Students and Erasmus+ alumni urged to join the #SaveStudyAbroad campaign!

Posted by mn251 at Feb 06, 2019 09:40 AM |
On 28 January 2019 the government issued a technical note on the future of the UK’s membership of the Erasmus+ programme in the case of a no-deal Brexit.

The good news is that students on current placements will be able to continue, and receive funding. The government has also said they would like to stay in the Erasmus+ programme if the EU will agree.

However, it is now clear that if in the event of a no-deal Brexit the UK government does not succeed in securing continued Erasmus+ membership, there will be no national alternative to enable students to go abroad. If we lose Erasmus+ there will be no study abroad scheme to replace it. We want the government to think again.

In 2017 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Erasmus+ we asked our students and staff to share their experiences of the Erasmus+ programme, and tell us about the positive and lasting impact it had on their lives. Read their stories.

Research shows that students who go abroad get better degrees and better jobs. Currently the Erasmus+ programme is responsible for around half of all study and work abroad programmes for UK students. If we lose access to it, we want a UK scheme to take its place. Otherwise more than 17,000 students a year students will miss out on opportunities they would have had through Erasmus+. Cutting this funding will disproportionately harm students from less privileged backgrounds.

Today (6 February) Universities UK International (UUKi) has launched the urgent #SupportStudyAbroad campaign to ask the government to think again. The aim of the campaign is to show the impact of studying and working abroad, the great experiences students have while away and the lifelong benefits provided by an international experience.

Get involved now. Visit: https://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/supportstudyabroad

Any students who are concerned about Erasmus and implication of any changes can contact our team: erasmus@le.ac.uk

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