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The University of Stirling and Europe

With more than 120 nationalities represented on campus, we’re proud that the University of Stirling is home to students and staff from all over the world. Our international partnerships and diversity bring vibrancy to our community, foster academic insight and enhance awareness of social and cultural perspectives.

Following the result of the EU Referendum in 2016, the UK is expected to leave the European Union. If you’re a current student or member of staff, or if you’re thinking about studying at the University, you probably have questions about what Brexit means for you. Below you’ll find guidance on some frequently asked questions related to studying and working here after the UK leaves the EU – as well as links to the most up-to-date information available from relevant bodies. Please be assured that we are committed to maintaining an inclusive and diverse learning environment for all of our students irrespective of the outcomes of Brexit. 

Stirling welcomes the world

"The University of Stirling is an international university that welcomes and values staff and students from across the EU and internationally, and will continue to do so."

Professor Gerry McCormac, Vice-Chancellor and Principal
Statement on the triggering of Article 50

Principal calls for post-Brexit stability

Principal gives evidence to the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee

Applicant FAQs

Information for prospective students thinking about studying in the UK after Brexit.

Current student FAQs

Learn more about the implications of Brexit if you're already a University of Stirling student.

Staff FAQs

Resources and guidance for our staff about the impact of Brexit.

  • Will I be able to continue living and working in the UK after Brexit?

    Yes. The Government has issued the following guidance on EU citizen's rights: 

    In advance of the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU), the UK government has committed to protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members currently living in the UK. This includes the right to live, work and access public services such as healthcare and benefits. To retain these rights, EU citizens must apply for either “settled status” or “pre-settled status” under the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021.  

    Settled status would be granted to EU citizens and family members resident in the UK for more than five years and pre-settled status granted if resident in the UK for less than five years. Further details on the EU Settlement Scheme can be found here and details of who should apply (including those EU citizens with existing permanent residency status) can be found here. 

    Watch the Government's video about the settlement scheme application process.

    How do I apply?

    To apply to the scheme you are required to complete an online application form. Applicants are then required to prove their identity using the newly developed software app – “EU Exit: Identity Document Check”. The app is currently only available on android devices. Further detail on how to use the app can be found here.

    If you are unable to access an android device to download the app, please contact HR Services via

    Will it cost me to apply?

    No. On 21 January 2019, the UK government announced that it would no longer be charging EU citizens the £65 application fee.  If you have made or intend to make an application during the pilot phase ie before 30 March 2019, the Home Office will reimburse the fee.

    Can I apply if I am a national from the wider European Economic Area or Switzerland?

    Yes. The Home Office has confirmed that nationals of the wider European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein) and Swiss nationals will be able apply to the EU Settlement Scheme when it opens fully on 30 March 2019.

    What is the public test phase?

    The Home Office has tested the EU Settlement Scheme through a series of pilots and a “public test phase” pilot opened on Monday 21 January 2019. EU citizens with a valid passport will be able to apply for either settled or pre-settled status during this pilot phase. Further information on applicant eligibility can be found here.

    As this is a public test phase, making an application before 30 March 2019 and during this phase is voluntary.

    The EU Settlement Scheme is expected to open fully on 30 March 2019 and the deadline for applying will be 30 June 2021.

  • What support will the University give me?

    A number of EU Settlement Scheme briefing sessions will be scheduled for EU staff during March and April 2019. Details of these sessions and how to register will be available in due course via the Organisation Development webpage.

  • Helpful resources and information

Get in touch

There is still a lot of uncertainty around the full implications of the EU Referendum result for the UK Higher Education sector, but if you have any questions or concerns related to studying or working at the University of Stirling after Brexit, please get in touch.

Current and prospective students

Contact Admissions on +44 (0) 1786 467044 or by emailing


Contact Human Resources on +44 (0) 1786 467136 or by emailing

Students at Stirling Castle

Study in Scotland

Scotland is a diverse and inclusive country that celebrates being home to many different people and cultures from around the world. Find out more about studying here. 

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We’re supporters of the #WeAreInternational campaign – a celebration of the talented students and staff from across the globe who choose to study or work in UK universities.

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