The UK will no longer be taking part in the Europe-wide Erasmus+ scheme. Following the UK’s departure from the European Union after Brexit, there’s a new programme being introduced called the Turing scheme. We’ve rounded up some of the key facts on the new scheme to help you understand what it means for UK and international students.

What is the Erasmus Turing scheme?

The new Turing scheme is offering UK students the chance to study across the globe. UK institutions will be asked to bid to join the Turing scheme in 2021 with successful applicants receiving funding for administering the scheme and students receiving grants to help cover the costs of studying abroad. With a budget of £100m, the Department of Education is confident it can support around 35,000 students to go on overseas exchanges.

What are the differences between the Erasmus Turing Scheme and the Erasmus program?

The key difference is the Erasmus program was limited to European destinations for UK students. The Turing scheme will provide placements across the world, and is now the only one available to UK students. Both schemes are open to university students but also those in vocational training, apprentices or students retraining through a college or school.

How does the Erasmus Turing scheme work?

Educational organisations can provide students, learners and pupils with the chance to develop new skills, gain vital international experience and ultimately boost their employability. The Turing scheme offers funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world.

 How do I get an Erasmus scholarship?

If you’re worried about how you’ll afford to do the Turing program, there’s opportunities to secure funding, grants and an Erasmus scholarship through your university. It’s important to demonstrate that you’re a confident, hard-working and high-achieving student before you apply for funding as this will really help your chances in securing an Erasmus program scholarship. Be sure to do your research and speak to your course leaders about how to stand out in your application.

When will the Erasmus Turing scheme start?

The proposed Turing scheme to replace the Erasmus+ programme for the UK will start in September 2021. At the moment, most of the information around the scheme and how to apply still lives under the Erasmus+ name on the European Commission website. However, we recommend your first port of call be the international students office in your university.

Which countries is the Erasmus Turing Scheme active in?

Unlike the Erasmus program, where students could only exchange with participating nations, the Turing scheme allows students to go to any country, with any non-UK higher education provider, or non-UK organisation. This makes the scheme more accessible even if you don’t feel you have language skills or overseas experience.

What are the other implications of Brexit on international students?

Right now, it’s still unclear on the long-term effects Brexit will have on international students. The immediate impact on international, non-European students is likely to remain unchanged. For British students starting their studies in the EU in 2020, there will likely not be any immediate changes. However, it’s likely that tuition fees for EU citizens studying in the UK will rise. Fortunately, one area unlikely to be impacted by Brexit is the student accommodation sector.

Erasmus accommodation

When you’re looking for Erasmus accommodation, it’s worth noting that Collegiate offers first class student residence that boasts all the amenities you could need in Spain and Portugal. Alternatively, there’s a host of dedicated sites to help you find the right space in your new location.

If you’re getting ready for university to begin, be sure to check out our exceptional student accommodation. Our on-site teams are ready and waiting to give you a warm welcome to your new space and help you every step of the way to get to know whatever great city you’ll be studying in. It’s all part of our commitment to providing you with the best student experience we can.