Erasmus+ Key Action 1 Brexit update (7 January 2020): 

  • As of 7 January 2020 (with the date of the UK's withdrawal from the EU expected to be 31 January 2020) the UK will remain a “programme country” within the Erasmus+ Programme until the end of the transitionary period (currently the end of Dec 2020) and most likely until Sept 2021.
  • Imperial College London has commenced a new Erasmus+ project for student mobility for 2019-20 and therefore when the UK exits the EU with a “deal” and enters a transitionary period the availability of mobility grants will be unaffected. See further down for more detail.
  • Imperial College London expects to apply to the Erasmus+ programme for funding for 2020-21 and should that application be successful to participate in a further Erasmus+ project for 2020-21. See further down for more detail.
  • Erasmus+ “programme countries” are the states of the EU, the wider EEA plus Turkey, Serbia and North Macedonia (naturally, the UK is excluded as a destination for students).
  • The situation for 2021-22 is not yet known.
  • Switzerland does not participate in the higher education mobility element of Erasmus+. There are separate mobility arrangements for study (exchange) mobility to ETH Zurich and EPF Lausanne (contact : Adrian Hawksworth )
  • The question for throughout this whole period is not whether a study or work placement can take place abroad because the College will continue to provide/facilitate these opportunities, but more about the programmes and funding that are available to support these opportunities.

Students may wish to take note of the following:

  • Undergraduate students of Imperial College London who undertake a full academic year study placement in 2019-20 as part of their degree ("year abroad") via the Erasmus+ Programme at an institution of higher education in an Erasmus “programme country” have been able to apply for an Erasmus mobility (for study) grant. The exit of the UK from the EU and the following transitionary period will not impact on these grants. Queries to student.funding@imperial.ac.uk
  • Undergraduate students of Imperial College London planning to undertake a full academic year work (industrial) placement in 2019-20 as part of their degree ("year in industry") via the Erasmus Programme at a company or organisation in an Erasmus “programme country” were able to apply for an Erasmus mobility (for a traineeship) grant. The exit of the UK from the EU and the following transitionary period will not impact on these grants. The value of such a grant and all other information, including how to apply, can be viewed here . Queries to student.funding@imperial.ac.uk
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate students of Imperial College London planning as part of their degree during 2019-20 to undertake a work placement (as a module or contributing to a module) in one of the current Erasmus+ programme countries are able to apply for a mobility (for a traineeship) grant from the Erasmus+ scheme regardless of whether the UK exits the EU before their planned placement start date. Most UG and PGT work placements occur from April onwards. PhD students tend to work to a more flexible timetable. The exit of the UK from the EU and the following transitionary period will not impact on these grants. The value of such a traineeship grant and all other information, including how to apply, can be viewed here .  IMPORTANT: It is worth checking at any stage whether these grants are available and your queries can be sent to student.funding@imperial.ac.uk
  • Moving on to 2020-21 should that be the year when a student of Imperial College London may be planning to undertake a study or work mobility to what are currently “programme countries” within Erasmus+. The expectation of Imperial College is that it will apply for funding from the Erasmus+ programme and if that application is successful it will be able to participate in a further Erasmus+ project for 2020-21. Further guidance in the Year Abroad Hand-out (issued to prospective undergraduate year abroad participants via their departmental exchange co-ordinator by the end of January 2020) and Placements Abroad Handbook (queries to Adrian Hawksworth )
  • Moving on to 2021-22 should that be the year when a student of Imperial College London may be planning to undertake a study or work mobility to what are currently “programme countries” within Erasmus+. The position is not yet known. Further guidance in due course.

Imperial College provides this guidance so as to be helpful to students but naturally given the fluidity of the Brexit process it may be that the College will need to revise the guidance from time to time as the full facts and consequences are known.

Further insight can be found on the British Council's website (The British Council is the UK's National Agency for Erasmus).

Queries regarding staff mobility and brexit can be addressed to a.hawksworth@imperial.ac.uk