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Everything you need to know about studying at Buckingham

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The University of Buckingham is unique in the UK as we offer a full student intake in January across almost all of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses. This means, as an EU student, you can arrive in the UK before the 31 December 2020 and you won’t require a Student visa. We are opening our student accommodation early for EU students who wish to arrive in the last week of December ahead of starting their studies with us in January 2021.

Most importantly, whether you want to start your undergraduate studies in January or September 2021, you won’t have to pay international fees. We are awarding automatic scholarships to undergraduate EU students for September 2021 and January 2022 intakes, bringing EU fees in line with home (UK) fees.

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Why study at Buckingham? Global campus, global outlook

We’re delighted that you’re thinking about studying at Buckingham. With only around 3,000 students, our landmark small-group tutorials and one of the safest campuses in the UK, you will feel right at home here. We welcome students from all around the world, with more than 100 nations represented in our student body. We’ve found European students particularly value our tutorial model, where students learn in small groups and are individually supported by a Personal Tutor to ensure they reach their potential.


Student experience

We value our students’ experience above all else, which is why we have ranked at or near the top of the UK’s National Student Survey for Student Satisfaction since 2006.


Location

We neighbour the Cotswolds and are surrounded by lush English countryside (for hiking, biking or camping), but are only a short trip from Oxford and London.


Personalised learning

With personal tutors, small class sizes and a family-like community at Buckingham, we support each student individually to ensure they achieve their best.


Brexit and EU students

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. We are now in a transition period until 31 December 2020 while the EU and the UK negotiate their future relationship.

If you’re from the EU, EEA or Switzerland and you’re planning to come and study in the UK, a few things will change. What will change depends on when you arrive in the UK.


If you enter the UK before 1 January 2021

Very little will change. You won’t need a visa and you will pay the same tuition fees as UK students.


If you enter the UK from 1 January 2021

You will need a visa, but you will still pay the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of your course.

We explain everything in more detail about visas and fees below, and we will continue to update this page as new information becomes available. Please remember that the EU and the UK are still in negotiations, so all of this information is subject to change.

For EU students currently studying at Buckingham or starting their degree in September 2020

Immigration

You will not need a visa to enter the UK. However, once you arrive, you will need to apply for the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme. The EU Settlement Scheme allows EU nationals to continue study, work and live in the UK post-Brexit. It is free and easy to do. You must apply before 30 June 2021.

 

Fees and Finance

You will pay the same tuition fees as UK students (known as “home fee” status) for the full duration of your studies. Due to our unique degree structure our academic fees are a little different from that of most universities. To find the fees of your chosen course, please visit the course page.

You will also be able to apply for Student Finance to access a tuition fee loan. Student Finance is the official government funding you apply for to borrow money to help towards the cost of your tuition fees.


For EU students starting their degree in January 2021

Immigration

If you enter the UK before 1 January 2021, you will not need to apply for a visa. However, once you arrive, you will need to apply for the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme. The EU Settlement Scheme allows EU nationals to continue study, work and live in the UK post-Brexit. It is free and easy to do. You must apply before 30 June 2021, and to be eligible, you must have entered the UK before 31 December 2020.

Should you wish to arrive early and enter the UK before 31 December 2020, our accommodation will be open and our Student Union will be ready to welcome you. Watch this space for more information about early arrival for EU students. In the meantime, you can contact our team at info@buckingham.ac.uk.

If you enter the UK from 1 January 2021 there will be a new immigration system in place; anyone coming to the UK to study will need to apply for a visa.

 

Fees and Finance

You will still pay the same tuition fees as UK students (known as “home fee” status) for the full duration of your studies. Due to our unique degree structure our academic fees are a little different from that of most universities. To find the fees of your chosen course, please visit the course page.

You will also be able to apply for Student Finance to access a tuition fee loan. Student Finance is the official government funding you apply for to borrow money to help towards the cost of your tuition fees.


For EU students starting their degree in September 2021 or after

Immigration

There will be a new immigration system in place; anyone coming to the UK to study from January 2021 will need to apply for a visa.

 

Fees and Finance

Undergraduate students will still pay the same tuition fees as UK students (known as “home fee” status) for the full duration of your studies. Due to our unique degree structure our academic fees are a little different from that of most universities. To find the fees of your chosen course, please visit the course page.
EU students who commence their studies in the UK after 1 August are not eligible for Student Finance.

How to apply

We accept applications year-round for our undergraduate and postgraduate courses and you can apply directly to us via our course pages. We have two major intakes per year, in January and September. We also offer flexible intake points for some of our postgraduate courses. Email our friendly recruitment team any time on info@buckingham.ac.uk if you any questions.

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Joining the Buckingham community

There is a real sense of community at the University of Buckingham, and students are genuinely known by their name, not a number. Through our network of experienced academics, students will get to know their tutors, lecturers, supervisors and/or personal tutors and can access Students First (our student welfare team) for any additional support.

Our Students’ Union plays a key part in our students’ lives, helping every student build friendships, pursue their passions and make lifelong memories. You can get involved by joining one of our many clubs or societies or head out on one of our SU trips for a taste of adventure, shopping or clubbing.
The SU hosts a whole variety of events, including ones run by our cultural and country-specific societies, as well as ones that celebrate our diverse campus, like international food day. Not only are there are lots of events, societies and groups designed to help you feel more at home, you can also set up your own club or society with the support of the SU.

Need help?

If you need help or have any question regarding the content of this page, you can reach out to our International Team at international-office@buckingham.ac.uk

Useful links

UK Government website
UK Council for International Student Affairs with Guidance on the EU Settlement Scheme, and information about Brexit immigration, fees and students support for the various academic years