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Erasmus+ and the Turing scheme

The Turing scheme is international in focus and allows for universities to support students in placements across the world rather than being focused solely on Europe. European mobility will, however, continue to be an important part of the scheme. St Andrews made a bid for funding for the 2021-2022 academic year within the Turing scheme and were successful in that bid, meaning that we are able to support student mobility with funding across more activity than was previously possible. The Turing scheme has now been confirmed for the next three years, starting from 2022-2023 and St Andrews will continue to bid to secure funding support for the full range of outbound student activity.

We have an existing programme agreement for Erasmus+ which has been extended to cover the period up to and including the academic year 2022-2023. This means that we will continue to welcome students to St Andrews from over 70 European partners whilst operating our exchanges with them as normal for our own students. Erasmus+ funding for student mobility is unfortunately no longer available, but European and international exchanges will be supported through Turing to the fullest extent possible and in line with our grant funding award.

We also offer a range of University of St Andrews scholarships subject to their own deadlines and application processes and are committed to continuing our exchange programmes and to supporting our students on their placements.

Study and work abroad placements are confirmed regardless of funding, we will contact individual students who have applied to us for funding through either Turing or scholarships awards to confirm arrangements, and the levels of support available to them as soon as we are able to do so. For Turing, we anticipate that we will receive information about our award in August 2022.

About Turing

Funding Information

Awards for Turing this year will be made based on our institutional application which will be submitted in April 2022. We expect to hear announcements about awards in August and will communicate results directly to students who have responded to our invitation to internal application for the scheme. We will also continue to support student activity through our range of internal scholarships to support as many students on degree-related University study and work abroad placements as possible through a combination of the two funding streams. Additionally, the Global Office aims to provide a small amount of funding for new short-term (4-8 week) placements with new partners, for summer placements, and for Postgraduate Research students in ways that prioritise widening access to study and work abroad for those who may not otherwise participate. Individual calls for application to these will be launched through the academic year. 

What is Turing

The Turing Scheme is the UK government’s scheme to provide funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world. It provides UK higher education institutions with the ability to fund their students during study or work abroad experiences. 

Turing scheme aims include that participants develop new skills, gain vital international experience and boost their employability. They can also develop a wide range of soft skills, language skills and a better understanding of other cultures. The scheme also enables the University’s engagement activities with partners around the world. 

Turing Scheme objectives 

  • Global Britain – the Turing Scheme projects support high-quality placements, enhance existing partnerships and encourage the forging of new relationships across the world. 
  • Levelling up – Turing Scheme projects widen participation and support social mobility across the UK. They should help and promote equal access and opportunities to all students, learners and pupils regardless of background. 
  • Developing key skills – These projects offer unique, career-building opportunities. They give participants the hard and soft skills sought by employers, and bridge the gap between education and work. 
  • Value for UK taxpayers – These projects optimise social value in terms of potential costs, benefits and risks. 

 

  • Extra funding may be available for students from disadvantaged backgrounds or who meet UK government special education needs or disabilities criteria for additional support. Please see details below under Turing funding amounts, and contact us at studyabroad@st-andrews.ac.uk for more details. The University will apply for this uplift in funding on your behalf if you have indicated to us that you may be eligible.

Turing Funding Amount and Categories

Turing funding for 2021-2022 was provided for awarded participants based on destination countries and was designed as a contribution to the general cost of living. The following is an indication of the levels of funding that you may expect to be in place for 2022-2023. We will confirm amounts in due course.

Destination countries/territories are grouped into three categories: Group 1 (high cost of living), Group 2 (medium cost of living), Group 3 (lower cost of living). Grant rates are outlined below.

Please note that the full list of destination countries/territories within each group is available on the Turing Scheme website.

https://www.turing-scheme.org.uk/funding-opportunities/cost-of-living-groups/

Student placements of four to eight weeks will receive:

  • £545 per month (equal to £136.25 per week for Group 1 destinations)
  • £480 per month (equal to £120 per week for Group 2 and 3 destinations)

Student placements of nine weeks to 12 months will receive:

  • £380 per month (for Group 1 destinations)
  • £335 per month (for Group 2 and three destinations)

Additional support for participants from disadvantaged backgrounds

Additional support is available for Higher Education participants coming from a disadvantaged background if they meet certain criteria including household income and other definitions of disadvantaged status outlined by the UK government.

Criteria include:

Students with an annual household income of £25,000 or less

Students receiving Universal Credit or income-related benefits because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them, such as a child or partner.

Care leavers and students who are care-experienced. This refers to anyone who has been or is currently in care or from a looked after background at any stage of their life, no matter how short, including adopted children who were previously looked after or those who access the Care Experienced Bursary in Scotland.

Students who have caring responsibilities. Caring responsibilities refers to a child or young person up to the age of 25 who provides (unpaid) care or intends to provide care for another person in, or outside of, the family home for someone who is physically or mentally ill, disabled, or misusing drugs or alcohol.

