Erasmus+ Key Action 1 UPDATE (21 May 2020),with reference to Covid-19 and the ongoing process of Brexit as the UK moves through the transition period which is due to end on 31 December 2020

  • As of 21 May 2020 (with the UK having withdrawn from the EU on 31 January 2020) the UK will remain a “programme country” within the Erasmus+ Programme until the end of the transitionary period (currently 31 Dec 2020) which coincides with the end of the 7 year Erasmus+ programme. The de facto positon is that approved Erasmus projects will operate through to the end of the relevant project period, which for mobility projects is commonly Sept 2021.
  • Imperial College London is active with its current Erasmus+ project for student mobility in 2019-20. Since the UK exited the EU with a “deal” and entered a transitionary period the availability of mobility grants will be unaffected during 2019-20. The current project has seen some significant disruption due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. See further down for more detail.
  • Imperial College London has applied to the Erasmus+ programme for funding for 2020-21 and should that application be successful (outcome expected by the end of June 2020) the College will 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. See further down for more detail.
  • 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 (including given the current Covid-19 circumstances when it is safe to do so), 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 were able to apply for a mobility (for a traineeship) grant from the Erasmus+ scheme regardless of whether the UK exited 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+. Imperial College has applied for funding from the Erasmus+ programme and if that application is successful (outcome expected by the end of June 2020) the College 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 in January/February 2020) and the Placements Abroad Handbook of which a new edition will be issued during June 2020 (queries to Adrian Hawksworth ). The current Covid-19 pandemic may impact the Erasmus programme during 2020-21 and any relevant news will be posted here.
  • 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 whole 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