Turing Scheme : What is the Erasmus Replacement ?

The government has begun inviting applications for the Turing scheme, which will enable UK students to study in other countries.
The scheme is named after the mathematician Alan Turing, and replaces Erasmus, a European Union (EU) programme which UK students can no longer take part in.
The UK turned down an offer to continue participating in Erasmus after Brexit.
Universities minister Michelle Donelan said the Turing scheme would “enable up to 35,000 students throughout the UK to work or study across the globe”.
What is the Turing scheme?
The new scheme will provide funding “towards placements and exchanges” of students.
Universities and other organisations in the UK can apply for grants to help cover travel expenses and living costs as well as the administrative costs of running the scheme.
How is it different to Erasmus?
The Turing scheme will provide placements across the world.
Erasmus covers placements across the EU and some non-EU countries that pay to be part of the scheme.
Both schemes are open not only to university students but also those in vocational training, apprentices or those who are retraining through a college or school.
How much money is on offer?
The amount of money you get under Erasmus depends on where you are going and whether you are a student, apprentice, trainee or staff.
The Turing scheme will offer different amounts based on where you are going and for how long.
For example, a university student going to France for six months would get £335 (€390) per month under the Turing scheme, while the Erasmus scheme paid £317 (€370) per month in 2020-21.
UK students did not have to pay tuition fees when studying abroad under Erasmus because the scheme was reciprocal – it allowed EU students to come and study in the UK as well.
The Turing scheme will not pay tuition fees for UK students studying abroad or for students from other countries studying in the UK. Instead, it expects the fees to be waived by the universities that take part.

What help is there for disadvantaged students ?
Both schemes offer support.
Erasmus pays an additional £103 (€120) per month – a total of £420 (€490) per month for a poorer student going to France for six months in the current academic year.
The Turing scheme would pay £445 (€519) per month to the same student, but also contribute to travel costs (the amount will depend on how far the student is travelling).
It will also provide poorer applicants with additional expenses, such as the costs of visas, passports, and health insurance.
What about students with special needs or disabilities?
Again, both Erasmus and Turing offer support.
The Turing scheme website says that, unlike Erasmus, it will “cover preparatory visits to carry out risk assessments and ensure participants will be able to equally access and take part in all elements of a placement”.
Do any UK students still qualify for Erasmus?
Students at universities in Northern Ireland will be able to participate in either scheme, as part of an arrangement with the Irish government.
Students at universities in Great Britain will only be eligible for Turing.
Some UK students are still participating in Erasmus programmes using funding awarded before the end of 2020, which may allow them to continue until the end of the 2021-22 academic year, but no new funding will be available.
Will I need a visa?
Since Brexit, UK students have had to deal with immigration regulations in the EU.
UK nationals are only able to stay in an EU country for 90 out of every 180 days without a visa (except for Ireland, which will still have free movement with the UK).
The government has published guidance for UK nationals planning to study in the EU, and encourages students consider wider issues such as health and travel insurance.
You can find UK government advice on countries around the world here.
How many students benefited from Erasmus?
Although coronavirus is now affecting student mobility, figures from before the pandemic showed that about half of UK university students who studied abroad did so through Erasmus.
In 2017, 16,561 UK students participated in Erasmus, while 31,727 EU nationals came to the UK.
What do critics say?
The National Union of Students has said the government’s decision to replace Erasmus will “damage” the potential for many students to study abroad.

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2 responses to “Turing Scheme : What is the Erasmus Replacement ?”

  1. Mateusz Kaleta says:

    Mobility programs are extremely important. In my opinion, any form that contributes to scientific cooperation is extremely necessary. Due to the presence of many Poles in Great Britain, I believe that maintaining partnership cooperation in the field of higher education is necessary. The proposed program may significantly contribute to the replacement of the Erasmus + program (which, due to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU structures, could not be continued). Greetings from Poland 🙂

  2. Isabella Querci says:

    As also many Italians wish to spend some time learning in the UK, the Turing scheme comes as a piece of good news. Alan Touring is a very inspiring person in the history of research and love for science and discovery, he also played an important role in WWII. It is to be appreciated the choice of naming this scheme after him!

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