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Cardiff students on Erasmus+ placements during the 2019/20 academic year

Information for Cardiff University students studying and working abroad through Erasmus+.

The guidance will be reviewed regularly and updated as appropriate. You are advised to check this page regularly for further updates.

Erasmus+ grants

The EU Contingency Measure for Erasmus+ ensures that Erasmus+ participants who are abroad at the point of exit are able to complete their placements without interruption, and in receipt of their Erasmus+ grant.

For those placements starting after the exit date, the UK Government has agreed to underwrite current Erasmus+ grant funding for students on placements during the 2019/20 academic year.

Completing documentation

Unless advised otherwise, you must still complete all of the Erasmus+ documentation. Please contact the Erasmus+ Office urgently if you encounter any problems with obtaining signatures.

Visas

Discussions are ongoing with EU member states in relation to UK citizens' rights in the EU the event of a no deal. We will update you when the position is clarified. In the meantime, you are advised to keep up-to-date with official immigration advice and follow any advice from your host university/organisation.

If you are an Irish citizen, you will be able to continue to work and/or study in the UK or the EU as normal even in the event of a no deal Brexit.

Passports

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises that you should have at least six months' validity remaining on your passport from your date of travel.

EU students who are currently abroad on placements

EU students studying at Cardiff University who are currently abroad on placements will be able to return to the UK at the end of their placement.

Travel advice

The UK government has provided essential information for UK nationals travelling to the EU. Please also sign up for FCO email alerts and check the Living in Country guides for your host country.

Healthcare

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, access to healthcare for British nationals in the country that you will be going to will change. This also means that your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) may cease to be valid.

The UK government is currently seeking agreements with EU countries on healthcare arrangements for UK nationals after the date of exit, although at the time of writing, nothing has been confirmed. Should the EHIC cease to be valid, the only effect would be that the £25 deductible for medical expenses would not be waived. Cardiff University’s insurance will continue to cover you even in the event of a ‘no-deal’.

For further information on healthcare abroad, please check essential information for UK nationals travelling to the EU.

Roaming charges

You may no longer have access to free mobile roaming within the EU in the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario. Please check with your mobile phone provider before you go abroad and know how to turn off data roaming to avoid any unnecessary charges. The Government's information on visiting Europe after Brexit includes information about mobile roaming.

Driving in the EU

If you intend to drive in the EU you may need additional documentation. Please contact your insurance provider and consult the Government's information on visiting Europe after Brexit.

Erasmus+ grants

The UK Government has confirmed that if the UK leaves the EU with a Withdrawal Agreement in place, the UK will participate in the current cycle of Erasmus+ until it finishes at the end of 2020. EU funding for UK participants and projects will be unaffected for the entire lifetime of projects, including those that extend beyond 2020.

Completing documentation

You must continue to complete your Erasmus+ documentation as normal, in order to receive your grant.

Visas

Under the terms of the current Withdrawal Agreement, travel to the EU will not be restricted and shall remain the same until at least 31 December 2020. You will not need to apply for a visa to travel, work or study in the EU until after 31 December 2020.

Passports

For Cardiff students arriving in their placement country after the EU exit date, you may wish to follow the advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and ensure you have at least six months' validity remaining on your passport from your date of arrival.

EU students who are currently abroad on placements

Under the terms of the current Withdrawal Agreement, you will be able to return to the UK and continue your studies with us. We would however advise that you carry with you your proof of enrolment letter to confirm the details of your course at Cardiff University. Sign in to your SIMS online account for a copy of your enrolment letter.

Once back in the UK, you are advised to check this page again, in case there is any further action you need to take.

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact us for further advice.

Erasmus+ Office