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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 has not changed following the UK's departure from the EU. We welcome applications from EU students for 2021 entry and beyond.

RCM professors come from across the globe, including more than 60 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 announced on 23 June 2020 that EU students applying for entry in the academic year 2021/22 will no longer be eligible for home fee status or undergraduate, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support from Student Finance England.

Students who began a course at the RCM in September 2020 can be assured that you will be charged the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of your programme and will be eligible to apply for financial support from Student Finance England for the duration of your course.

The change will also not affect those EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals benefiting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. It will also not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis under the Common Travel Area arrangement. 

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. Students joining us in 2021 will benefit from a world-class education and our exceptional facilities.

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 2021

Tuition fees

Most EU, EEA and Swiss students will not be eligible for home student fees from the beginning of the 2021/22 academic year. Some EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals benefiting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively may still qualify for Home fees, as will Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis under the Common Travel Area arrangement. We are currently awaiting further detail from the UK Government and this will be published on our website as soon as it is available.

Financial support

The UK Government has announced that EU, EEA and Swiss students applying for entry in the academic year 2021/22 will not be eligible to apply to Student Finance England for student loans and grants for the duration of their course. Some EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals benefiting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively may still qualify for student support, as will Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis under the Common Travel Area arrangement. We are currently awaiting further detail from the UK Government and this will be published on our website as soon as it is available.

Living & studying in the UK

The UK Home Office has released guidance on the new Student Visa route for EU/EEA and Swiss Nationals coming to the UK to study for the first time from 1 January 2021. Further details are available on the RCM website.

Students who have already established residence in the UK before the end of the transition period on 31 December will not be subject to the new immigration system, but will need to document their residence in the UK by applying to the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021.

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 an agreement on future relations between the UK and EU is not reached. You must have established residence in the UK before 11pm on 31 December 2020, and must document your residence status through the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021. Students granted Pre-Settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme 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 applying for an exchange at the RCM in 2021

The Erasmus+ programme is a scheme funded by the European Commission to encourage greater collaboration and mobility between educational institutions.  2020 was the final year of Erasmus+, but it will still be possible to use remaining Erasmus+ funds to provide grants for exchanges with most of the RCM’s European partner institutions in 2021.

The UK Government has launched a new Turing Scheme to replace the Erasmus programme in the UK. Further information about how this will affect future exchanges will be made available in due course.

For the latest information on how this affects your exchange, see our specific pages:

Outgoing exchanges

Incoming undergraduate exchanges

Incoming postgraduate exchanges

Useful information for incoming exchange students

Visas

EU, EEA and Swiss students coming to the UK on courses lasting less than 6 months from 1 January 2021 will be eligible to study on a Visitor visa, without needing to apply for a Student visa. Further information is available on the UK government website.

UK students going on European exchanges in 2021

The Erasmus+ programme is a scheme funded by the European Commission to encourage greater collaboration and mobility between educational institutions.  2020 was the final year of Erasmus+, but it will still be possible to use remaining Erasmus+ funds to provide grants for exchanges with most of the RCM’s European partner institutions in 2021.

The UK Government has launched a new Turing Scheme to replace the Erasmus programme in the UK. Further information about how this will affect future exchanges will be made available in due course.

Visas

UK nationals beginning an exchange to an EU/EEA country from 1 January 2021 will be subject to local visa requirements. Students are advised to check the latest information on the website of the relevant country’s embassy, to see whether a visa is required and how to apply.

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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