Turing Scheme UPDATE (12 March 2021): Please read the news item on our placement page for students.

Erasmus+ Key Action 1 UPDATE (2 Sept 2021), with reference to Covid-19 and the outcomes of Brexit as the UK moves on afer the end of the transition period

  • (with the UK having withdrawn from the EU on 31 January 2020; and exited the transition period on 1 January 2021) the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement means that the UK will remain active within the 2014-2020 Erasmus+ programme until the end of approved Erasmus projects.
  • Imperial College London is active with its Erasmus+ project for student mobility in 2020-21. The availability of mobility grants will be unaffected during 2020-21. The current project has seen some significant disruption due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. See further down for more detail.
  • Imperial College now has approval to continue implementing its 2020-21 Erasmus project into 2021-22 as far as funds allow. See further down for more detail.
  • On 24 December 2020 the UK Government announced that the UK (excluding Northern Ireland) will not participate in the new Erasmus scheme (2021-27). See further down for more comment.
  • 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).
  • Switzerland does not participate in the higher education mobility element of Erasmus+. For 2020-21 and 2021-22 there are separate mobility arrangements (SEMP: Swiss-European Mobility Programme) for study (exchange) mobility to ETH Zurich and EPF Lausanne (contact : Adrian Hawksworth ). The situation regarding SEMP (for UK univeristies) in 2022-23 is not yet known.
  • 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 undertook a full academic year study placement in 2020-21 as part of their degree ("year abroad") via the Erasmus+ Programme at an institution of higher education in an Erasmus “programme country” had the opportunity to apply for an Erasmus mobility (for study) grant. The exit of the UK from the brexit transitionary period did not impact on these grants. Queries to student.funding@imperial.ac.uk
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate students of Imperial College London who planned as part of their degree during 2020-21 to undertake a work placement (as a module or contributing to a module) in one of the current Erasmus+ programme countries were (the scheme has now closed) able to apply for a mobility (for a traineeship) grant from the Erasmus+ scheme regardless of the UK exited the brexit transitionary period before their planned placement start date. Most UG and PGT work placements occur from April 2021 onwards. PhD students tend to work to a more flexible timetable. The exit of the UK from the brexit transitionary period did not impact on these grants. Queries to student.funding@imperial.ac.uk.
  • Moving on to 2021-22 should that be the year when a student of Imperial College London may be undertaking a study or work-type mobility (within degree programme) to what are currently “programme countries” within Erasmus+. Imperial College has a contract to deliver the Erasmus programme in 2021-22 subject to financial support being available. The funding available has depended on how much was used in 2020-21 and therefore, in 2021-22, the College is prioritising the remaining funding on supporting undergraduate year (study) abroad mobility AND undergraduate year in industry. Consequently, there will be no funding available to support traineeships (i.e. other undergraduate work-type placements and postgraduate placeemnts), except undergraduate year in industry. Undergraduate students of Imperial College planning a year (study) abroad to an Erasmus partner university or an undergraduate year in industry to an eligible country other than their country of orgin in 2021-22 should review the information provided in the 2021-22 Placements Abroad Handbook. Queries to Adrian Hawksworth

Imperial College provides this guidance so as to be helpful to students but naturally given the fluidity of the outcomes 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 on Erasmus 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