Erasmus+ Brexit Guidance

January 2021 update

The UK has left the EU.

Following negotiations with the EU, the UK has decided not to participate in the Erasmus exchange programme moving forward. Although new rules on trade, travel and business for the UK and the EU came into effect on 1 January 2021, DMU remains a full participant of the Erasmus+ programme until September 2022.

Students overseas in the 2020-21 academic year:

Our participation in the Erasmus+ programme remains unaffected, and thus there will be no impact on funding for 2020-21 participants despite the UK deciding not to participate in future Erasmus+ programmes.

DMU students who are currently participating in an Erasmus+ mobility will be unaffected and will continue to receive funding for the entire period of study or traineeship.

  • Students will now be subject to new immigration regulations which state that UK nationals will not be able to stay in the EU visa free for more than 90 days in any 180-day period. DMU students currently participating in an Erasmus+ mobility should consult the FCO guidance linked below for your host country to ensure compliance with any immigration regulations.
  • Students who began their mobility before 31 December 2020 will need to apply for a new EHIC which will provide medically necessary healthcare until the end of the mobility period. After January 2021, this will only be valid in the host country. Further guidance about EHICs for UK nationals and EU nationals living in the UK can be found here.
  • UK students beginning a mobility after 31 December 2020 will not be eligible for an EHIC. Although you will be covered by the DMU’s travel insurance policy for the duration of your stay, we recommend that you purchase your own personal health and possessions insurance policies.

Students planning on going overseas in the 2021-22 academic year:

Students planning to study on exchange in Europe for the 2021-22 academic are still be eligible for Erasmus+ funding. Erasmus+ projects in the UK will continue to be funded by the European Commission as normal, with DMU students eligible to receive financial support up until September 2022.

However, students will need to consider the new immigration rules and ensure that entry requirements for studying in the host country are met (e.g. visas, permits etc). Further guidance to will be provided to students regarding this prior to their mobilities and more information about travelling to the EU post-Brexit is also available on the Government website.

Students planning on going overseas from September 2022 onwards:

The government have committed to funding a replacement for Erasmus+, the Turing Scheme, which will provide over £100million to fund around 35,000 students to go on overseas placements and exchanges. The programme will provide similar opportunities for students to study and work abroad as the Erasmus+ programme but it will include countries across the world.

Full details of this programme are still pending, but as soon as the scope of the new scheme is known, DMU Global will publish more information.  

Where can I find further information?

The University is monitoring the situation closely and will provide you with relevant updates as and when we can. This page will be frequently updated, and any questions that are not answered here can be sent to

For the latest governmental updates, please visit GOV.UK. FAQs related to Brexit for universities and students can be found on the Universities UK website and on the UK Erasmus+ website.