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Brexit: will Erasmus study scheme for Britons continue?

Every other day, we share a reader question from our Brexit and Britons in France Help Guide. Get your copy of the guide via the link at the end of this article. 

My granddaughter has just started a modern languages degree at university in the UK and part of her course is meant to include the chance of a study period in France linked to the Erasmus scheme. Have any assurances been given that students will be able to participate in this still despite Brexit?

The right for Britons to participate in Erasmus is guaranteed at present, as long as the placement they are doing was subject to a successful bid for funding during the transition period. As language students typically take part in Erasmus study in French universities or work placements in French businesses in their third year of study your granddaughter may unfortunately miss out.

It would be best for her to check directly with the university as to when it puts in the funding applications for the year when she would expect to be abroad. The Department for Edu­cation (DfE) said a ‘successful’ bid refers to bids approved by the EU Commission, which will not be possible after the Brexit transition period unless the EU and UK negotiate an arrangement for the UK to remain in the scheme.

The DfE said however that the UK values international exchange in education and wants to explore possible options to continue in some form. Usually, full participation in the Erasmus+ programme is limited to EU countries and a handful of others (certain candidates for EU membership or members of the wider EEA).

Institutions in other partner countries may take part but only at the initiative of one of the full participants. Also, some elements, including work placements, are not available.

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Get our Brexit and Britons in France 2020 Help Guide 

In our comprehensive help guide, you'll find information on what Brexit means for British residents, second homeowners and visitors in France - now and after December 31, 2020. Recently updated following on from the delay of the new residence card website for Britons (now set to launch in October), this 64-page handbook outlines what you need to do as Britain leaves the EU. We answer your questions on whether second homeowners can spend more than 90 days in France after Brexit, would you be better covered for healthcare by becoming French, future guidance on pet vaccinations and more.

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