February 2020 update
The UK has left the EU.
There is now a transition period until 31 December 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements. The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during this period.
All new rules will come into effect on 1 January 2021.
The UK and DMU remains a full participant in the Erasmus+ programme until 31st December 2020. Erasmus+ projects in the UK will continue to be funded by the European Commission as normal, even if activity takes place after 31st December 2020, and will run until their normal completion dates.
Friday 10 January 2020 update
DMU’s participation within the Erasmus+ programme for 2019-20 remains unaffected, and if the withdrawal bill is passed by the UK government and approved by the European Union it will also protect our participation for 2020-21.
On Wednesday 8 January 2020, the government voted to reject an amendment requiring the UK to negotiate participation in the Erasmus+ programme.
The rejection of the amendment does not mean an end to the Erasmus+ programme. The government remain open to participation in Erasmus+ and this will be part of future negotiations with the EU.
The rejection of the amendment suggests the government cannot commit to wanting full association, because details of the new Erasmus+ programme have not been finalised yet. No future associated programme country can start negotiations on accessing the programme before the content and the budget are finalised in Brussels. This is not specific to the UK and applies to all countries that have to negotiate access.
It is also unclear what the UK’s terms of association will be with the EU, and until those are clear, the UK again cannot commit to wanting to associate, because we don’t know yet what the terms/rules are and what we have to pay. It is likely that we won’t know if the UK is a part of the next Erasmus+ programme until the end of 2020.
In summary, our participation within the Erasmus+ programme for 2019-20 remains unaffected, and if the withdrawal bill is passed it will also protect our participation for 2020-21 as well. A Department for Education spokesperson said:
“The Government is committed to continuing the academic relationship between the UK and the EU, including through the next Erasmus+ programme if it is in our interests to do so. The vote last night does not change that. As we enter negotiations with the EU, we want to ensure that UK and European students can continue to benefit from each other’s world-leading education systems.”
Students overseas in the 2019-20:
DMU has now had confirmation on Erasmus+ funding for 2019-20 therefore there should be no impact on funding from 1 June 2019 until 31 September 2021.
DMU has agreements with its partner universities in Europe, and study exchanges should be able to continue in all scenarios. It is also unlikely that there will be any changes to visa or work permit regulations for students currently carrying out a traineeship. We will provide further information about this as soon as such information is available.
If you are a UK national, we advise you to check the expiry date of your passport. It is recommended that you should have at least six months left on your passport from the date of your arrival into the EU. Please see the Government web page for further information.
If you are an EU national, EU identity cards will remain valid for travel to the UK until a new UK immigration system is introduced in 2021.
If you are a non-EU national, the Brexit process will not affect your status, as you have already obtained all the required immigration documents.
Students planning on going overseas in the 2020-21:
Our participation in the Erasmus+ programme remains unaffected, and thus there will be no impact on funding for 2020-21 participants. Our recommendation is for students to make plans for study or traineeships in Europe as normal, and the University will update you if anything changes.
Where can I find further information?
The University is monitoring the situation closely and will provide you with relevant updates as and when we can. This page will be frequently updated, and any questions that are not answered here can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also find the latest Brexit updates on the UK Erasmus+ website.