FAQs about Erasmus+ and Brexit

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The University of Sheffield highly values its partnerships with European universities and is committed to continuing our exchanges post-Brexit. As the UK has left the European Union with a negotiated deal, the UK will continue to participate in Erasmus during 2019/20.

Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK will remain a full participating Programme country in the Erasmus+ programme until the 31st December 2020. This means that the UK will be able to continue exchanges through Erasmus+ for the duration of the 2020/21 academic year.

Below are a few answers to frequently asked questions that you may find useful.

For general information about Brexit, refer to the University's central Brexit advice and support pages.


Information for students coming to the UK from other countries in the EU.

As a student from the EU, what documentation should I have if I leave the UK and then need to re-enter?

Until 01 January 2021, travel to and from the UK for EU/EEA citizens will not change, and you are able to travel freely in and out of the UK.

If you would feel more comfortable travelling with proof that you are currently studying in the UK, then you can obtain a Certificate of Student Status (Term Time Address) from SSiD. This states the dates you are studying in the UK and your current residence address.

Any students who initially entered the UK using a National Identity ID card should still be able to use this to re-enter the UK. You may wish to consider applying for a full passport instead of the identity card though, to ensure you do not encounter any issues at immigration.

See the full advice currently available from the UK government

Will I still be eligible to receive the Erasmus+ grant after the UK has exited the EU?

On 19 March 2019 the European Commission adopted a Contingency Regulation to avoid disruption for those currently on a or due to be on a mobility at the point of the UK’s exit from Europe.

This means any students who are already undertaking a mobility at this point should not be affected by Brexit. They will be able to continue with their mobility until the planned end date and receive any agreed funding from their home university.

Will I have to pay fees for my study period at the University of Sheffield?

The University of Sheffield is committed to continuing exchanges with our European partners, no matter what effects Brexit may have. We will continue with to host inbound exchange students with waived tuition fees.

If there is a change in the future to tuition fees for exchange students, this will be communicated to partner universities and exchange students as soon as possible.

Will I be able to apply for a place to study at the University of Sheffield during the 2020/21 academic year?

The University of Sheffield should be able to continue with European exchanges as normal in the 2020/21 academic year, under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement.

The application cycle for 2020/21 will open on 01 March as normal, and we look forward to welcoming exchange students in the next academic year.

Your home Erasmus+ coordinator will also be able to answer some questions about Sheffield.


Information for students going from the University of Sheffield to another university in the EU.

Will I still be able to go abroad under the Erasmus+ programme during 2020/21?

Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK will remain a full participating Programme country in the Erasmus+ programme until the 31st December 2020. This means that the UK will be able to continue exchanges through Erasmus+ for the duration of the 2020/21 academic year.

As long as the University of Sheffield has an active grant agreement with the European Commission, students studying or working abroad as part of their studies will be able to receive funding as normal.

Does my nationality affect whether I am eligible for the Erasmus+ grant?

A student’s eligibility for the grant is dependant on the country the sending institution is in, rather than an individual’s nationality.

This means that if the UK has to leave the Erasmus+ programme, no students at UK universities would be eligible for the Erasmus+ grant, regardless of their individual nationality.

Will I be eligible to receive any funding for my period abroad?

Students who are normally eligible for funding from Student Finance, either a tuition loan, or a maintenance loan, or both, will still be eligible to receive these for a period abroad in 2020/21.

Students who normally eligible for the Sheffield Bursary scheme would still be eligible to receive this during a period abroad in 2020/21.

Sheffield Students are also eligible to apply for Financial Support whilst they are abroad if they encounter unexpected financial hardship due to unforeseen circumstances.

As ever, we strongly recommend that students plan their budget before they go abroad to ensure they will have sufficient funds. Use our money tools to help you with your budgeting.

I am currently abroad - is there anything I need to do concerning my immigration status?

For any students who are currently abroad, we advise that you check the FCO webpage for your host country for the most up to date information.

You should also check the Embassy website of your host country for any specific rules that may apply to you in that country.

You should also check the Government 'Living in' guides for more specific advice about your host country.

For any students who are currently on work placements, we recommend that you check the above webpages regularly in case there are changes to the laws, and if you need to apply for a visa for the remainder of your period abroad.

What happens if I am abroad at the end of the transition period: will I have to pay any tuition fees to my host University?

For any students who are studying abroad at at the time of transition period, or afterwards, we do not expect there to be any change to your tuition fee status for that academic year year.

If you are requested to pay fees by your host university, then contact Global Opportunities & Exchanges immediately so we can contact the partner university.

At the end of transition period, will I need to get a new or different kind of travel insurance, or will the University policy still cover me?

The University of Sheffield travel insurance team have confirmed that any current and future insurance policies for students studying or working in the EU will remain valid, and students do not need to take out additional policies. For full details, refer to the Insurance page.

Any students who have not yet taken out a University insurance policy, and are currently abroad, must do so as soon as possible.

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) remains valid for the transition period, which is until 31 December 2020. Whether the EHIC remains valid beyond then is subject to the negotiations between the UK and the EU.

The NHS has country guides to healthcare in other countries inside the European Economic Area (EEA).

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