Erasmus+ in the United Kingdom

Following the decision made by government of the United Kingdom (UK), the UK will not participate in the new Erasmus + program (2021-27). How does this affect the Erasmus+ student mobilities?
We would like to call the attention of students preparing their mobility to the UK to read and pay attention to the changes of entry and other regulations.

Time of mobility 

According to current information, the last chance to apply for Erasmus + mobility to the UK is for the 2021/22 Academic Year. The call for application for the 2021/22 Academic Year can be found here. The final closing date for the Erasmus+ mobility is 31 May 2022

Health Insurance

As of 1 January 2021, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will no longer entitle you to emergency patient care in the UK, therefore it is necessary to take out comprehensive travel / health insurance to cover the duration of the trip. We would like to draw the attention of our students who won Erasmus+ mobility to the United Kingdom with a starting date after 1 January 2021, to the fact that the existence of a health insurance valid for the entire mobility period is mandatory in order to receive the Erasmus + grant and to start the mobility.

VISA AND ENTRY REGULATIONS ON EU CITIZENS

(This section only details the changes of entry regulations for EU citizens. For Non-EU citizens the same entry regulations apply as usual. More information here.)

On 31 December 2020, free movement between the UK and the EU ceased. As of 1 January 2021, the UK introduced a points-based immigration system for stays longer than 6 months. In case of entry for up to 6 months, EU citizens can still stay in the UK without a visa. Until 1 October 2021, all EU citizens will also have the opportunity to enter with an identity card, but we recommend using a passport, mainly to facilitate travel home. Typical visa-free entry  include tourism, family visits, a business meeting, attending a conference, or even studying for a period not exceeding 6 months. However, employment (and internships) are not possible in the context of a visa-free stay.
What does this mean for different types of mobility?

Erasmus Study Exchange

  • Stay less than 6 months

Hungarian students arriving in the UK after 1 January 2021 do not need to apply for a visa if they will stay in the country for less than six months. The passport must be presented at the border, the Letter of Acceptance issued by the host university, the Erasmus + scholarship certificate issued by the sending university and the proof of accommodation can be requested. You can read more information here.

  • Stay longer than 6 months

EU citizens who are going to Erasmus studies to the UK, arrive in the UK after 1 January 2021 and wish to stay for more than six months must apply for a so-called Student Visa before entry. You can read more by clicking here.

Erasmus Traineeship

It is not possible to carry out Erasmus Traineeships without visa. The required visa is the Temporary Worker - Government Authorized Exchange visa (T5). You can read more about the T5 visa by clicking here.

More information

European Commission notice on Brexit 
UK governmental website on Immigration and Visa

For more information, contact the Erasmus/International Office of the receiving institution or or request information at erasmus@britishcouncil.org.

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