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Students going overseas in the 2019/20 academic year:

I am a British national/international student on a placement overseas, how will Brexit affect me?

The Erasmus+ programme will remain unaffected as the UK enters into the anticipated transition period. There will be no impact on Erasmus+ funding in this current academic year (2019/20).

If you are a UK national, we advise you to check the expiry date of your passport – you should have at least six months left on your passport from the date of your arrival into the EU. Please also note that if you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed. 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 current placement status, as you have already obtained all the required immigration documents.

I am an EU/EEA/Swiss national student on a placement overseas, how will Brexit affect me? 

If you are an EU national currently on placement overseas you may have questions about returning to the UK for your final year. 

There is no change in your situation when you return for your final year in September 2020 as the UK will still be in the transition period up until 31 December 2020.

EU identity cards will remain valid for travel to the UK until 31 December 2020. In January 2021, a new UK immigration system will be introduced. You can also continue to enter the UK using e-gates when travelling on a biometrics passport. No further information on the new UK immigration system is available at present.

As you are a European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss national we would like to remind you about the EU Settlement Scheme which you will need to apply for if you wish to remain in the UK after we leave the European Union.
We have details about this scheme including information on how to apply and how it works on our webpage here.

If you require a letter to confirm that you are a student at the University, this can be requested from the Hub via MAP.

Our International Student Advice team are here to help give advice on your individual situation so if you have any questions, please get in touch on astoninternational@aston.ac.uk 

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 erasmus@aston.ac.uk

 

Students going overseas in the 2020/21 academic year:

I am currently in my second year of studies, hoping to go on placement to the EU in 2020/21:

The University has submitted the application for the Erasmus+ grants for the academic year 2020/21. The results will be confirmed in the summer, in line with standard timeframes.  We are optimistic that we will receive sufficient grants to support all Aston students wishing to undertake an Erasmus+ placement in 2020/21.

You can continue to make plans for your placement abroad as normal. However, we do not yet know what the immigration arrangements will be post-transition (31 December 2020). Whilst we do not think there will be issues around study placements, there may be restrictions around UK students wishing to undertake a work placement within the EU.

If you are a UK national, we advise you to check the expiry date of your passport – you should have at least six months left on your passport from the date of your arrival into the EU. Please also note that if you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed. Please see the Government web page for further information.

If you are a non-EU national, you will need to obtain all the required immigration documents, as normal.

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 erasmus@aston.ac.uk