EU referendum

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The RCM has a long tradition of welcoming students from all over the world, in particular from our European neighbours. EU students play an essential role in College life and this will not change following the EU referendum. We welcome applications from EU students for 2017 entry and beyond.

RCM professors come from across the globe, including more than 70 from Europe, bringing with them a wealth of experience and expertise. Our friendly staff in Registry and Student Services are experienced in helping EU students and are available to offer assistance and advice.

Latest news

The UK’s Prime Minister triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty on 29 March 2017 signifying the formal start of the two-year negotiation for the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union. The UK will remain a member of the EU for the next two years and that there will be no immediate changes to the circumstances of European citizens living, studying and working here in the UK.

We wish to reassure everyone that the RCM remains committed to all of its students and staff and will continue to be a welcoming and supportive home for EU students.

Please continue to monitor this page for updates.

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Students from all over the European Union choose to come and study at the Royal College of Music. We are immensely proud of our international community, which contributes significantly to our reputation as a world-class conservatoire. Students and staff from all over the world bring exceptional talent, creativity and inspiration. We greatly value the international and European collaborations we have had for many years and hope that they will continue long into the future.

We will continue to update this information with further details as they emerge.

EU students applying for entry in September 2017

Tuition fees & student loans

The Royal College of Music wants to reassure you that all EU students starting their RCM programme in September 2017 will continue to be charged the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of the programme.

The UK Government has announced that EU students applying for 2017 entry will be eligible to apply for student loans and grants for the duration of their course. This means that students applying to study at the RCM in September 2017 will be eligible to apply for the same funding and support as current EU students and this eligibility will continue throughout their course, even if the UK exits the European Union during that period.

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Visas

The RCM is currently awaiting further information from the UK Government about visa implications for future EU students. However, the process of leaving the EU is likely to take some time and there is no reason to assume there will be any immediate changes following the EU Referendum, including in the circumstances of European citizens living and studying here.

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The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has published additional information on your right to reside in the UK. In particular, you should pay close attention to the information on comprehensive sickness insurance. You will need to obtain either a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or another form of comprehensive health insurance before travelling to London to begin your studies.

You can find information about how to obtain an EHIC from your home country on the European Commission’s website.

Current EU students

Tuition fees & student loans

The Royal College of Music wants to reassure you that we do not plan to charge any higher fees category than you currently pay. This means we intend that all current EU students will continue to be charged the same fees as UK students for the duration of their existing programme.

We have received confirmation from the Student Loans Company (SLC) that EU nationals who are currently studying at the RCM, and are assessed as eligible to receive loans or grants from the SLC, will continue to receive these loans or grants for the remainder of their course.

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Visas

There will also be no immediate changes in the circumstances of European citizens living here in the UK, and if you are an EU/EEA national there will be no immediate change in your right to study in the UK without needing a visa.

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The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has published additional information on your right to reside in the UK. In particular, we wish to draw your attention to the information on comprehensive sickness insurance. In the event that you do not already have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or another form of comprehensive health insurance, we recommend that you consider doing so as soon as possible. You may beed to rely on it should you wish to apply for a residence permit in the future.

You can find information about how to obtain an EHIC from your home country on the European Commission’s website.

EU students coming to the RCM on an Erasmus exchange

We have received confirmation that there will be no immediate change to the UK’s participation in the Erasmus+ Programme. This means that the referendum result will not affect students planning to study in the UK on an Erasmus exchange in 2017/18.

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Visas

There will also be no immediate changes in the circumstances of European citizens living here in the UK, and if you are an EU/EEA national there will be no immediate change in your right to study in the UK without needing a visa.

Find out more


The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has published additional information on your right to reside in the UK. In particular, you should pay close attention to the information on comprehensive sickness insurance. You will need to obtain either a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or another form of comprehensive health insurance before travelling to London to begin your studies.

You can find information about how to obtain an EHIC from your home country on the European Commission’s website.

EU students going on Erasmus exchanges

We have received confirmation that there will be no immediate change to the UK’s participation in the Erasmus+ Programme. This means that the referendum result will not affect students planning to study at European partner institutions on an Erasmus exchange in 2017/18.

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Visas

There will also be no immediate changes in the circumstances of UK nationals living and travelling within the EU, and there will be no change in your right to study in the EU without needing a visa for the duration of your exchange.

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Enquiries

If you have any questions please contact our International team, who will be happy to help.

International team

International student enquiries

international@rcm.ac.uk