UK and EU Students

Overview

As defined by the United Kingdom education system, the word used as Home Student is referred to the category of students who are British citizen whereas EU is referred to those living in the European countries or European Economic Area and are entitled to receive University tuition fees sponsored by the government under Student Finance England compared to International Student.

As compared to United Kingdom, other European Union citizens also qualify under Home Student status, though there are other criteria to be satisfied. Any student who does not qualify under Home & EU Student is therefore considered to be Overseas/International Student and must payhigher overseas student tuition fees at University.

As a Home & EU Student, you are required to pay the fee appropriate to your programme of study and to your status as a UK, EU, Overseas or Channel Islands/Isle of Man student. Your fee status is determined in accordance with the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007, No. 779) and subsequent amendments, as approved by Act of Parliament. You must normally be a national of a European Union (EU) country to be eligible to pay fees at the UK/EU rate, or the relevant family member of the EU national, and have been ordinarily resident within the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three-year period before starting your course.

Alternatively, if you are a non-EU national, you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for a similar period and have settled status in this country by the end of that period of time. In either circumstance, if the purpose of your ordinary residence in the EEA/UK/Switzerland has been wholly or mainly to receive full-time education, you will be ineligible for UK/EU fee status. In both instances, absences in connection with temporary employment are permitted.

In addition, a number of additional categories of student are eligible to pay fees at the UK/EU rate including the children of Swiss nationals and Turkish workers who meet the residency requirements. In the case of children of Swiss nationals, they must have taken up residency in the UK by the first day of the first academic year of the programme.

In certain circumstances residence in the Overseas Territories is permitted.
You may obtain further details from Admissions in the Registry, by consulting the Regulations or obtain independent advice from UKCISA: The UK Council for International Student Affairs.
https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/

Who is eligible under home student status

In order to enroll at a College/University in the UK, the EU Student must adhere to these criteria as defined by under the British Education system:

United Kingdom citizens

  • • Be free from any immigration restrictions (e.g. British citizenship, exercising EU Freedom of Movement Rights, indefinite leave to enter/remain, right of abode, free from immigration control (as a diplomat or member of air crew)

  • • Refugees (recognised by the UK government) and their spouses/civil partners and children.
  • • Persons who applied for asylum and as a result have been grante Exceptional Leave or Humanitarian Protection, and their families.

  • • Be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom

  • • Have been ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and/or Isle of Man for the whole period of the three years directly before starting your course

  • • The main purpose for the three years' residence in the UK and Islands must not have been to receive full-time education during any part of it, unless the student is a European Union citizen (but not a British citizen)

European Union Citizen

  • • Be a European Union citizen, or the spouse or dependent direct descendent of an EU citizen (including British citizen), or the dependent direct descendent of the spouse of an EU citizen (including British citizen), or the self-sufficient direct descendent of an EU citizen (who is not a British citizen), or the self-sufficient direct descendent of the spouse of an EU citizen (who is not a British citizen)

  • • Be a EU national who has lived in the EU for three years before the start of your course, and you are exercising your right to work in the UK.

  • • The main purpose for the three years' residence in the United Kingdom must not have been to receive full-time education during any part of it.

European Economic Area and Swiss workers and their family members

In order to enroll at a College/University in the UK, the EU Student must adhere to these criteria as defined by under the British Education system:

  • • Be a European Economic Area or Swiss citizen (who is not a British citizen) who is resident in the United Kingdom as a worker (employed, self-employed or a frontier worker (living in the UK but returning to his/her residence in an EEA state/Switzerland other than the UK at least once a week?)), or be the spouse or dependent direct descendent of such a person, or the self-sufficient direct descendent of such a person, or the dependent or self-sufficient direct descendent of such a person's spouse

  • • Be an EEA national who has lived in the EEA for three years before the start of your course, and you are exercising your right to work in the UK.

What is The European Economic Area ?

The European Economic Area (EEA) provides for the free movement of persons, goods, services and capital within the internal market of the European Union (EU) between its 28 member states, as well as three of the four member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA): Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

The EU countries are:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

The European Economic Area (EEA)

The EEA includes EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. It allows them to be part of the EU’s single market. Switzerland is neither a EU nor EEA member but is part of the single market - this means Swiss nationals have the same rights to live and work in the UK as other EEA nationals.

Be a European Economic Area or Swiss citizen (who is not a British citizen) who is resident in the United Kingdom as a worker (employed, self-employed or a frontier worker (living in the UK but returning to his/her residence in an EEA state/Switzerland other than the UK at least once a week?)), or be the spouse or dependent direct descendent of such a person, or the self-sufficient direct descendent of such a person, or the dependent or self-sufficient direct descendent of such a person's spouse.