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The RCM and the UK's departure from the EU

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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 during negotiations over the UK's departure from the EU or after that departure has taken place. We welcome applications from EU students for 2019 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.

Updates

The UK Government has announced that students applying for entry in September 2019 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 course concludes after the UK’s exit from the European Union. The Government has also confirmed that these assurances will remain even in the event of a 'no deal' or 'hard' Brexit.

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.

Read a personal message from the Director

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 webpage with confirmed information when it is available.

EU students applying for entry in September 2019

Financial support

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students applying for 2019 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 2019 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 course concludes after the UK’s exit from the European Union. The Government has also confirmed that these assurances will remain even in the event of a 'no deal' or 'hard' Brexit.

Tuition fees

EU students will be eligible for home fee status on all RCM courses starting in September 2019. This means EU students will be charged the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of the programme.

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Living & studying in the UK

The RCM is currently awaiting further information from the UK Government about residence implications for future EU students. The status of EU nationals in the UK is being discussed as part of wider discussions with the EU. The UK Government is seeking an agreement on the rights of UK nationals in the EU and EU nationals in the UK, on a reciprocal basis.

Under the terms of the proposed withdrawal agreement EU, EEA and Swiss students beginning courses in September 2019 would continue to be able to enter the UK and live, work and study as they do now, without the need for a visa. They would need to document their residence status through the EU Settlement Scheme by the time the transition period ends in December 2020 and would be eligible to apply for settled status after five years of continuous residence.

Further information will be provided when it is available.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has published additional information on your right to reside in the UK.

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 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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Living & studying in the UK

The Government has confirmed that EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who are already studying in the UK will continue to be able to live, work and study in the UK as they do now, including in the event that there is no deal on a withdrawal agreement with the EU.  They will need to document their residence status through the EU Settlement Scheme by the time the transition period ends in December 2020 and will be eligible to apply for settled status after five years of continuous residence.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has published additional information on your right to reside in the UK.

EU students coming to the RCM on an Erasmus exchange

Under the terms of the proposed withdrawal agreement it is intended that, in principal, the UK should continue to benefit from all EU programmes, including Erasmus+, until the end of the current EU budget plan (2014-2020), subject to the final outcome of negotiations. Further information will be provided when it is available.

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Visas

The RCM is currently awaiting further information from the UK Government about residence implications for future EU students. The status of EU nationals in the UK is being discussed as part of wider discussions with the EU. The UK Government is seeking an agreement on the rights of UK nationals in the EU and EU nationals in the UK, on a reciprocal basis. Under the terms of the proposed withdrawal agreement EU, EEA and Swiss students beginning exchanges in September 2019 would continue to be able to enter the UK and live, work and study as they do now, without the need for a visa. If staying more than 3 months they would need to document their residence status through the EU Settlement Scheme. Further information will be provided when it is available.

UK students going on Erasmus exchanges

Under the terms of the proposed withdrawal agreement it is intended that, in principal, the UK should continue to benefit from all EU programmes, including Erasmus+, until the end of the current EU budget plan (2014-2020), subject to the final outcome of negotiations. Further information will be provided when it is available.

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Visas

The RCM is currently awaiting further information from the UK Government about residence implications for future UK students wishing to study in the EU. The UK Government is seeking an agreement on the rights of UK nationals in the EU and EU nationals in the UK, on a reciprocal basis. Under the terms of the proposed withdrawal agreement UK students undertaking exchanges at EU partner institutions during the 2019 Autumn Term would continue to be able to enter the EU and live, work and study as they do now, without the need for a visa. Further information will be provided when it is available.

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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