Erasmus+ Key Action 1 Brexit update (12 April 2019): 

  • As of 12 April 2019 (with the original date of the UK's withdrawal from the EU having been extended to 31 October 2019) the UK is expected to remain a “programme country” within the Erasmus+ Programme until the date of exit from the EU.
  • Students of Imperial College London who are currently undertaking (2018-19) a study or work placement via the Erasmus+ Programme will see no disruption to the administration of their grant.
  • Moving on to 2019-20, it is likely that during the period of continued EU membership and “programme country” status within the Erasmus+ Programme that Imperial College London will commence a new Erasmus+ project for student mobility for 2019-20 and therefore if a new Erasmus+ project is commenced: 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 to 31 March 2020). Confirmation of this situation is expected by 30 June, perhaps later, and this page will be updated when the College has received that confirmation. See below for further advice.
  • 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 is not a current participant in 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 planning to 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” are likely to be able to apply for an Erasmus mobility (for study) grant IF the College commences a new Erasmus+ project for 2019-20. However, confirmation of this situation may not be received by College until the end of June 2019 or later. 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 is not yet confirmed, although a student can view here as to how the current study grant scheme for 2018-19 works. Queries to a.hawksworth@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” are likely to be able to apply for am Erasmus mobility (for a traineeship) grant IF the College commences a new Erasmus+ project for 2019-20. However, confirmation of this situation may not be received by College until the end of June 2019 or later. 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 is not yet confirmed, although a student can view here as to how the current traineeship grant scheme for 2018-19 works. Queries to a.hawksworth@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 likely to be able to apply for a mobility (for a traineeship) grant from the Erasmus+ scheme IF the College commences a new Erasmus+ project for 2019-20 (confirmation of this situation may not be received by College until the end of June 2019 or later)    AND    the UK has not yet exited the EU. Most UG and PGT work placements occur from April onwards and therefore a student would have to have secured their work placement quite early in the academic year if the UK’s date of exit from the EU remains 31 October 2019 and have applied and secured the grant prior to the UK exiting the EU. PhD students tend to work to a more flexible timetable but the same principles apply. 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 is not yet confirmed, although a student can view here as to how the current traineeship grant scheme for 2018-19 works. Queries to a.hawksworth@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