Erasmus+ Key Action 1 Brexit update (5 November 2019): 

  • As of 5 November 2019 (with the original date of the UK's withdrawal from the EU having been extended once again to 31 January 2020) the UK will remain a “programme country” within the Erasmus+ Programme until the date of exit from the EU. If the UK departs the EU with a deal then the UK will remian a "programme country" within the Erasmus+ Programme until the end of the transitionary period (currently the end of Dec 2020).
  • Imperial College London has commenced a new Erasmus+ project for student mobility for 2019-20 and therefore a.) should the UK exit the EU with a “deal” the availability of mobility grants will be unaffected or b.) if the UK exits the EU without a “deal” the UK government has promised to underwrite the costs of the remaining period of the (approved/ratified) project after withdrawal (ditto IF the withdrawal date is extended further beyond 31 January 2020). See further down for more detail.
  • Erasmus+ “programme countries” are the states of the EU, the wider EEA plus Turkey and North Macedonia (naturally, the UK is excluded as a destination for students).
  • Switzerland does not participate in the higher education mobility element of Erasmus+.
  • 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. If an individual mobility grant is awarded to such a student then the UK’s exit at a later date will not impact on the value of the grant, albeit the administration of the grant may be impacted. 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. If an individual mobility grant is awarded to such a student then the UK’s exit at a later date is not expected to impact on the value of the grant, albeit the administration of the grant may be impacted. 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
  • UPDATED (Nov 2019): 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. If this changes this advice will be updated. If an individual mobility grant is awarded to such a student then the UK’s exit from the EU on 31 January or later is not expected to impact on the value of the grant, albeit the administration of the grant may be impacted. 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+. 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