A Shortened Guide to the Turing Scheme
End of Erasmus Era: What you need to know about the new Turing Scheme and how it will affect your Year Abroad.
The end of the much-loved Erasmus programme, although expected, still sends shockwaves through our community. Those of us who understand how much the Erasmus scheme benefitted us on our Year Abroad were waiting with bated breath for the announcement of a new scheme, one which will hopefully maintain similar benefits whilst ironing out the problems of the Erasmus scheme.
With the announcement of the Post-Brexit Turing Scheme, we felt it important to keep our readers updated on what this means and how this will affect future Year Abroad goers. There is too much in the news to effectively soak up every important detail, so think of this as a shortened guide to the Turing Scheme.
- The scheme will be backed by over £100 million (in its first year), providing funding for around 35,000 students in Universities, colleges and schools, thus allowing them to go on placements and overseas exchange programmes.
- This amount is expected to be re-evaluated, and hopefully grow, within coming years.
- The scheme will be implemented in September 2021
- The scheme will include both study and work placements
- It will target students from disadvantaged backgrounds
- Organisations are expected to ‘bid for funding’
- Students taking part will receive grants to help them with the costs of their international experience.
The major difference with the Erasmus scheme is that the Turing scheme promises to include countries on a much more global scale, not just European. This is a huge benefit for students wishing to travel to the Americas, Australia and the Middle East!
Unfortunately, the amount of funding the Turing scheme promises is much less than the Erasmus, but hopefully with the success of the scheme we will begin to see greater investments.
Another thing to watch out for is, unlike the Erasmus scheme, there has been no mention of how the Turing scheme will work with host universities and institutions on the issues of paying tuition fees. This includes how the UK will host other international students in the future, which is vital for the growth of the country from an economic and cultural point of view. Hopefully this will become clearer as the scheme begins.