Student mobility after Brexit

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The UK government decided not to seek participation in the new Erasmus+ programme. The UK government will instead launch the Turing scheme. 


What has been agreed? 

The UK government decided not to seek participation in the new Erasmus+ programme. This means students based at universities in England, Scotland and Wales will not be able to participate in the programme when the first call for funding launches. 

The Irish government has committed to fund students from universities in Northern Ireland to participate in the new Erasmus+ programme. UUK is awaiting further details on how this will work in practice. 

As a non-Associated Partner Country in the new Erasmus+ programme, UK institutions can still participate in Jean Monnet calls and Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree consortia (and lead the latter).   

All existing funding that was already granted to UK universities under the previous Erasmus+ scheme is unaffected, and for the duration of those grants nothing will change for UK participants. 

Issues that need clarifying 

  • Whether or not UK universities can participate in upcoming calls for the European University Initiative.  
  • How any potential overlapping issues between the Erasmus+ 2014–2020 programme and the Turing Scheme will be managed.  
  • As a short-term solution for mobility students who want to come to the UK on a work placement with funds from Erasmus+ (2014–2020), we are seeking confirmation from the Department for Education and the Home Office that the Erasmus+ programme (2014–2020) will not be removed from the Tier 5 Government-Authorised Exchange (GAE) list of approved schemes. This would provide stability and certainty for incoming students and enabling them to still apply for a Tier 5 visa.  

Turing Scheme 

What has been agreed? 

The Turing scheme will provide £110 million in funding for 35,000 students in universities, colleges and schools to go on study and work placements abroad from September 2021 to August 2022. 

The British Council and Ecorys have been confirmed as delivery partners for the first year of the scheme. 

Further details on the Turing Scheme have now been launched and can be found on the Turing Scheme website.

Overview and applications

  • There are separate guidelines for each sector.
  • Eligible UK organisations can apply from March 2021. The application window will be open for five weeks with a deadline of 16 April for higher education. Funding decisions are expected in July 2021.
  • Institutions will receive organisational support. Under each project, £315 will be provided per participant for the first 100 participants. From the 101st participant onwards, £180 will be provided per participant.
  • Different grant rates are provided for short-term (four-eight weeks) and long-term (over eight weeks) placements. Long-term placements will have the grant for the first eight weeks calculated at the higher rate.
  • No specific templates or pro-formas for agreements will need to be used, but UUKi with the sector are exploring developing a master template agreement.


  • Turing Scheme participants will be able to study or work across the globe.
  • Destination countries have been grouped into three bands for funding purposes, related to cost of living: Group 1 (high cost of living), Group 2 (medium cost of living), Group 3 (lower cost of living). 

Length of mobility 

  • The length of mobility eligible for funding for higher education is from four weeks to 12 months.

Student eligibility

  • Student participants can be in any study cycle (ie BA, MA, PhD), or recent graduates.

Widening participation 

  • Additional funding will be provided to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds: higher cost of living grants, a contribution towards the direct costs of travel and actual costs for additional expenses (e.g. costs of visas, passports & health insurance) as well as additional support for disabled students. This webpage provides more information.

Staff mobility

  • It does not provide funding to facilitate inbound student mobility, or support teaching or training staff visits.

Further clarification will be needed on aspects of the scheme, including: 

  • How the total budget of the scheme will be distributed between higher education, further education and schools. 
  • The degree of flexibility for institutions to allocate the funds.  
  • The audit and evaluation requirements and criteria. 
  • Further detail on funding alternative contingency arrangements if COVID-19 persists and what these alternative arrangements might be.

Information for international partners outside the UK

If you have questions for us about the Turing Scheme, please contact our team at:


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