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Plymouth College of Art is an international art college, welcoming students from around the world to share ideas and practice, and we encourage our students to explore global opportunities and horizons.

We use our onsite exhibition space, The Gallery, to showcase international creative artists, and we welcome guest lecturers from overseas at every opportunity, as well as curating, publishing and exhibiting abroad ourselves, and arranging exchange programmes with our partners overseas.

This is why in 2020, the year in which our city marks the 400th anniversary of The Mayflower’s voyage to America in 1620, Plymouth College of Art will be engaging more than ever with the horizon, in every direction – across North America, China and with our friends in the European Union (EU), because we know that your identity as an artist or designer will come from the horizon, not the boundary line. And we want students and staff from the EU and beyond to know everyone is extremely welcome at Plymouth College of Art and will continue to be welcome whatever the outcome of Brexit.

What is Brexit?

Brexit refers to the act of the UK leaving the European Union (EU), which was decided in a public referendum on Thursday 23 June 2016. With 17.4 million people opting for Brexit, the UK is currently scheduled to leave the EU at 11pm GMT on 31 October 2019.

What Brexit means for EU students in the UK now or considering studying in the UK


The UK government has confirmed that EU students who begin their degrees in or before the academic year 2020-21 will still be eligible for home student fees and financial support, and that this will remain the case throughout their full degree. This will be the case whether the UK leaves the EU with a deal or under a No-Deal scenario. There is no decision yet on the level of tuition fees or availability of any financial support for new students from the EU starting from 2021 onwards.

Further advice is available from the links below:


What Brexit means for students if we leave the EU with a withdrawal agreement

If there is a withdrawal agreement, you will not need a visa if you are arriving before 1 January 2021, but you should apply for settled or presettled status if you would like to stay in the UK beyond 31 December 2020 (including to be able to complete your course of study).

EU Settlement Scheme

EU, EEA or Swiss citizens and their families can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. If an application is successful, either settled or presettled status will be awarded. To apply, applicants will need to be living in the UK before we leave the EU. So far, two million out of a potential three million EU citizens have applied and been given leave to remain. The deadline for applying in a No-Deal situation is 31 December 2020.

For more information:


What Brexit means for students if we leave the EU with No-Deal

If you are student from the EU currently studying at Plymouth College of Art, either for one of our qualifications or under Erasmus+, or intending to come to Plymouth College of Art either to study for one of our qualifications or undertake an Erasmus+ placement between now and 31 December 2020, then you will be permitted to enter and stay in the UK for up to three months – study and work will be permitted during this period. If you want to stay for longer than three months (90 days) then you will need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain.

European Temporary Leave to Remain will allow you to remain in the UK for three years. This period cannot currently be extended, and it will not lead to indefinite leave to remain (ILR) or lead to status under the EU settlement scheme. If you wish to stay in the UK after this three-year period you will be required to make an application under the immigration system in place at that time. A new immigration system will come into effect from 1 January 2021.

Further advice on European Temporary Leave to Remain (which applies for a No-Deal scenario):


What Brexit means for UK Plymouth College of Art students currently studying in the EU under an Erasmus+ placement, or considering going on an Erasmus+ placement next semester

For students currently studying in the EU under Erasmus+ (Autumn term, 2019) your host institute has confirmed their agreement to honour the terms of your study placement, regardless of whether Brexit departure takes place without a deal. For Erasmus+ placements in 2020, we will be working to secure such agreements with the relevant institutions to cover for a No-Deal scenario. 

We have registered our participation in Erasmus+ with the UK government, ensuring that financial support available under Erasmus+ remains available to our students without any changes for this academic year.

Please note that if we leave under a No-Deal scenario and UK citizens become viewed as non-Europeans, different rules will apply depending on the country as to whether you will need to apply for a student permit or visa (to enable you to enter the EU country, or to stay in the country for longer than 90 days).

Advice regarding different countries is available from the following link:


Will Brexit affect fees and funding for students from the UK?

Students with “Home/EU” fee status when enrolling at Plymouth College of Art this academic year (2019/2020) are expected to pay the same tuition fees and will not see any changes to loan eligibility because of Brexit.

Will students from EU member states still be able to apply for UK student loans or grants?

Current university students from the EU and those applying to courses starting in 2019-20 will not see any changes to their loan eligibility or fee status. Students applying to start courses in England and Scotland in 2020-21 are also guaranteed the same fee status. This guarantee will apply for the full duration of the course, even if the course finishes after the UK has left the EU.


Travelling in Europe after Brexit

The government has issued a reminder about travelling in Europe after Brexit. They recommend that people check before they travel. DfE has asked that we provide a reminder that staff and students will need travel insurance if they travel abroad.

Things that you should be aware of include:

  • Requirements for visas (under No-Deal scenario, potentially either for entry or to stay longer than 90 days)
  • Consider travel insurance which covers your healthcare. If leaving the EU under a withdrawal agreement, European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) will remain valid until at least 31 December 2020, but will not be valid under a No-Deal.
  • Check your passport to ensure it will be valid (Typical requirements are for your passport to be less than 10 years old, and have more than six months to go before it expires)
  • Check you have the right driving documentation
  • Organise pet travel – you need to contact your vet at least 4 months before you go

View the full government advice on travelling in Europe after Brexit here:



For the most up-to-date information on Erasmus+, go to the UK National Agency website:

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