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Royal Holloway's commitment to Year Abroad in event of a no-deal Brexit

  • Date14 March 2019

“It is wonderful to be able to reassure students with an integrated year abroad about the future of funding for year abroad in the event of a no-deal Brexit."

Year abroad, Holly Parish, Siena, Italy - Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Siena, Italy, by Year Abroad student Holly Parish

Currently, the UK’s future participation in Erasmus+ is uncertain, due to continuing Brexit negotiations.

In the event that the UK leaves the EU with a deal in place, the UK will participate in Erasmus+ as normal until the end of the current cycle in 2020 and EU funding for UK Erasmus+ participants will be unaffected.

However, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it is unlikely that the government will subsidise the loss of Erasmus+ funding.

Following the latest Department for Education Technical Notice on Erasmus+, we, as a College, have made the decision that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, we will commit to providing students with a subsidy equivalent to current Erasmus+ funding for all students taking a year abroad in Europe as either a mandatory or optional element of their degree programme (where this would have previously been funded by the Erasmus+ scheme). This commitment will apply to applicants for 2019 and 2020 entry, as well as our current second years going abroad in 2019/20 and to first years going abroad in 2020/21.

This commitment also means there will be no change to financial support for students who are currently overseas on an Erasmus+ placement or are considering applying to participate in the Erasmus+ scheme during their degree.

Professor Sarah Wright, Head of School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures commented: “It is wonderful to be able to reassure students with an integrated year abroad about the future of funding for year abroad in the event of a no-deal Brexit. As a School we believe passionately in the benefits of a year abroad and I am delighted that we are able to continue to support this opportunity for those who choose to take it.”

Find out more about our commitment to providing students with a subsidy equivalent to current Erasmus+ funding in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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