What are the consequences of Brexit if I reside in the United Kingdom to study there?
Until 31 December 2020
Until 31 December 2020 a transition period applies in accordance with the Withdrawal Treaty during which the current situation is maintained. As long as you fulfil the requirements of European legislation, you can continue to reside in the United Kingdom to study there. According to EU-law you can do so if you provided that you have sufficient income to provide for yourself and any family members and are covered by comprehensive health insurance (see question 3). When you start a study before 31 December 2020 and continue your study beyond that date, you can apply for a “pre-settled status” via the EU Settlement Scheme until 30 June 2020 (see question 2). Nonetheless, it is in your own interest to register as soon as possible and ideally before 31 december 2020.
From 1 January 2021
If you wish to reside in the United Kingdom to study there from 1 January 2021, you will no longer be able to rely upon the withdrawal treaty, but will have to meet the specific requirements that will then apply to EU citizens under the new British immigration laws. The British Home Office made an announcement about this.
In some cases, during a short stay in the UK, you may also start a short period of study of up to 30 days as a visitor. For more information on the modalities, please consult the general and specific sheet available on the website of the British Home Office and the applicable visitor rules where you can find more information on the activities allowed during a visit.
In all other cases, you will have to apply for a specific visa for study purposes under the new points-based immigration system. For more information on the modalities of this visa, please consult the general and specific sheet available on the website of the British Home Office. Please note that your application for a study visa must certainly be accepted before your departure to the United Kingdom. You cannot first travel to the UK and then file the application afterwards.