Since the UK departed from the EU in January 2021 with Brexit, Britain is no longer part of the EU’s Erasmus scheme. But the Government announced the Turing scheme which will provide funding for an estimated 40,000 students across universities, colleges and schools.
It allows students to participate in placements around the world.
The scheme has been extended by the Government for a further three years with a budget of £110m for 2022/23.
It provides placements for British students across 159 destinations, including Canada, Japan, Australia and the United States.
Nexit campaigners in the Netherlands hailed the scheme, accusing Remainers of scaremongering when they warned the UK would lose out outside the Erasmus programme.
They said: “Erasmus is the EU program that offers students the opportunity to study in other EU countries.
“It was feared that the British would no longer be able to do this after Brexit.
“The UK now has its own student programme (Turing) that is cheaper and more global.
“It was scaremongering again.”
Wider-reaching than the placements on the Erasmus scheme, it has been hailed to be cheaper than the EU’s scheme.
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The Scottish government claimed this is because of Britain pulling out of the Erasmus Plus exchange programme.
In May last year, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “It is baffling, and, to be frank, an act of cultural vandalism, that the UK Government has chosen not to participate in the Erasmus+ programme, something it could have continued to do despite Brexit.”
She added: “The Brexit vote and the decision by the UK Government to pursue a hard Brexit has prompted renewed debate in Scotland about our constitutional future.
“The Scottish Government’s position is that the people of Scotland have the right to decide whether they wish to become an independent country.”
Nexit Denktank campaigners added: “The Scots, generally more pro-EU than the rest of the UK, wanted to continue participating in Erasmus.
“The EU refused: ‘There will be no special treatment for Scotland as the UK is now a country outside the EU’.”