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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 following applies to Home (UK), EU and International students.

If a Withdrawal deal is agreed, Erasmus+ will remain unaffected until the end of the programme and there should be no impact on Erasmus+ funding in this current academic year (2019/20).

In the instance of a no-deal, a number of contingencies have been put in place to ensure there should be no impact on Erasmus+ funding: 

  1. The European Commission has voted and agreed on measures to avoid disruption by recommending to the European Parliament that students who have started their Erasmus+ placements before the exit date be allowed to complete;
  2. The UK Government is committed to providing alternative Erasmus+ funding, for placements which start after the Exit date.

Aston has agreements with its European university partners so study abroad exchanges can continue even in the instance of a no deal. There may be implications for visas and work permits depending on which country you are currently in. Whilst the European Commission has proposed that UK nationals can travel visa-free to the EU for short stays (i.e. stays of up to 90 days in a 180-day period), we do not yet know how the European Commission and member states intend to apply immigration regulations to UK citizens intending to undertake work/study opportunities as part of their studies. 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 – you must have at least six months left on your passport from the date of your arrival into the EU, to avoid any disruption in the instance of a no deal. Please see the Government web page for further information. Whilst the European Commission has proposed that UK nationals can travel visa-free to the EU for short stays (i.e. stays of up to 90 days in a 180-day period), we do not yet know if/how this applies to students on Erasmus+ mobility.  We will provide further information about this as soon as such information is available.

If you are an EU national, the UK Government has stated that in the event the UK exits the EU without a Withdrawal agreement, 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.

We are monitoring the situation closely and will provide you with relevant updates as and when we can; however please see this commitment as reassurance to continue making plans for your time abroad as normal.

The Government has provided advice for students who will be studying part of their course in the EU after Brexit. Please visit the advice page for information on rules for living in the place you want to study and healthcare advice for UK nationals.

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. The UK Government has stated that in the event the UK exits the EU without a Withdrawal agreement, EU identity cards will remain valid for travel to the UK until a new UK immigration system is introduced in 2021.

The UK government have currently made provisions for both students who will need to complete their studies in the UK, and for those who wish to remain permanently in the UK, however, the details of the schemes will depend on the outcome of Brexit.

If you need to complete your studies in the UK then we will update you on the European Temporary Leave to Remain scheme once the final Brexit decision have been made.

If you are thinking about staying in the UK permanently, then please contact our International Student Advisers for details of the EU Settlement Scheme you can apply for - astoninternational@aston.ac.uk

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

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:

If a Withdrawal deal is agreed, Erasmus+ will remain unaffected until the end of the programme and there should be no impact on 2020/21 placement funding. If a Withdrawal deal is not agreed, funding may not be guaranteed for 2020/21 placements. 

Aston has agreements with its European university partners so study abroad exchanges can continue even if the UK is no longer participating in Erasmus+.

You can continue to make plans for your placement abroad 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 erasmus@aston.ac.uk