Estranged Students where neither of the students’ parents can be found or it is not reasonably practicable to get in touch with either of them.

Refugees and asylum seekers

Participants meeting the disadvantaged background criteria on a higher education placement will receive an additional £110 per month to their cost of living grant.

As such, the total cost of living grant funding provided to students from disadvantaged backgrounds will be as follows: For placements of four to eight weeks:

  • £163.50 per week (to Group 1 countries/territories)
  • £147.50 per week (to Group 2 and 3 countries/territories)

For placements of nine weeks to 12 months:

  • £490 per month (to Group 1 countries/territories)
  • £445 per month (to Group 2 and 3 countries/territories)

For this group of participants, funding is also available towards the direct costs of travel for a placement. This will be dependent on distance between the host and destination provider and will support the cost of the round trip. All amounts available have been outlined below:

  • 10 to 99km: £20
  • 100 to 499km: £165
  • 500 to 1,999km: £250
  • 2,000 to 2,999km: £325 12
  • 3,000 to 3,999km: £480
  • 4,000 to 7,999km: £745
  • 8,000 to 12,000km: £905
  • 12,000km+: £1,360

Additional support for those with defined needs

For participants with specific educational support requirements, the Turing Scheme will also fund up to 100% of actual costs for support directly related to their additional needs and we invite participants to let us know of relevant costs where they relate to mitigations for needs outlined by the UK government as being eligible for this additional funding as listed below:

  • social/communication impairment such as Asperger's syndrome/other autistic spectrum disorder
  • blind or have a serious visual impairment uncorrected by glasses ´ deaf or have a serious hearing impairment
  • a long standing illness or health condition such as cancer, HIV, diabetes, chronic heart disease, or epilepsy
  • mental health condition, such as depression, schizophrenia or anxiety disorder
  • specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or AD(H)D 13
  • physical impairment or mobility issues, such as difficulty using limbs or using a wheelchair or crutches
  • disability, impairment or medical condition that is not listed above

Timeline and Necessary Documentation

  • The Global Office will send eligible students an award letter, which the students will need to read, sign and return in order to receive their funding.
  • Semester abroad students - Payment is 90% initially with a 10% balancing payment at the end of the placement
  • Year abroad students – Payment is 45% initially, with a further 45% at the start of semester two and a 10% balancing payment at the end of their placement.
  • After a student has received each payment, the Global Office will require receipts in the form of a Student Acknowledgment of Receipt of Grant form (SARG) which will be requested directly of the student.
  • A Certificate of Attendance to evidence dates spent on placements will also be required from students which the Global Office will send out for hosts to sign.
  • Exact dates will determine final payments, and it is hoped that in most cases, the 10% balancing payment can be used to absorb any adjustments down in funding due to earlier than expected end dates, although it is possible that should a placement end early the Global Office may need to request repayment of a proportional amount of the funding for onward repayment to the National Agency for the programme.

Once the signed award letter has been received, the Global Office will issue the first payment. Payments are usually made in the week after receiving the necessary award letter back from students, as long as bank details are up-to-date in MySaint.

Documentation

  • Pre-Departure Agreement
  • Award letter signed and returned
  • Student Acknowledgement of Receipt of Grant (SARG) - You will be required to return one for each grant payment and will be sent a personalised receipt once each payment is released to you. SARGs are due four weeks after receipt of each grant. We cannot make subsequent payments until you have receipted your grants. Please upload your SARGs to the Outbound Documentation Tool.
  • Certificate of Attendance - At most 5 weeks after your placement. Once signed by all parties, to be uploaded to the Outbound Documentation Tool.

Please note that any Turing Funding received by a student is not a loan – it is a grant administered by the University on behalf of the British Council who run the scheme for the UK government.

Extension Info

Extensions to periods that are initially identified in the award letter are not normally possible due to the parameters of the University’s funding award, but the Global Office will aim to add to periods in that letter if informed about them before it is initially signed. However, this cannot be guaranteed due to the limits of the award and the need to fund in line with scheme regulations.

Future of Turing

An announcement has recently been made to the effect that the Turing scheme will run for a further three years at least. The University is preparing an application which will be submitted in April 2022 and we expect to hear about the award in August 2022. We have invited applications to the Global Office from students and will communicate results directly in the summer. 

Erasmus+ students

Please see the relevant section of the documents pages for your required information and deadlines. Please contact us at outbound@st-andrews.ac.uk with any queries.

Erasmus+ 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 and 2022-2023 academic years, we will remain within the programme having extended our grant agreement to cover additional years and this will support exchanges across Europe. This is the case despite the UK government removal from the programme and despite the concurrent running of the Turing scheme. From 2022-2023 onwards, however, Erasmus+ grant funding for students will no longer be available for our main programme.

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 that 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 outbound@st-andrews.ac.uk  

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.

Visas

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.