There are currently two possible scenarios for the participation of the UK in Erasmus+ until 2020, depending on Brexit negotiations and outcomes: 

Erasmus+ – Academic Year 2018/19

1. The UK and the EU reach a deal, which would enable the UK to stay in Erasmus+ until the end of the current programme in May 2020.

This would mean that there are no changes for students starting an Erasmus+ mobility after 29 March in the current academic year 2018/19.

2. The UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 without a deal.

The European Commission has put a proposal forward that would ensure that Erasmus+ participants who are currently abroad would be able to complete their placement without disruption in a no deal Brexit. The UK government has confirmed that it will underwrite those Erasmus+ grants until their completion of mobility.

If you are planning to start your placement after 29 March 2019, please contact chrissy.hadjipanteli@port.ac.uk  for further guidance.

Should the Brexit negotiation period be extended beyond 29 March 2019, the information above may be subject to change.

 

Erasmus+ – Academic Year 2019/20

1. The UK and the EU reach a deal, which would enable the UK to stay in Erasmus+ until the end of the current programme cycle in 2020/21.

This would mean that there are no changes to Erasmus+ in Academic Year 2019/20 and student mobility can go ahead without disruption.

2. The UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 without a deal.

Leaving the EU without a deal in March 2019 may have an impact on students planning to go abroad in Academic Year 2019/20. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, the government as well as the University are considering the potential impact and are taking actions to mitigate the risks.

 

Erasmus+ partnerships with European institutions

It is unclear if Erasmus+ inter-institutional agreements with European partner universities, which need to be in place to undertake a period of funded study abroad, would still be valid in a no-deal scenario. The University of Portsmouth is contacting partner institutions to develop measures to continue collaboration and exchanges in the case of a no-deal. We will make every possible effort to continue offering study abroad places at partner institutions for our degree programmes, especially for those that have an element of mandatory mobility.

 

Erasmus+ grants

The Government on 29 January 2019 published a new technical notice on Erasmus+ in the event of a no-deal.

The UK government will only provide funding to cover Erasmus + grants awarded after the date of Brexit if the European Commission agrees to enable the UK to remain in the programme and be eligible for funding.  Although not explicit, the implication is that there would be no UK government funding to replace Erasmus+ in a no deal scenario if the UK government is unsuccessful in negotiating access to the Erasmus+ programme.

The University of Portsmouth has therefore committed to guarantee funding for students planning to go abroad on an Erasmus+ placement for those placements that are a mandatory part of student courses until May 2020.

  

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