Studying abroad is critical for some subjects, and many language degrees view a semester abroad as mandatory in order to graduate – but what if you can’t afford it?
Of all students who do study abroad, 53 per cent of them do so through a funded scheme, such as Erasmus. But British students on the Erasmus programme, which provides them with monthly financial support while abroad, are threatened by a no deal Brexit, prompting concerned students to start a #supportstudyabroad campaign urging the UK Government to continue to fund UK students studying abroad even with a no deal Brexit.
Universities UK, which launched the campaign, states the advantages of the scheme. Students who have studied abroad are 19 per cent more likely to gain a first class degree and are 10 per cent more likely to be in ‘graduate’ jobs six months after graduation, it claims.
It warns that without this funding, 17,000 UK students will miss out on opportunities to study abroad next year because of funding being pulled in the case of no deal.
“The government has committed to avoiding this in the withdrawal agreement – why not in the case of no deal Brexit?” the group says.
Kerri Logan, a University of Manchester graduate who took advantage of Erasmus explains why it was so important.