Erasmus+ Key Action 1 UPDATE (20 October 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

  • (with the UK having withdrawn from the EU on 31 January 2020) the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement means that the UK will remain active within the 2014-2020 Erasmus+ programme until the end of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 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 is also now active with its Erasmus+ project for student mobility in 2020-21. Since the UK exited the EU with a “deal” the availability of mobility grants will be unaffected during 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 has not impacted on these grants. Queries to student.funding@imperial.ac.uk
  • Undergraduate students of Imperial College London who planned 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 transitionary period has not impacted on these grants. Queries to student.funding@imperial.ac.uk
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate students of Imperial College London who plan 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 are 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 (latest start date is 30 June 2021). Most UG and PGT work placements occurred from April 2021 onwards. PhD students tend to work to a more flexible timetable. The exit of the UK from the brexit transitionary period will not impact on these grants. Check out the detail on the undergraduate Erasmus Traineeship Grant and the postgraduate Erasmus Traineeship Grant . 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 planning to undertake a study or work mobility to what are currently “programme countries” within Erasmus+. The position is not yet known. However, the UK government has indicated a commitment to filling any gap in financial support that students can ordinarily expect to be able to apply for when planning a placement at an organisaton in an Erasmus "programme country" (should access to the Erasmus scheme not be possible). 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 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