Brexit update: current and future exchange students

Information for students currently on exchange and for those intending to go on exchange in 2019/20 and beyond.

Edinburgh Napier students going on exchange in Europe in Academic Year 2019/20 and beyond

Whilst the UK remains a member of the EU, the University also retains its participation in the Erasmus+ scheme and exchanges will continue as they currently do.

In the event of the UK leaving the EU with a deal prior to students commencing an Erasmus Exchange:

  • It is anticipated that the UK will retain membership in the Erasmsus+ programme until the end of the EU funding cycle (end of 2020/21 academic year). It is also anticipated that the UK will seek continued membership of any successor programme to the Erasmus+ programme as part of its negotiations during any transitional/implementation phase. It is therefore expected that current Erasmus exchanges will continue as expected.

In the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal prior to students commencing an Erasmus Exchange:

  • In the event of a no-deal Brexit UK institutions are unlikely to remain members of the Erasmus+ scheme. At Edinburgh Napier we would then seek to agree a broad range of bilateral agreements with our EU partners to ensure we still provide a range of exchange opportunities for outgoing and incoming students.
  • The UK Treasury has agreed to underwrite Erasmus+ mobility funding which has already been approved by the Erasmus National Body. The University has submitted its 2019/20 funding request but has not at this point received any notification of the outcome.
  • In recognition of the importance of supporting international experiences, and in providing students with certainty as they make decisions about their higher education options, Edinburgh Napier University is pleased to provide further assurances that any students undertaking an exchange in Academic Year 2019/20 with one of our current Erasmus+ partners, will, in the event of the UK no longer being a member of the Erasmus+ scheme, be eligible to receive an Edinburgh Napier-funded student mobility grant broadly equivalent to that offered under the Erasmus+ framework. This would include both EU study mobility and traineeships, pursuant to individual programme requirements and eligibility.
  • The above financial commitment from the University also extends to any Edinburgh Napier student on an undergraduate programme with a compulsory study abroad element* undertaking an exchange in 2020/21 and 2021/22 to one of our current Erasmus+ partners.

* Languages, International Business Management, Digital Media & Interaction Design Global, Creative Computing Global.

All UK students intending on going on exchange are encouraged to ensure they have a valid passport with more than six months' validity left on it to ensure that they will be able to enter EU countries after the UK leaves the EU.

Please contact the Global Mobility team for up-to-date information on this at studyabroad@napier.ac.uk

Edinburgh Napier students currently on exchange in Europe in Academic Year 2018/19

Whilst the UK remains a member of the EU, the University also retains its participation in the Erasmus+ scheme and exchanges will continue as they currently do.

We have contacted all our students currently on exchange to reassure them that we and our EU partner institutions are committed to ensuring that their exchanges will continue regardless of whether the UK leaves the EU with our without a deal prior to their exchange ending.

UK nationals on exchange will be able to access immigration advice related to their status in the country they are studying from their host institution.

The University’s travel insurance will continue to provide cover for students (provided they have completed the pre-exchange risk assessment form) as at present. However, in the event of a no-deal scenario, students' EHIC cards are likely to become invalid and therefore students should consider whether they require additional insurance, particularly if considering travelling in Europe after the end of their exchange.

Current Edinburgh Napier students who are on exchange and are a national of the EU27 states should also be reassured that they will be able to re-enter the UK and continue with their studies as expected.

Please contact the Global Mobility team for up-to-date information on this at studyabroad@napier.ac.uk

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