Stow Building, The Glasgow School of Art

Stow Building, The Glasgow School of Art

Advice for new EU students >

This advice and information is for new EU students, commencing their studies from January 2021 onwards.


EU, EEA and Swiss students who plan to enter the UK to commence their studies after 1 January 2021, and who have not been granted pre-settled or settled status, will be required to apply for entry clearance/immigration permission before travelling to the UK and enrolling at GSA. 

This is a points-based system, known as the Student Route. It is open for applications now.

EU Settlement Scheme

The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) is designed to offer EU, EEA and Swiss nationals (as well as their family members) living in the UK the opportunity to protect and maintain their status in the UK. The EUSS grants applicants Settled or Pre-Settled status, depending on how long you have lived in the UK. If you can demonstrate that you have been living in the UK continuously for five years, you will be able to apply for Settled' status. If you have been living in the UK for less than five years, you will be granted Pre-Settled status and will be able to update this to 'settled' status when you have been continuously resident for five years. If you are already studying in the UK then you (and your family) should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK beyond January 2021. You can apply now if you meet the criteria. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.

The EU Settlement Scheme will allow EU nationals to continue living in the UK with the same access to work, study, benefits and public services as currently. 

If you have Pre-Settled or Settled Status from the EUSS you will not require a visa to enter the UK and commence your studies at GSA. 

Students from the Republic of Ireland

Irish nationals continue to be able to live, work and study in the UK without the need for immigration permission. The UK and Republic of Ireland Common Travel Area will continue after Brexit.

Irish nationals who have been resident in the UK can choose to apply to the EUSS if they wish to obtain official confirmation of settled status and indefinite right to live and work in the UK.  GSA recommends our Irish students to apply to the EUSS if they have been resident in the UK prior to 1 January 2021.

Tuition Fee Status

The tuition fee you will be charged by GSA will be determined by your residency status.

Home Fee Status: Students from the UK – students who are ordinarily resident in Scotland, England, Wales or Northern Ireland and have been resident in the UK, for reasons other than study, for 3 years.

International Fee Status: Students from outside the UK (including EU, EEA and Swiss nationals and associated groups without Settled/Pre-Settled Status – see info below).

Students from the Republic of Ireland: Students from the Republic of Ireland with Settled/Pre-Settled Status in the UK are likely to be granted home fee status. Discussions are currently taking place between the UK, Scottish and Irish Governments to determine the fee status of new Republic of Ireland students who don’t have Settled/Pre-Settled Status in the UK and are not ordinarily resident in Scotland.

Students from the EU (excluding Republic of Ireland): If you live in the EU (excluding the Republic of Ireland) and do not have Settled/Pre-Settled Status under the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme, you will be charged the international tuition fee rate.

We are waiting for an announcement from the Scottish Government regarding a range of scholarships which are likely to be made available to EU students – information here.

Some new students from the EU with the right to live in the UK may be entitled to a home fee status:

  • If you have Settled/Pre-Settled status under the UK's EU Settlement Scheme
  • If you are from the Republic of Ireland
  • If you are British but live in the EU
  • If you have dual UK/EU nationality

For more information, see the UKCISA guidance on fee assessment.

To enquire about your fee status please contact the GSA Registry:

For guidance and support with your fee status and access to student funding please contact the GSA Student Welfare Service:

Student Funding

EU nationals who have Settled or Pre-Settled status in the UK via the EU Settlement Scheme and are resident in Scotland may be eligible to apply for tuition fee support from SAAS. New EU students (without Settled/Pre-Settled Status) are not eligible for support from SAAS. More information is available on the SAAS website here.