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Erasmus+ and the Turing scheme

Just prior to Christmas 2020, the UK government announced the launch of the new Turing scheme and we submitted a University of St Andrews bid for funding in April 2021. Turing is expected to be the primary programme for outward student mobility from the UK from September 2021. We are expected to hear the results of our bid in July.

The programme will be international in focus and so will allow for universities to support students in placements across the world rather than being focused solely on Europe. European mobility will, however, continue to be part of the scheme. At present we await further details of exactly what we will be able to offer to students in terms of funding and we will provide updates directly to confirmed participants as well as here as soon as they are available.

We have an existing programme agreement for Erasmus+ which has been extended to cover the coming academic year. For 2021-2022 we will, therefore be operating the Erasmus+ programme in parallel with Turing, and some European placements will therefore be operated within that scheme too subject to available funding and places within our existing budget. We also offer a range of University of St Andrews scholarships subject to their own deadlines and application processes.

Each individual student participating will be contacted by us to confirm funding through Erasmus+ or Turing if applicable. Unfortunately we cannot be clear at the moment as to whether we will be able to provide programme funding for all placement activity. Placements are confirmed regardless and will take place whether Erasmus+ or Turing funding is associated with them.

Erasmus+ students

Please see the relevant section of the documents pages for your required information and deadlines. Please contact us at with any queries.

2019-2020 Erasmus+ placements and COVID-19

If your 2019-2020 Erasmus+ placement was affected by coronavirus impacts and you let us know about any outstanding additional costs associated with the placement which were exceptional and due to the pandemic, we are now finalising details and hope to be able to resolve cases shortly. We will be in touch as soon as we have full information to share, but if you have any questions please keep in touch with us at 

You may also wish to see the European Commission's FAQs related to Erasmus+ placements and COVID-19.

2020-2021 Erasmus+ placements and COVID-19

Please note that the National Agency for the programme has confirmed the following regarding virtual mobility for 2020-2021 due to the pandemic: For the 2020-2021 academic year, placements will be recognised as being part of the Erasmus+ programme throughout, whether conducted in the host country, in the UK, or in another home country, but funding is not payable for any periods you spend outside of the intended host country. This means that if you leave the host country to learn or work remotely during 2020-2021, then you will not be eligible for your grant for that period and will likely therefore be liable to repay some of your grant funding to us for onward payment to the Erasmus+ National Agency.

Please also note that placements which begin as virtual, if they do so outside of the host country, are also not eligible for grant payment until and if they start physically in the host country. You will be eligible for payment when you begin the placement again, or when it begins physically if it is started remotely, but regulations on minimum duration of placements also apply.

Please keep in touch with us if you are unsure about this, or any other aspect of your placement and we will be happy to help.

New, updated learning and work placement agreements are available via the Documentation pages on this website.

Erasmus+ in 2021-2022 and St Andrews' partnerships in Europe

The UK government has taken the decision not to join the Erasmus+ programme following UK withdrawal from the EU. 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.

For the 2021-2022 academic year, we will remain within the programme having extended our grant agreement to cover additional years. This is the case despite UK government removal from the programme and despite the concurrent running of the Turing scheme. As mentioned above, we expect to be able some student activity through Erasmus+ as well as some through Turing, but we cannot be clear on exactly what will be available until we hear the results of our Turing bid in July. 

We have a diverse range of strong partnerships across Europe, both within and outwith the Erasmus+ programme and we have worked closely with all of them since the EU membership referendum, and know that we will continue to operate exchanges and other programmes with them.

We are also working to maintain and strengthen our partnerships in Europe in strategic ways, identifying where strong partnerships should be enhanced and developed. Over the past five years, we have consistently communicated our commitment to collaboration with our partners, writing to all partners in Europe as the UK government engagement with the EU has evolved. In addition, we visit our partners, 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 have contributed to Scottish and UK discussions about involvement in Europe after the UK withdrawal from the EU and attend events focused on these areas, including consulting on the future involvement of UK Higher Education Institutions in European student and staff mobility programmes.

We continue to work with our European partners to ensure that we can exchange students regardless of the framework we are in.

If you have any questions or concerns about your Study or Work Abroad placement, please email us at  

Passport advice for UK nationals in Europe

Following the end of the transition period, new immigration requirements are now in place across Europe for study and work placement activity, and we recommend that you check with your country of destination.

The UK government advises that UK passport holders (including passports issued by the Crown Dependencies and Gibraltar) are subject to further requirements when entering Schengen countries including the 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.

Visiting and living in the EU after UK withdrawal from the EU

The UK government has recently updated its advice on spending time in the EU after the UK leaves the European Union. You can see the relevant details for either visiting or living in EU countries for the country you plan to travel to on their website. Please note that advice differs depending on the country, and at this time full information is not available for student status in every location.


Immigration requirements for UK nationals in EU and EEA countries as well as Switzerland are now altered from the situation when the UK was an EU member state. We are closely monitoring this issue. You can see details of current requirements in specific countries here: UK nationals in the EU - immigration information (Word, 60 KB). Please note that due to the changing nature of the negotiations and their outcomes, some of the information included in this document is subject to change. It was most recently updated in January 2021 and will be added to as requirements change or are clarified. Please always consult the immigration authorities in your destination country for absolute requirements.

Visa advice is available on the UK government website through the "Living in..." section of each country's listing. It is updated as the situation develops. You can also seek advice from the relevant embassy. 

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with the Global Office with individual questions about your immigration requirements, and please contact the immigration authorities in your destination country for more information on requirements. 

Health and travel insurance

The University's travel insurance policy provides cover for students authorised to study or work abroad as part of their degree for medical expenses, repatriation and personal liability insurance alongside other provision.

For local healthcare in most EU and EEA countries, the EHIC remains a valid option for cover as long as it is valid at the time of travel, or is new when travelling to certain countries.

The UK government has a new healthcare scheme - the GHIC card in operation now which will be provided for new applications in most cases and provides the same sort of cover as the EHIC. Either a valid existing EHIC, or a new EHIC or GHIC provides the cover you need, depending on the destination country - please note that there are some exceptions, in particular for Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Switzerland where personal healthcare insurance may be necessary.

Full details by country are outlined on the UK government healthcare for UK nationals visiting the EU, EEA and Switzerland website. Please take care to review the specific requirements for the country to which you are travelling, noting the particular requirements for Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Switzerland, Spain and Ireland. 

Driving in Europe

If you will be driving in the EU, you will need to ensure you have the right licence and insurance. Each country requires that you have the relevant IDP (International Driving Permit). You can see the requirements for your destination country on the UK government website. Check the requirements in your host country, and if you are driving your own car, make sure you have the relevant insurance coverage which may include the need to display a "green card" in your car as evidence.

Student funding

Current student finance arrangements remain in place. We advise that students contact their student finance company directly for further information at present. The UK and Scottish governments are undergoing discussion on future arrangements, particularly in relation to the new Turing scheme, and we will provide updated information here as soon as we are able. 

Annual funding

Please note: the University of St Andrews is unable to guarantee Erasmus+ or Turing scheme funding in any given year. Erasmus+ funding is awarded to the University on an annual basis by the UK National Agency - British Council based on application 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 influence conditions or make indiviudal exceptions. We are not currently able to advise on likely grants for 2021-2022 and future academic years, but will update our website as soon as we have more information.

About Erasmus+

The Erasmus+ programme enables you to study or, in some 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 Global Office. This contract will serve as a guarantee of funding.


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