In 2014, Goldsmiths, University of London received confirmation that it has been granted the new Erasmus University Charter for Higher Education (2014/15-2020/21), a requirement for participating in the programme. In accordance with the compliance principles involved in attaining this Charter, the University welcomes students from Europe coming on the Erasmus exchange via an inter-institutional agreement, and seeks to allow, and give full recognition to, Goldsmiths students wanting to take advantage of the European Study Abroad options available to them.
All Erasmus+ opportunities are subject to Goldsmiths receiving sufficient funding from the European Commission each year.
Brexit statement - updated on 1 February 2019
Goldsmiths is committed to continuing to support students to go abroad after Brexit. One of the main ways in which we are able to send students abroad is through the Erasmus programme and we are closely monitoring how our participation will be affected by Brexit and working closely with our international partners and the UK Higher Education Sector to try and mitigate any impact.
The UK Government released an updated Technical Notice on 29 January 2019 giving more detail on the impact on the UK’s participation of the Erasmus programme in deal or no deal Brexit scenario. It confirms that:
In the event that the UK leaves the EU with a withdrawal agreement in place, the UK will participate in Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) until the end of the current cycle in 2020. EU funding for UK participants and projects will be unaffected for the entire lifetime of projects, including those that extend beyond 2020. It is important that UK organisations and participants are in a position to benefit from the UK’s continued participation in Erasmus+ and ESC.
If no deal is agreed, the UK government will need to reach agreement with the EU for UK organisations to continue participating in Erasmus+ and ESC projects and is seeking to hold these discussions with the EU.
In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the government’s underwrite guarantee will cover the payment of awards to UK applicants for all successful Erasmus+ and ESC bids. Successful bids are those that are approved directly by the European Commission or by the National Agency4 and ratified by the European Commission. This includes projects and participants that are only informed of their success, or who sign a grant agreement, after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, and commits to underwrite funding for the entire lifetime of the projects.
In addition, the European Commission has also introduced a number of contingency proposals in the area of the Erasmus+ to minimise disruption to current participants. It outlines the following:
[These] measures would ensure that in the event of a “no-deal” scenario:
- Young people from the EU and the UK who are participating in the Erasmus+ programme on 30 March 2019 can complete their stay without interruption;
- EU Member State authorities will continue to take into account periods of insurance, (self) employment or residence in the United Kingdom before withdrawal, when calculating social security benefits, such as pensions;
- UK beneficiaries of EU funding would continue to receive payments under their current contracts, provided that the United Kingdom continues to honour its financial obligations under the EU budget. This issue is separate from the financial settlement between the European Union and the United Kingdom.
It is important to note that these measures will not – and cannot – mitigate the overall impact of a "no-deal" scenario, nor do they in any way compensate for the lack of preparedness or replicate the full benefits of EU membership or the favourable terms of any transition period, as provided for in the Withdrawal Agreement.
Universities UK continues to highlight the benefits of the programme and will be urging the UK government to push for access onto the Erasmus+ successor programme, which will commence in 2021.
Guidance for Goldsmiths students
Goldsmiths will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as soon as possible. Based on the information shared above, students who have already been selected to undertake an Erasmus study abroad placement with a partner university or who are already abroad should continue with their placement.
We will also continue to promote Go Abroad opportunities over the summer holidays and into the 2019/20 academic year and will keep applicants updated of any changes.
Students should be aware of any changes to their immigration status in light of a no deal Brexit. Please consult guidance for the relevant country you are studying in: gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Goldsmiths also advises against travel on and around the 29 March 2019 as there may be severe disruption if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.