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Education and EU citizens in Scotland

EU students studying in Scotland (or planning to)

Eligible students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland who start studying in the 2020-21 academic year will get free tuition for the duration of their course.

Information for these students wishing to study in Scotland from 2021-22 is available from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) website.

EU students on an Erasmus Plus exchange trip (or planning to go on one)

EU students at Scottish Universities will continue to be able to take part in the Erasmus Plus programme 2020, if they already started their placement in the academic year 2020-21.

You can find more information on the Erasmus Plus programme.

EU citizens working in education

Early learning and childcare

A number of early learning and childcare workers in Scotland are EU citizens, and their right to continue working in their current role will not be affected by Brexit.

People from all ages, skill levels and backgrounds will still be encouraged to apply to work in early learning and childcare.


All teachers in Scotland must be registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) before they're allowed to teach.

The GTCS is still welcoming applications from EU teachers.

Scottish universities

International researchers, teachers and staff are welcome to join universities and the research community in Scotland.

You can find more information about working in the UK as a researcher or academic leader on GOV.UK.

EU Settlement Scheme and visas

EU citizens who were living in the UK by 31 December 2020 must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021. Irish students and people with indefinite leave to remain do not have to apply.

Find more information on the EU Settlement Scheme.

EU citizens arriving in the UK after 31 December 2020 need a visa to study in the UK.

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