UK launches Turing Program website, reveals details of eligible placements


The system extends well beyond higher education, with which Erasmus + is largely associated (although it has also broadened its scope of inclusion).

Schools, colleges, higher education institutions and vocational training providers as well as universities in the UK or a UK Overseas Territory are invited to apply for funding for international experiences for their students .

“We will open the world to our young people”

At higher education level, students do not need to be of UK nationality to benefit from the Turing program, which means that international students may also be eligible to study or undertake an internship abroad from lasting from four weeks to 12 months.

Institutions will be required to submit bids to win grants that will help cover travel and cost of living, as well as administrative funding for the completion of the suggested projects.

At FE level, students and apprentices can be sent on internship with FE or VET providers or companies abroad for the 2021-22 academic year.

At school level, two types of internships can be funded: short-term internships, from three days to two months, and long-term internships: from two to six months.

Universities Minister Michelle Donelan commented: “We are committed to ensuring that our students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, can benefit from studying and working abroad.

“Work with the British Council, we will open the world to our young people, and I look forward to seeing the exciting and rewarding opportunities that the Turing program will bring. “

More information on funding is available here, additional funding being made available to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

They will also receive fees for additional travel costs, including visa, passport and health insurance fees.

“This was not offered under the Erasmus + 2014-2020 program, but we see it as crucial as travel-related expenses can often deter potential participants,” the website notes.

At Association of Colleges, Managing Director, David Hughes, said: “The Turing program opens the door to the world for internships and internships for students. This is an important element in “improving” the chances in the life of all our young people, whatever their origin. “

He added: “International mobility motivates and inspires young people to understand their place in the world, to develop their life skills and to strengthen their confidence and ambition. I strongly encourage colleges that are new to international exchange to consider participating in Turing and hope that those who have already attended can use it to expand opportunities for students.

Emma Meredith, International Director at AoC, added: “The Turing program is a new initiative not only for colleges experienced in international exchange, but also for those new to global mobility. Colleges have a strong partner base in Europe thanks to Erasmus + and Turing is paving the way for colleges to strengthen their partnerships around the world.

The program funds overseas placements in the UK, but as reported in the PIE, institutions also plan various EU scholarship programs to continue to attract a number of incoming European students.

The Turing program will be administered by the same partnership between British Council and Ecorys that offers Erasmus + in the UK.

He is part of the new government International education strategy, unveiled on February 6.

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