Goodbye Erasmus, British students say goodbye to the mythical program of the European Union

British students say goodbye to the Erasmus program. After the Brexit agreement that takes effect next year. Neither they will be able to benefit from this educational exchange program, endowed with 300 billion euros per year, nor will European students be able to study a season in the United Kingdom.

Something that the EU’s chief negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier, regretted:

“That the ambition of citizens’ mobility falls short of our historical ties is a choice for the British Government.”

Erasmus is a network of universities and educational programs that allows almost 300 thousand young people to live, study and train in another country for 3 months or an academic year.

The British Government says it is putting in place a replacement plan of 110 million euros a year – called the Turing Plan – for 35,000 British students.

Vivienne Stern, UK Director of International Universities:

“Given the current circumstances and all the financial pressures on the government, it was not taken for granted that the government would put in place a big plan, generously funded, to support student exchange. So the message is: look, we didn’t get it. we wanted but this is not bad. We are going to make the most of the Turing plan and allow us to continue exchanging students. “

The Government of the Republic of Ireland has promised Northern Ireland students that they will retain access to Erasmus through existing agreements in both countries.

The regional governments of Scotland and Wales have expressed dismay at leaving Erasmus and experts warn that there will be a significant drop in the number of foreign students wanting to go to Britain.

Paul James Cantwell – Professor of Law, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow:

“The Erasmus funding mechanism will not be available to European students. Therefore, unless there is some other way to provide funding to them, be it from national or regional governments, it will not be easy to convince students to come study at UK universities in the future. “

The student exchange is one of the most precious achievements of the European Union. More than 30 years after its creation, Erasmus also includes many non-EU countries, but no longer the UK.