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Brexit – frequently asked questions

We’ve created this page to capture all information relevant to the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU) for Bournemouth University students as well as prospective staff and students. If you’re a current staff member, see the staff intranet for more information.

Current situation:

The UK has now left the EU.

This means that free movement between EEA countries and the UK has come to an end and all non-UK nationals entering the UK will need to engage with a new points-based immigration system (PBS); EU and non-EU nationals will be treated the same.  

We are committed to supporting our European students and colleagues and to remind you of the support available. On this page you will find the responses to the most commonly asked questions regarding the Brexit situation and studying at BU.

We also recommend that you take a look at the UK Government website for the most up-to-date information on travel to and from the UK. There is also information for international students on the UK Council for International Student Affairs website.

The end of free movement and the introduction of a points-based immigration system is a big change for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens. If you need additional advice to the information provided below, please head to the GOV.UK/MovingToTheUK website, where translated information is available across 24 EU languages. It also includes a number of introductory guides for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens planning to enter the UK from 1 January 2021, as well as application guidance.

If you have a question that has not been answered on this page, students can get in touch with us by emailing and staff can email

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