals to Horizon 2020 can contact the LSE Research Division for more information and up-to-date advice.