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UK leaves EU’s Erasmus programme

The United Kingdom will no longer participate in the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme after Brexit, negotiator Michel Barnier announced on Thursday. 

During the press conference announcing that the UK and the EU reached a Brexit trade agreement, Barnier said that he “regretted” that “the British government chose to no longer participate in the Erasmus exchange programme.” 

When the possibility of the UK dropping out of the programme arose in March, universities stated that it would effectively “blow a hole” in the education sector. 

According to the European Commission, the programme – which makes it easier for students to study abroad – has a budget of €14.7 billion, and gives over 4 million students chances to study or train abroad. 

Earlier this month, Barnier had already told the European Parliament that the two sides were not able to reach an agreement on the UK’s continued participation in the scheme. 

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3 responses to “UK leaves EU’s Erasmus programme”

  1. Isabella Querci says:

    That’s very interesting, thank you Stefano!

  2. Felicetta Ripa says:

    The students of the University of Tuscia as well students from all over Italy regard to Brexit as a great defeat because since the birth of the Socrates/Erasmus programme the UK has always been their favorite destination together with Spain, Every day they express their disappointment for this decision taken by the UK. As for the British partners of the University of Tuscia we are happy to say that an extension of the 2020/2021 Erasmus Programme has been agreed so as to allows students and staff from and to UK to be allowed to cross borders until May 2022.

  3. Krystian Chołaszczyński says:

    It is also a difficult topic for Poland.
    Poland has been part of the uniting Europe since 2004. Due to its communist past, Poland was then a much poorer country. Over a million Poles decided to migrate economically. Mainly to Great Britain. The Polish diasporas in Great Britain are very large and strong.
    Thanks to the Erasmus + program and the activities of the Polish government, many Polish universities entered into various partnerships with Polish institutions in the UK. For example, with Polish libraries or Polish schools operating in the UK.
    Students from Poland have always appreciated the possibility of internships in Great Britain, especially in Polish schools. Nothing teaches patriotism more than the possibility of teaching Polish to the youngest Poles living in the UK. Many Polish children have never seen their homeland.
    It is a pity that this possibility no longer exists.

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