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Erasmus+ and the EU Referendum

The University of St Andrews is committed to student and staff mobility within Europe and across the world. As an institution, we are outward looking, global and inclusive and will continue to be so.

We have a diverse range of strong partnerships across Europe, both within and outwith the Erasmus+ programme and we closely monitor the progress of discussions on UK involvement in European mobility, hopeful that UK institutions will continue to participate in Erasmus+ and its successor programme.

We are also working to maintain and strengthen our partnerships in Europe in strategic ways. We have communicated our commitment to collaboration with our partners. We visit them, host them here, and meet them at conferences and other opportunities. We have developed a strong scholarship portfolio which is open to those participating in mobility in all destinations including in Europe. We are actively contributing to Scottish and UK discussions about involvement in Europe after the UK withdrawal from the EU and are directly involved in work on the national Outward Mobility strategy.

Should the UK exit the EU in 2019 without having secured a deal, we expect that the University will be able to continue to participate in the Erasmus+ programme as normal for the 2018-2019 academic year regardless. We have received our Grant Agreement for 2018-2019 from the UK National Agency supporting the programme which includes details of our funding award. In the unlikely event that our exit from the EU signals a withdrawal of EU funding, we expect that the UK Government will finance any commitments for this year as they have promised to do in a number of recent declarations.

We remain hopeful that UK institutions will be able to continue their involvement until the end of the current project in 2020 and beyond. However, the UK Government has also promised to fund successful bids for 2019-2020 if Brexit means that the normal funding is not available from the EU. We await clarification on the exact nature of this guarantee.

Because of government assurances, we do not anticipate any impact on participation or funding for this project year, and we will continue to lobby for involvement in 2019-2020 and future versions of the programme and will monitor any additional requirements that may arise regarding visas, funding or other related issues. We will communicate any such outcomes to all participants or future applicants fully and as soon as possible.

Information and updates on our bid for 2019-2020 will be posted here when available. Information and updates are also available from Erasmus+.

Passport advice for UK nationals in Europe after 29 March 2019

The UK government advises that UK passport holders (including passports issues by the Crown Dependencies and Gibraltar) will be considered third country nationals after 29 March 2019 in the event of a no-deal scenario. This will mean that you may be subject to further requirements when entering Schengen countries including requirement to have a passport that was issued within the last ten years on the date of arrival in a Schengen country, and which has an effective validity of at least 6 months when you intend to travel to the country.

Schengen countries are: (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland).

We advise that you prepare to be able to fulfil these requirements so that you are able to comply with regulations that may be in force should the UK government not reach a deal.

Please see the UK government advice in full for further information on the preparations you should take.

Annual funding

Please note: the University of St Andrews is unable to guarantee Erasmus+ funding in any given year.  This funding is awarded to the University on an annual basis by the UK National Agency - British Council and is subject to change.  Erasmus+ eligibility criteria are set externally by the British Council and the European Commission, and not by the University of St Andrews.  As Erasmus+ grants are externally funded, the University cannot guarantee what funding will be available from year to year.

About Erasmus+

The Erasmus+ programme enables you to study or, in come cases, work in Europe for a semester or full year as part of your degree. Most students are also eligible for an Erasmus+ Mobility grant.

The Erasmus+ scheme is funded by the European Commission as part of the Lifelong Learning programme. It exists to promote student and staff mobility in higher education, principally within the EU, although some non-EU countries also participate.

Between 1987 and 2014 over three million students from institutions across Europe took part in the Erasmus programme. Find out how to be part of the new Erasmus+ programme that continues this approach.

As part of the Erasmus+ programme, eligible students will be issued with an Erasmus+ contract which must be returned to the CSA team.  This contract will serve as a guarantee of funding.


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