Students currently on an Erasmus+ course in the United Kingdom will be able to finish the programme after the Brexit deadline of March 29, according to the Erasmus+ website.
There has been a concern around the accessibility to the EU run student exchange programme if the UK leaves the EU at the end of this coming March 2019. Erasmus is currently open to all member states, countries whose applications to join the EU are under review and members of the European Economic Area. This means that British students potentially will no longer fit the requirements for Erasmus+ after Brexit. It also means that EU students may no longer be able to study at British universities.
“The #EUelections2019 are a great moment to reflect on what we want to get out of our joint European project,” tweeted João Pinto, President of The International Board of Erasmus Student Network. “For me, it is very clear: regardless of the model we choose to work and live together as Europeans, #ErasmusPlus must be safeguarded. I will vote for Erasmus.”
Applications for the 2019 Erasmus+ programme should be submitted through the usual method, according to a statement released by the UK government.
In the case of a no-deal Brexit, the UK government has made assurances that it will cover the costs of any applications that were approved by the European Commission in their Government Guarantee which was updated on February 6. The Guarantee lays out the steps that need to be taken if the UK wants to remain part of Erasmus+. This would involve the UK making a deal with the EU and remaining member states regarding their participation and making bilateral arrangements with individual partner organisations.
The transition period following Brexit means that EU citizens currently living in the UK will not lose their rights or status until June 30, 2021, if a deal is made between the UK and the EU, or until December 31, 2020, following a no-deal Brexit. This means that EU students will not need a visa to take part in Erasmus+ in the UK during this period.
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