Britain will no longer participate in the Erasmus program

The British government will not participate in the Erasmus + exchange program: this is one of the outcomes of the agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union, which have defined the terms of Brexit. The agreement was reached on 24 December and the agreement will come into force on 1 January 2021 with the definitive exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union. During the press conference in which the agreements were briefed, the EU’s chief negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier, said that “the British government has decided not to participate in the Erasmus exchange program”.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said leaving Erasmus was “a difficult decision”. But he also said that it was a very expensive program and would be replaced by a new program called the “Turing Scheme”, named after mathematician Alan Turing. According to Johnson, the “Turing Scheme” will allow UK students to study not only in European universities, but also in the ‘best universities in the world’.

Erasmus + is the core program for young people in the European Union and provides exchange experiences and job opportunities by the European budget. In the last 30 years, namely, since it was born, Erasmus has covered around 9 million people and was financed with EUR 14.7 billion in the last multi-year EU budget.

In 2017, 16,561 British students participated in the Erasmus + program, while 31,727 EU citizens studied in the UK.

Last year there were many doubts about the condition of students studying in Britain and about 17,000 Brits in Europe. None of them will exit on 31 December. Fax on the Erasmus + website states that “UK beneficiaries can take advantage of the grants until they expire, even after 2020. As a result, until the projects are completed or until the funds expire Till then, other UK participants can continue their mobility with other Erasmus + countries ie EU member states, plus Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Turkey, Northern Macedonia and Serbia. ‘

It is not yet clear what will happen from 1 January: One of the possible outcomes for European students wishing to study in the UK will be that they will have to apply for a visa and pay university fees without a concession. However, it has not been ruled out that cooperation agreements can be found between universities. Much will depend on the conditions announced by the “Turing Scheme”, just as Boris Johnson announced.

University UK, an organization representing UK universities, has calculated that Irmas + membership is £ 243 million per year for the UK economy.

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