Currently, the UK’s future participation in Erasmus+ is uncertain, due to continuing Brexit negotiations.
In the event that the UK leaves the EU with a deal in place, the UK will participate in Erasmus+ as normal until the end of the current cycle in 2020 and EU funding for UK Erasmus+ participants will be unaffected.
However, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it is unlikely that the government will subsidise the loss of Erasmus+ funding.
Following the latest Department for Education Technical Notice on Erasmus+, we, as a College, have made the decision that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, we will commit to providing students with a subsidy equivalent to current Erasmus+ funding for all students taking a year abroad in Europe as either a mandatory or optional element of their degree programme (where this would have previously been funded by the Erasmus+ scheme). This commitment will apply to current second years going abroad in 2019/20 and to first years going abroad in 2020/21.
This commitment also means there will be no change to financial support for students who are currently overseas on an Erasmus+ placement or are considering applying to participate in the Erasmus+ scheme during their degree.