After BREXIT: what impact for students and Erasmus+ projects?

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Since the UK's decision to leave the European Union, many changes have taken place, particularly at university level.
A Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom was signed on 30 December 2020 and since 1 January 2021, this agreement determines the rules applicable to relations between the United Kingdom and the European Union in a number of areas.
Erasmus + is not included among the EU programmes listed in the agreement.

The consequences of Brexit on the Erasmus+ programme

For all projects and grant agreements under the Erasmus+ 2014-2020 programme, the UK remains a participating country in the programme, subject to the conditions of movement applicable from 1 January 2021.

The UK continues to participate in the Erasmus+ 2014-2020 programme until the end of the programme and AMU has been granted an extension to its mobility contract until September 2022.

Students going to the UK for a study period will therefore be eligible for an Erasmus grant for the academic year 2021-2022 (until September 2022)

Erasmus + (2021-2027): As of the 2021 call for proposals, the UK is no longer a participating country in the programme. The possible participation of the United Kingdom in certain cooperation actions of the programme is under negotiation.

The UK will still be able to participate in H2020 projects as an associated partner.

Administrative and social protection procedures for a stay in the United Kingdom

Since 1 January 2021, the British government has introduced a new migration regime. The formalities to be completed by students depend on the date of entry into the UK and the duration of the mobility. In addition, students are advised to be aware of the new social security requirements in the UK.

For more information, please consult the Post-Brexit FAQ.


Aix-Marseille University's strategy with the UK

Aix-Marseille University has been collaborating with the UK for many years, both in terms of student mobility and research. Despite the Brexit, AMU is developing a strategy aimed at maintaining but also actively strengthening the relations it has with British institutions through new partnership contracts. Negotiations with these new institutions will begin in the coming months.