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Cardiff students planning to go on Erasmus+ placements during the academic year 2020/21

This information is for current Cardiff University students who are planning to study or work abroad through Erasmus+ during the academic year 2020/21.

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

In the case of a no deal Brexit, the UK government has indicated that it will engage with the European Commission with the aim of securing the UK’s continued full participation in Erasmus+ until 2020. In case this is not possible, Cardiff University is also working with our European partners to enable, as far as we reasonably can, study abroad and traineeship opportunities to continue outside of the Erasmus+ programme, if necessary.

Visas

Discussions are ongoing with EU member states in relation to UK citizens' rights in the EU in 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.

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

In the event of a no deal, the rules for travelling to countries within the EU will change. It has been advised that you should have at least six months’ validity remaining on your passport when you travel. Please consult the Government’s guidance about passport rules and use the online passport tool to check that your passport is valid for travel.

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.

Grant funding

There is currently no guarantee that the UK government will commit to funding Erasmus+ activities in 2020/21, in the event of a no-deal Brexit. However, Cardiff University has agreed to underwrite funding for students taking part in European study and work placements during 2020/21 should the UK no longer be able to access the Erasmus+ programme.

Should the Cardiff University underwrite be required, funding will be as follows where placements take place in Erasmus+ participating countries.

Study abroad
Up to €370 per month for all countries plus additional €120 per month for students in receipt of the Cardiff Bursary.

Work abroad/traineeships
Up to €470 per month for all countries  plus additional €20 per month for students in receipt of the Cardiff Bursary.

Students going abroad for a full academic year will be eligible to receive a maximum of 9 months grant funding, and students going for a semester, a maximum of 4.5 months.

If the UK continues to be part of the Erasmus+ programme, funding rates for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed.

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.

If the UK leaves the EU under the terms of the current Withdrawal Agreement, you will be able to study abroad through the Erasmus+ programme as normal during 2020/21.

Visas

Under the terms of the current Withdrawal Agreement, we understand that students in UK-based organisations will be able to continue to participate in Erasmus+ exchanges and placements after the EU exit date until the end of the current Erasmus+ programme. We will update you when the position is clarified.

Grant funding

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

Contact

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

Erasmus+ Office