Will UK students still be eligible for the Erasmus scheme (study abroad as part of a degree programme)?
UK students currently undertaking study abroad in 2018/19 in Europe continue to be eligible for Erasmus+ funding for the duration of their time abroad.
The University of Birmingham remains fully committed to our international exchange programmes and we have taken steps to reassure our EU exchange partners that we wish to continue exchanging students on a reciprocal tuition-fee waiver basis, regardless of the outcomes of the negotiations. It remains our priority that students are able to continue with their plans to study abroad at one of our EU exchange partners.
In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal (a no-deal Brexit), the Government has stated that it will need to reach agreement with the EU for UK organisations to continue participating in Erasmus+. It is seeking to hold these discussions with the EU with the aim of securing the UK's continued full participation in Erasmus+ until the end of 2020/21. It is not clear what will happen if the UK cannot negotiate continued access to the Erasmus programme, although the Government has said will engage with Member States and key institutions to seek to ensure UK participants can continue with their planned activity.
You may have also read that, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the UK government will not be underwriting the payment of the Erasmus+ grant for students undertaking a study abroad year, commencing this year. We have a range of programmes where studying abroad in Europe is an essential component of the programme. For these students, as well as those who have joined the University on a widening participation programme, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, and if the UK government is not able to negotiate its continued participation in the Erasmus+ programme, we have agreed to provide funding to support study abroad in 2019/20.
Where study in Europe is not an essential component to graduate we are not, at this stage, able to commit to underwriting Erasmus + grants because of the uncertainty within government regarding future funding. This remains a fluid situation and we will continue to monitor developments closely and review our approach as needed.
We continue to work closely with Universities UK, the Russell Group, and others to lobby the Government to provide additional clarification on support for student mobility and associated study abroad grants beyond 2018/19.
The latest communication from the UK Government regarding its continued participation in the Erasmus+ programme (and the potential implication of a no deal Brexit) is available on the Government's website.
Up-to-date information relating to UK participation in Erasmus+ can be found on the Erasmus+ National Agency’s website.