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The UK has fully left the EU. New rules are now in effect.

The information here will help to guide you through the changes.

Disclaimer: the information provided on these webpages are intended to be informative. You should refer to the UK GOV Brexit Transition website for the most up to date information.

About the Erasmus+ Programme

Erasmus+ aims to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe. It is open to education, training, youth and sport organisations across all sectors of lifelong learning, including school education, further and higher education, adult education and the youth sector. It offers exciting opportunities for UK participants to study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad in Europe.

We, the UCL Study Abroad Team, apply for Erasmus+ funding, collate and record paperwork, process payments and report to our National Agency (the British Council) on behalf of UCL.

UCL Erasmus+ Mobility Projects

UCL is proud to have been granted in December 2013, participation rights within the Erasmus+ programme. This charter sets out a number of principles which participating organisations agree to uphold in operating the programme. You can learn more about the way UCL is implementing Erasmus+ by reading the Erasmus+ Charter for Higher Education and UCL's Erasmus+ Policy Statement. 

Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE)

UCL Erasmus+ Policy Statement


Erasmus+ and Brexit

The Erasmus+ programme runs in seven-year cycles in line with the EU’s seven year Multiannual Financial Frameworks. The UK participated in the Erasmus+ 2014-2020 programme as a member of the EU and during the transition period. The withdrawal agreement between the UK and the EU then secured all approved funding under the 2014-2020 Erasmus+ programme for the full duration of projects, or the run-down of funds, including where projects run beyond 2020 and the end of the transition period. UCL has extended the lifetime of its current Erasmus+ project to May 31, 2023. This means that UCL can continue to support students undertaking Erasmus+ activities during 2021-22 via use of our existing Erasmus+ funds.

The UK has decided not to participate in the new Erasmus+ 2021-2027 programme. The UK government instead announced, in December 2020, a new £110 million study and work abroad scheme – the Turing Scheme – named after British codebreaker and mathematician, Alan Turing. Through this scheme, UK universities, colleges and schools will be able to support 35,000 student work and study placements across the world in 2021-22, with additional support for disadvantaged students. For information on the Turing Scheme, you can visit our Turing webpages.

University College London has made an institutional application to the Turing Scheme for funding in 2021-22. Applications are currently being assessed and UK universities will receive the results of their applications in late summer 2021.

Students should be aware that Brexit, and the decision not to participate in the new Erasmus+ programme, may have an impact on the range of placements available for study and work in Europe in 2022/23 and beyond. The University cannot guarantee that all our existing European partners will continue to host UCL students and it is expected that some partnerships will change.

For student exchange to take place, an inter-institutional agreement must be negotiated with each of our partner institutions as the legal basis for exchange. We are working closely with our European partners to reiterate our commitment to exchange and to agree the terms and arrangements under which future exchange can continue beyond Erasmus+. This work is ongoing. An updated list of our European partners for 2022/23 will be confirmed when the UCL Study Abroad options guide is published in October 2021.  

To find out more about the UK and Erasmus+ please see the European Commission’s website here and the UK National Agency for Erasmus+ website here.