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Durham University

Erasmus, Exchange & Study Abroad

Erasmus+ and Brexit

The Erasmus+ programme is funded by the European Commission. The following guidance issued by the UK government:

The UK will continue to participate fully in Erasmus+ until the end of the current programme. This means EU staff and students can complete mobility periods (subject to public and global health requirements), and receive funding through the current Erasmus+ programme up until the end of the 2021/22 academic year [*please note the limitations to this below], subject to the individual arrangements at each sending university.

The University will continue to work with Universities UK to lobby for a replacement international student mobility programme. However, Durham University students should be aware that Brexit may have an impact on placements in 2020/21 and beyond. Universities UK International provides a useful resource, as the situation evolves www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/policy-and-analysis/brexit/Pages/brexit-faqs.aspx#erasmus (06/10/2020).

The UK government has previously published notices saying that it would underwrite any Erasmus+ funding for proposals submitted before Britain’s exit from the EU. Durham has an Erasmus contract until 2022, thus covering the 2020/21 academic year. What is most likely, when Britain leaves the Transition Period and EU, is that the UK will continue to honour all commitments made for the 2020/21 Erasmus+ academic years. Students should, however, be aware that Brexit may have an impact in terms of travel and in-country registration requirements at the end of the Transition Period. Students are advised to check the advice on the government pages of their host institution as well as the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office Travel Advice.

Durham University’s Erasmus+ Grant Agreement runs until the 31 May 2022. The government assurances set out above should cover this period. However, students should be aware that some placements may run beyond May 2022. There may not be funding for any mobilities after May 2022, as these will depend on the outcome of negotiations between the EU and the UK.

For mobilities from June 2022 onwards Durham University will seek to fully participate in any Erasmus+ successor programme. Further, we will continue to offer study and work opportunities in Europe and beyond, regardless of the outcome of negotiations between the EU and the UK. We are working closely with our European partner institutions and networks (such as the Coimbra Group Student Exchange Network) to ensure exchange opportunities will continue to be available in the future.