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Erasmus+ Brexit plan welcomed

Universities have welcomed a proposal by the European Commission to protect more than 20,000 students on the EU’s foreign exchange programme from suffering the consequences of a no-deal Brexit.

The UK’s scheduled departure from the EU on 29 March will affect about 7,000 British students in Europe and almost 14,000 European students in the UK who are enrolled on the Erasmus+ programme.

The Commission’s proposal, published on 30 January, aims to ensure that in a no-deal exit scenario, “students and trainees abroad participating in Erasmus+ at the time of the UK’s withdrawal can complete their studies and continue to receive the relevant funding or grants”. This will prevent a “very disruptive” impact on students, such as the loss of academic credits and having to repeat study years.

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