Erasmus+ Brexit FAQs

This page provides practical advice for UCL students currently undertaking an Erasmus+ placement.


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.

What will happen to my Erasmus+ grant now that we have left the EU?

The withdrawal agreement secures the UK's continued participation in the Erasmus+ programme for approved projects and therefore there will be no changes to your grant eligibility for those abroad in the 2020/21 academic year.

What if things change while I am abroad?

Given the UK has left the EU with a withdrawal agreement, we do not expect that there will be unannounced changes during your placement abroad.

In the event of a major change to your immigration or eligibility for Erasmus+ funding whilst you are abroad, we will endeavour to notify you as soon as we become aware of the change. We will also seek assistance and advice from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Home Office and the British Council in order to minimise the impact on your studies. 

I am hoping to take an optional year abroad in 2021-22 or beyond; what will my options be for studying in Europe?

Th options guide on the Study Abroad website has been updated to confirm options for the 2021/22 academic year.

Will I still have the option to work on my year abroad? (SELCS and BASc only)

Work placements are currently available as a year abroad option both inside and outside the Erasmus+ programme. We do not expect this to change, however will update this page with any new information as it develops.

Will the UK’s exit from the EU affect the places I can go on my year abroad?

UCL is committed to maintaining strong and lasting partnerships with institutions in Europe, and will continue to work to ensure that our students have access to as wide and as varied a range of opportunities as possible.

Will I need a visa to do my placement in Europe?

You should howveer keep up to date via the GOV.UK Living In Country Guides website.

Further information for EU students is available on FAQs for EU students.

Please also check the Universities UK website for the latest updates. 

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Study Abroad team using the askUCL student enquiry system. 

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