The Morning After

As the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, the British Council has been working with our European neighbours for over eighty years and we will continue to do so. We have always believed in the strength of engaging with multilateral institutions and we will find ways to continue to work in partnership with other European countries and with EU institutions to create opportunities, build connections and engender trust.

Culture, language and ideas know no borders. As this is the core of our work, in Poland we will continue to deliver all services and cultural relations programmes as planned.


The British Council published The Morning After: The Morning After: The future of the UK’s cultural relationship with other European nations, a collection of essays from key figures in culture, politics and science, reflecting on the UK’s relationship with Europe. For fresh perspectives, visit our The Morning After webpage.Opens in a new tab or window.

We believe that in view of the result of the United Kingdom’s referendum on EU membership, the cultural connection between the UK and other European nations will remain vital, and can help to build confidence and trust in whatever political and economic settlement is finally reached.
Rebecca Walton director EU Region

The UK currently remains a member of the EU, and we continue to meet our obligations and receive relevant funding. However we understand that there will be questions about the broader impact of the referendum. Many of these questions will need to be considered as part of wider discussion about the UK’s future relationship with the EU. Where we can provide further information, we will do so.


The UK has some of the best universities and researchers in the world, and international students, academics and researchers play a significant part in that success. If you've applied to study in the UK and are concerned about what the referendum results mean for you, here are some things you can do to find out more information:

Universities UK has also stated that immigration status of EU students studying in the UK under the Erasmus programme has not changed, and they continue to be eligible for their Erasmus grant until at least as long as the UK remains a member of the EU and could be extended beyond this. 

Good news for EU nationals who plan to start their studies in the UK in 2018

EU students applying for university places in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will remain eligible for undergraduate, master’s, postgraduate financial support in academic year 2018 to 2019.

The decision means EU students applying for an undergraduate or master’s course at an English university or further education institution in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will continue to have access to student loans and grants, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU.

EU nationals will also remain eligible to apply for Research Council PhD studentships at UK institutions for 2018 to 2019 to help cover costs for the duration of their study.