How will Brexit impact the Erasmus+ programme?

The Withdrawal Agreement entered into force on 1 February 2020 and has legal effect under international law. The Union will fully respect its obligation in relation to this Agreement.

This applies notably to Art 138 of the Withdrawal Agreement that provides, in respect of the Union programmes and activities committed under the MFF 2014-2020 or previous financial perspectives, that applicable Union laws shall continue to apply to the United Kingdom after the 31 December 2020 until the closure of these Union programmes and activities.

On the basis of this article and other provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement, this means UK-based legal entities continue to be fully eligible to participate and receive funding under the current 2014-2020 EU programmes, including Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps, as if the UK were a member state, until the completion of these programmes.

Erasmus+ learning mobility activities

Can UK students still undertake mobility in Erasmus+ programme countries?

UK beneficiaries can continue to take part in grants awarded under the current MFF until their end date, even if it is after 2020. Consequently UK students and other participants can continue to undertake mobility to other Erasmus+ programme countries, i.e. EU Member States, plus Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Turkey, North Macedonia and Serbia, until the projects finish or until the funds have been exhausted.

Can students from Erasmus+ programme countries still undertake mobility in the UK?

Yes, the conclusion of the Withdrawal Agreement means that higher education institutions and other bodies from programme countries other than the UK can continue to send their students and staff on Erasmus+ mobilities to the UK with funds from the 2019 and 2020 Calls, until the projects finish or until the funds have been exhausted.

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