The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. In Spain we will continue to work closely with the British Embassy in Spain, SEPIE, CRUE and Education Departments in the Autonomous Regions to ensure existing levels of collaboration and recognition of qualifications.
Brexit and Education
1. How many Spanish students currently study at universities in the UK?
According to the latest HESA statistics there were approximately 13,000 Spanish students at UK universities. This figure represents a 6% increase on the previous year and for the fifth consecutive year represents an increase.
2. How is Brexit going to affect the Spanish students who want to study or who are studying in the UK?
European students who are currently studying in the UK or who begin their studies before July 2021 will pay the same fees and have the same access to financial arrangments as British students and these conditions apply throughout the duration of their course.
After August 2021 EU students starting a new course in England or Scotland will no longer be eligible for home fee status. Instead, each university will set its own fees for EU students. You will need to check this information with the universities you apply to. EU students will no longer be eligible for student loans to cover tuition fees.
3. What will happen to Erasmus students?
The projects successfully bid for during the current (2014-2020) Erasmus+ and ESC programmes will continue to receive EU funding for the full duration of the project, including those where funding runs beyond 2020.
4. Do I need a visa to study in the UK?
Spanish students arriving in the UK before 31 December 2020 won't need a visa. They have guaranteed rights of residence, workers’ rights and access to healthcare, thanks to the Withdrawal Agreement signed by the United Kingdom and the European Union. However, they must register as residents before June 2021.
If you plan to arrive in the UK from 1 January 2021 onwards, you will need to apply for a student visa if you are studying a course which is longer than six months in length. Further information is available on the UK Government's website
EU citizens who have five years’ continuous residence will receive settled status (or permanent residence); those with less than five years will receive pre-settled status (or semi-permanent residence) and may apply for settled status after five years.
5. Will qualifications gained in UK universities be officially recognised in Spain?
Recognition of university qualifications is established in the current agreements signed within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). These agreements have been signed by 49 countries, not all of whom belong to the EU. The UK will continue to be part of the EHEA.
6. What will happen with other qualifications?
There will be no changes to the current recognition of pre-university qualifications.
7. Why study in the UK rather than other international destinations?
The UK has the most reputable university system in Europe and the second world wide: four of our universities are ranked in the top 10 globally and 30 are amongst the top 200 (QS World University Rankings 2019).
This international recognition is based on world class research outpus, a robust system of quality control, innovative methodology and an wide offer of international degrees.
Other key factors are the high employability rate of UK gradutes, the low levels of drop-outs as well as consistently high levels of student satisfaction. When compared with USA, Canada, New Zealand or Australia studying in the UK offers the best value for money.
8. How much does it cost to study in the UK?
For undergraduate programmes beginnig before the end of December 2020 and for the full duration of their programmes of study the maximum price to study at an English university is £9,250. Access to government finance for European students has also been guaranteed until 2020.
From January 2021 European students will be eligible for international fees and these vary according to the institution you choose to study as well as your programme of study. The majority of programmes are in the range £13,000-16000 per year but some can be cheaper or more expensive. Please check on university websites for the most up to date information on fees. We also recommend that you check what financial help/support each university provides to international students.
When compared with USA, Canada, New Zealand or Australia studying in the UK offers the best value for money.
9. Do I need a very high level of English to study at a UK university?
Each university decides on entry requirements. That means that the English language requirement will depend according to the course and university. That said, generally speaking a B2 or C1 level is required. You can check this information on the individual webs of each of the universities.
10. Do I need top marks in Bachillerato to study in the UK?
One of the persisting myths about studying at a UK university is that you need to be an outstanding student to apply when in fact there are a multitude of universities and faculties with a wide range of entry requirements. Obviously the most highly ranked and prestigious universities are more difficult to get into.
The UK system offers various entry routes, for example some offer preparatory courses which enable students to reach the entry requirements for degree programmes, they also offer Foundation programmes or Top up degrees.
11. Is applying complicated?
Not really! There is a central online applications process (UCAS). Just remember to apply on time (15 January)!