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Brexit and Turing Scheme FAQs

Brexit

Brexit

At the University of Exeter we are proud of our European connections and collaborations.  In view of the challenges ahead we would like to take this opportunity to emphasise our commitment to student exchange with our European partners.  We warmly invite and encourage students from our European partners to choose Exeter as their study abroad destination.

The information provided on our website is being updated on a regular basis and provides the best information that is available to our knowledge. 

The University of Exeter Brexit homepage provides information for students, staff and researchers.

Read the latest statement from the UK Department for Education.

Outbound students

As a result of the Brexit process the UK is no longer participating in the Erasmus+ exchange scheme.  The UK Government has launched a new £100m Turing Scheme designed to offer global mobility opportunities for 35,000 UK students annually.

"The Turing Scheme is the UK Government's scheme to provide funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world,"

Placements that take place from September 2021 to August 2022 and are from four weeks to 12 months in duration will be funded.  Students will not need to apply to the UK Government for funding.  The University of Exeter will administrate the Turing Scheme funding and will support students with their application paperwork when further information about the scheme becomes available.

Students will be sent information about the Turing Scheme and updates to existing Erasmus+ funding via their Exeter email and the Outbound Teams sites.

Students will receive funding to support their cost of living during a placement.  Funding will be grouped into three categories: Group 1 (high cost of living), Group 2 (medium cost of living), Group 3 (low cost of living).

Students on a higher education placement lasting between four and eight weeks will receive:

  • To Group 1 destinations: £136 per week
  • To Group 2 and 3 destinations: £120 per week

Students on a higher education placement lasting over eight weeks will receive:

  • To Group 1 destinations: £380 per month
  • To Group 2 and 3 destinations: £335 per month

These grants will be in addition to any student finance participants may already qualify for or are in receipt of.

Additional support for those from disadvantaged backgrounds:

Participants from disadvantaged backgrounds on a higher education placement will receive a higher cost of living grant.  

Students on a higher education placement lasting between four and eight weeks will receive:

  • To Group 1 destinations: £63.50 per week
  • To Group 2 and 3 destinations: £147.50 per week

Students on a higher education placement lasting over eight weeks will receive:

  • To Group 1 destinations: £490 per month
  • To Group 2 and 3 destinations: £445 per month

Exeter will be able to offer Erasmus+ funded support to outbound student mobility during the academic year 2020/21 under the extended agreements with our partner universities in Europe.

It is likely students going to the EU will be required to apply for a visa for their studies.  Currently little information has been released on these new requirements and every student will be in a different situation: please refer to the UK Government's advice page in conjunction with advice from your host university when planning for your Year Abroad.  

As we receive information on visa requirements we will add these to the Outbound Teams sites so please ensure you have notifications set up for your country channel. 

The new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) will be replacing the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).  You can apply for a GHIC for free on the NHS website.

The GHIC will cover you only in EU countries.  It does not cover you in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland.

See 'Students studying in the EU, Norway, Iceland, Lichenstein or Switzerland' section for information on the student GHIC.

Inbound students

From 1st January 2021, any EEA national coming to the UK to study will need to apply for a visa.  The type of visa you will need to apply for will depend on the length of the programme that you are studying.  Details of the UK's immigration routes and how to apply for them can be found on our visa information pages.

Exchange Agreements

The Erasmus+ programme runs in seven-year cycles in line with the EU’s seven year Multiannual Financial Framework. The UK participated in the Erasmus+ 2014-2020 programme as a member of the EU and during the transition period. The withdrawal agreement between the UK and the EU then secured all approved funding under the 2014-2020 Erasmus+ programme for the full duration of projects, or the run-down of funds, including where projects run beyond 2020 and the end of the transition period. The University of Exeter has extended the lifetime of its current Erasmus+ project to May 31, 2023. This means that Exeter can continue to support students undertaking Erasmus+ activities during 2021-22 via use of our existing Erasmus+ funds.

The UK has decided not to participate in the new Erasmus+ 2021-2027 programme and has instead announced 'the Turing Scheme' which wil continue to support study and work abroad outbound mobilities. This scheme is named after the British codebreaker and mathematician, Alan Turing.

Through this scheme, UK universities, colleges and schools will be able to support more than 40,000 student work and study placements across the world in 2021-22, with additional support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

For student exchange to take place beyond the Erasmus+ scheme, an inter-institutional agreement must be negotiated with each of our partner institutions.

Partner universities wishing to discuss renewal of an exchange, or a new student exchange should contact our team of Global Development Advisors by email.