The post-Brexit future of international student mobility has become much clearer this week as the UK government unveiled its future international education plans. The new Turing Scheme has been announced as the replacement scheme for the EU's successful Erasmus programme.
Similar to Erasmus, the new scheme will be open to universities to bid for funding to support their students to study abroad.
Time will tell whether the scheme will be as sucessful as Erasmus but an initial look at the plans shows that in many ways the new scheme will be an improvement.
Firstly, the Turning Scheme will be accessible to a broader range of students. It will cover not only university students, but also students studying at secondary schools and further education colleges and it will be available to educational institutions in the UK and British Overseas Territories.
Secondly, one of the key benefits is likely to be the fact that opportunities will be available to international students (as well as UK students) studying at UK institutions. In the case of universities, this means that UK and international students could benefit from 4-12 months studying or working in different countries as part of their degree.
The Turing Scheme will cover a range of costs for students including living and travel expenses (further details can be found on the Turing Scheme website) and the scheme is expected to support the first students from academic year 2021/22.
We will be following developments around the Turing Scheme, along with other initives under the government's International Education Strategy with interest.
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