Is leaving ERASMUS+ post-Brexit risk to outward mobility?

‘Concerns have been raised over the potential damage to UK outward student mobility if Brexit results in loss of access to Erasmus+, as a new report shows that more than half of all study and work trips for undergraduates came via the European Union programme.

According to the Gone International: Mobility Works report, which analyses data from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, Erasmus+ accounted for 55 per cent of the international experiences of graduates who had completed their courses in 2014-15.

A total of 16,165 UK-domiciled students in this cohort said they had gone overseas as part of their degree study. This represents 7.2 per cent of all respondents, up from 5.4 per cent the year before.

Universities UK International, which compiled the report, notes that much of the growth in outward mobility had been due to increased UK participation in Erasmus+.

While a majority of mobile students going through the programme study modern languages, over a third (38.4 per cent) of non-language students’ mobility was via the scheme.’ – Times Higher Education

‘Here’s why the scheme is so valuable. A year abroad should be a horizon-broadening experience – and for a naive girl from rural England like me, that’s exactly what it’s been. I’ve been pushed outside my comfort zone in everyday situations, such as going food shopping or getting a haircut. I’ve felt overwhelmed and even humiliated at times. But I’m more resilient as a result.

Honestly, the past few months I’ve spent studying in Reims, northern France, have been some of the best I’ve ever experienced. But I would never have ventured across the Channel if I hadn’t received the €300 (£260) per month grant. The thought of future students being denied the option of studying in Europe because they will not get the same funding fills me with sadness…

But the real triumph of Erasmus is that it’s for everyone…It’s a way for students from poorer backgrounds to gain an opportunity that they might not have otherwise been able to access.’ – Student blogging in Guardian


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