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European & EEA students 

Living, working and studying in the UK

Please find below some helpful information for European and EEA/Swiss national students who wish to study in the UK

Brexit Information:

On 23.06.2016 the UK held a referendum in which the country voted by a narrow majority to leave the European Union (EU). On 29.03.17 the UK government officially notified the EU of the UK intention to leave within 2 years (29.03.19).

There have been ongoing negotiations between the UK government and the rest of the EU about the UK's exit and future relationship with the EU, including discussions on a transitional period after the UK leaves where some or all existing EU rules may apply .

The United Kingdom Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provide updates and information on Brexit including any government announcements

There is a Personal Allowance for workers where income is not taxed until the PA exceeded. International students and their dependants who work will be liable to pay income tax if they earn over the threshold of over approx £221 a week. This is based on the assumption that you will earn over £11,500 in a tax year (which starts and ends in April each year). The tax rates for 2017/18 are:
  • No tax (Personal Allowance - PA) - 0% on earnings below £11,500
  • Basic rate - 20% on earnings above the PA and up to £33,500
  • Higher rate - 40% on earnings over £35,501 but below £150,000
  • Additional rate - 45% for earnings over £150,000

More information on UK tax rates, changes and updates can be found at the HM Revenues & Customs website.

If you have paid tax and have stopped working, paid tax but not earned more than the Personal Allowance, or paid more tax than you were liable for, you can claim tax back, by completing the P50 form available from HM Revenues & Customs.

Remember: The fiscal (tax) year runs from beginning of April to beginning of April every year. You should therefore base your yearly calculations based on the fiscal year and not the calendar year.

There are three rates of minimum wage according to age. You should not be paid at any rate lower than those quoted below, as this is a legal requirement on employers. (correct as at April 2015)
  • Over 25 rate: £7.50 per hour (25 years old and over)
  • Main rate: £7.05 per hour (21 to 24 years and over)
  • Development rate: £5.60 per hour (18 – 20 year olds)
  • Young workers rate: £4.05 per hour (for workers under 18 who are above school leaving age)
  • Apprentice rate: £3.50

For more information on the National Minimum Wage click here.

National Minimum Wage Helpline 0845 6000 678

There is a Personal Allowance for workers where income is not taxed until the PA exceeded. International students and their dependants who work will be liable to pay income tax if they earn over the threshold of over approx £221 a week. This is based on the assumption that you will earn over £11,500 in a tax year (which starts and ends in April each year). The tax rates for 2017/18 are:
  • No tax (Personal Allowance - PA) - 0% on earnings below £11,500
  • Basic rate - 20% on earnings above the PA and up to £33,500
  • Higher rate - 40% on earnings over £35,501 but below £150,000
  • Additional rate - 45% for earnings over £150,000

More information on UK tax rates, changes and updates can be found at the HM Revenues & Customs website.

If you have paid tax and have stopped working, paid tax but not earned more than the Personal Allowance, or paid more tax than you were liable for, you can claim tax back, by completing the P50 form available from HM Revenues & Customs.

Remember: The fiscal (tax) year runs from beginning of April to beginning of April every year. You should therefore base your yearly calculations based on the fiscal year and not the calendar year.

There are three rates of minimum wage according to age. You should not be paid at any rate lower than those quoted below, as this is a legal requirement on employers. (correct as at April 2015)
  • Over 25 rate: £7.50 per hour (25 years old and over)
  • Main rate: £7.05 per hour (21 to 24 years and over)
  • Development rate: £5.60 per hour (18 – 20 year olds)
  • Young workers rate: £4.05 per hour (for workers under 18 who are above school leaving age)
  • Apprentice rate: £3.50

For more information on the National Minimum Wage click here.

National Minimum Wage Helpline 0845 6000 678