The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020 under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement. The transition period ended on 31 December 2020 after the UK and EU finalised a Trade and Cooperation Agreement

Leaving the European Union will undoubtedly have implications for West College Scotland in the future – for both prospective/current students and staff. This page contains as much information available at the time of publication and will be updated as developments emerge.


  • Travel: Short trips and holidays between the UK and the EU will not require a visa, but people may have to check extra things prior to travelling. Irish citizens can continue to enter and live in the UK. EU/EEA nationals will be required to obtain a visa to study in the UK. 
  • Settling in the UK: EU/EEA nationals who arrived in the UK during the transition period will be able to apply for pre-settled status. Once a person has 5 years’ continuous residence in the UK, they can apply for settled status. Irish citizens can continue to enter and live in the UK. A new immigration system will replace freedom of movement in 2021.
  • Tuition Fees: Free tuition will continue to be awarded to EU/EEA nationals studying at a Scottish college for the 2020/21 academic year; however, the Scottish Government has announced that EU/EEA residents beginning their studies from 2021/22 will pay tuition fees. EU nationals living in the UK with pre-settled or settled status will continue to receive free tuition. 
  • Student Exchange: The UK will continue to participate in Erasmus+ for the duration of the current programme period, which ends after the 2021/22 academic year. The UK will not continue to participate in Erasmus+ after this point and the UK Government has announced that student overseas placements and exchanges will be facilitated through the Turing programme. 


We appreciate that the Brexit process can be unsettling for both staff and students. Where possible, the College will review developments and update this page with more information as it becomes available to keep you up-to-date with how the UK’s departure from the EU may affect you.

Further information and advice can also be found from the UK Government, the Scottish Government and UKCISA. Alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact the College’s Student Advisory Services, Student Funding or, for staff, Human Resource departments for more information.

If you are a business and are looking for more information on how the College can support you in preparing for Brexit, please see here.


Last updated: 6 January 2021