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Information on urgent and ongoing current global issues affecting mobility activities.

Turing Scheme

Last updated: 10 October 2022

UK Government’s Turing Scheme

The Turing Scheme is the UK Government's new global programme for studying and working abroad, providing students and recent graduates in the UK with funding to support international education opportunities across the globe. The recent Spending Review provides funding for the continuation of the Turing Scheme for three years, including £110 million for the academic year 2022/23.

You can read more information for our students on Turing funding on our Funding Pages.

More information about the Turing Scheme is available on the official Turing Scheme website.

Covid-19 Information

Last updated: 10 October 2022

Newcastle University Students Going Abroad

Newcastle University is allowing physical mobility to most destinations in Academic Year 2023/24 on condition that students comply with enhanced risk controls that we have introduced in response to the pandemic. Students who travel abroad without completing our safe travel requirements in full will not have the University’s permission to travel and will not covered by our emergency travel cover.

Destinations are reviewed regularly and students should be aware that destinations currently authorised for travel may be withdrawn at any point. If a placement is cancelled, although we will do everything we can, it may not be possible to offer you an alternative.

If you are planning to go abroad in 2023-24, please continue to follow our normal application processes.

Exchanges and Studying Abroad at Newcastle University in 2022/23

International mobility is a significant part of our student experience; it supports our aim to be a globally inclusive institution and foster an environment that places international ambition and activities as central to our everyday thinking and working.

We are accepting incoming exchange and study abroad students for in-person teaching in all academic semesters or full year. 

Further Support

If you have any questions, please contact the Global Opportunities Team or your home institution as appropriate.


Last updated: 10 October 2022

Newcastle University values and is committed to student mobility to Europe and to continued co-operation with European partners and with partners from across the world.

New Turing Scheme

The UK government has confirmed that students will be able to study and do work placements across the world through the Turing scheme that replaces the UK’s participation in Erasmus+.

The Turing Scheme, named after British mathematician Alan Turing, will provide similar opportunities for students to study and work abroad as the Erasmus+ programme but it will include countries across the world.

Current Erasmus+ project

The European Commission has confirmed that UK institutions which have successfully applied for an Erasmus+ grant in 2020 can extend their Erasmus+ project to 31 May 2023. Newcastle University will therefore be able to participate in Erasmus+ until this date, despite the UK not participating in the new Erasmus+ Programme.

Partner institutions in Europe

Our partnerships with some European institutions may be affected, as all our Erasmus+ agreements need to be renegotiated. However, most of our European partners have already confirmed that they would like to continue working with us and we are seeking to extend those agreements.

Newcastle University will aim to continue its cooperation with partner institutions in Europe outside of the Erasmus+ framework from 2023-24 onwards. 

Changes to immigration requirements

UK students going abroad have to follow the entry requirements for non-EU nationals as set by each member state. 

We urge those planning to go abroad to research visa costs and application processes before making an application to go abroad. Students with a confirmed placement abroad should start any necessary visa formalities at the earliest opportunity.

For students joining us you can research the correct visa requirements on our Visa and Immigration Information page.

UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC)

The UK European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) continues to be valid in the EU and will soon be replaced with a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This new card will provide cover in EU countries, but not in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland. Further information is available on the NHS website.