The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020 under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement. The UK is now in a transition period until 31 December 2020.

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.


Having left the EU, the UK is now in the transition period, otherwise known as the implementation period, until 31 December 2020. During this time, the UK will remain in both the EU customs union and single market whilst the UK and the EU negotiate their future relationship and other arrangements. That means, until the transition ends, most things will stay the same.


  • Travel: There will be no changes to travel arrangements until after the transition period. A new immigration system will replace freedom of movement in 2021.
  • Settling in the UK: EU/EEA nationals arriving 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.
  • Tuition Fees: Free tuition will continue to be awarded to EU/EEA nationals studying at a Scottish college for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 academic years. The Scottish Government has not yet announced arrangements for future years.
  • Erasmus: The UK will continue to participate in the Erasmus+ programme for the remainder of 2020 and planned placements will be unaffected by Brexit this year. Future participation is subject to ongoing negotiations between the UK and the EU.


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: 3 February 2020