Erasmus+ Brexit FAQs

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

The information provided on our website is being updated on a regular basis and provides the best information that is available to our knowledge

The UK formally left the EU on January 31st, under the terms of a withdrawal agreement.

The United Kingdom and European Union will now operate within the transition period, during which there will not be many changes. As the UK has left the EU with a withdrawal agreement in place, the United Kingdom continues to participate fully in the Erasmus+ programme and the Solidarity Corps and the United Kingdom continues to be eligible under the Erasmus+ programme and the Solidarity Corps.

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 2020.

The UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus+ scheme past 2020 will depend on the terms of the future relationship negotiations.

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 2020-21 or beyond; what will my options be for studying in Europe?

As we do each year, a list of available options for Study Abroad will be published during the Autumn Term in the year before your placement is due to take place. This list will reflect any changes, to our selection of partnerships. The Study Abroad team is currently liaising with UCL Erasmus partners to seek, where possible, interest and reassurance for a continuation of future collaborations.

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 changge, 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, even in the event that the UK no longer participates in the Erasmus+ programme in future.

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

During the transition period, rules on free movement and immigration do not change. You should howveer keep up to date via the GOV.UK Living In Country Guides website.

Students who currently require a visa to study in the UK will still need to apply for a visa to study in another EU country.

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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