Support study abroad

Support study abroad

Universities UK urged the UK government to fully associate to the future Erasmus+ programme as part of the negotiations for the future UK-EU relationship. However, the UK government decided not to associate with the scheme. Instead a national scheme, the Turing Scheme, was announced on 24 December, 2020.


Why is it important to engage with Turing? 

  1. Study abroad supports social mobility. Students who study abroad outperform their peers academically and professionally. They are:
    • 19% more likely to gain a first class degree 
    • 20% less likely to be unemployed 
    • 10% more likely to be in ‘graduate’ jobs six months after graduation 

    For those from underrepresented and disadvantaged groups the benefits are even more pronounced: 
    • BAME students who studied abroad are 17% more likely to be in ‘graduate’ jobs six months after graduation
    • mature students who participated in these programmes earn 10% more than their peers 

  2. An investment in an international experience for our students now is an investment in the future of our economy. Without the international opportunities offered through schemes Turing, the UK’s workforce will not be equipped to meet the changing needs of our economy post-Brexit. 

    Research by the CBI has found that: 
    • seven out of ten small- and medium-sized enterprises believe that future executives will need foreign language skills and international experience
    • 39% of employers are dissatisfied with graduates’ intercultural awareness
    • 49% of employers are dissatisfied with graduates’ language skills

  3. Without this funding, 35,000 young people will miss out on opportunities to study, work or volunteer abroad next year

  4. With exit from the EU, the government has ambitious plans for a global Britain – committing to study abroad funding is central to achieving this vision.

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