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Turing Scheme

Last updated: 4 November 2021

UK Government confirms Turing Scheme funding for three years

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 the next three years, including £110 million for the academic year 2022/23.

Newcastle University was awarded £1.45M of Turing Scheme funding in August 2021 to support our students who wish to benefit from the opportunity to work abroad or study at one of our 200+ partner institutions in 2021/22 and we will apply for Turing funding to support Newcastle University students going abroad in 2022/23.

We will be creating Turing placement opportunities over the next 12 months and will make information available on how to apply as soon as details are confirmed. Please keep checking this website for updates; you can also sign up to our monthly newsletter for news from Global Opportunities and other information about going abroad.

The current Turing project begins 1st September 2021 and runs through August 2022. Placements need to be a minimum of 4 weeks and can last up to 12 months.

Students on all study levels can participate (UG, PGT and PGR), as well as recent graduates (the placement must take place within 12 months of graduating).

Funding will be available to help cover the costs of living abroad; students from disadvantaged backgrounds are eligible for a higher cost of living grant and an additional travel grant to help increase participation. Information on grant rates is available on the Turing website.

Students who have already been planning a placement for Academic Year 2021-22 and may now be eligible for Turing funding will be contacted directly by Global Opportunities.

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


Covid-19 Information 2021/2022

Last updated: 4 November 2021

Newcastle University Students Going Abroad

Newcastle University is allowing physical mobility to most destinations in Academic Year 2021-22 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 2022-23, please continue to follow our normal application processes.

Exchanges and Studying Abroad at Newcastle University in 2021/22

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 and information on the student academic experience in response to covid is available here.

Further Support

If you have any questions, please contact the Global Opportunities Team or your home institution as appropriate. We are currently unable to answer calls due to blended working, and are currently dealing with high email traffic, but we will get back to you as soon as we can. Your patience is appreciated.

Despite many challenges, here are the ways we’ve been supporting students this past year. For further information on the university’s response to Covid-19 visit:


Last updated: 4 November 2021

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 a brand new 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 in Academic Year 2021-22 and we are seeking to extend those agreements to 2022-23 as well.

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

There is currently no dedicated visa route for study or work placements between the UK and the EU, and UK students going abroad have to follow the entry requirements for non-EU nationals as set by each member state. A summary of information published by UUKi is available here.

Students across the UK experienced significant delays and unexpected costs when applying for EU study and work visas in 2021. 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.

Incoming exchange students to the UK fall under the new Visitor Route (for placements of up to 6 months/one semester) or the new points-based system (for placements over 6 months/full-year exchange).

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.

Academic Year 2022-23

Last updated: 3 November 2021

Newcastle University is passionately committed to offering students the opportunity to gain international experience, both on global placements and whilst on campus. We have worked hard to support and develop these initiatives despite Brexit and Covid-19. We continue to encourage students to go abroad, but it is important that students understand the new challenges that now come with international travel.

Can students travel abroad?

Newcastle University has permitted student mobility to many of our usual destination countries in Academic Year 2021-22. International travel remains very difficult and some of our partners have temporarily paused their exchange programmes because of the pandemic.

We are permitting students to travel abroad if the following conditions are met:

  1. the destination country is risk assessed and approved by us;
  2. students complete all required questionnaires, learning materials, pre-departure briefings, travel risk assessments, etc. and agree to follow our travel processes, e.g. by promptly responding to our monthly check-in messages. Work placements must be approved by the relevant placement team.

Countries not approved for travel

In semester 1 of Academic Year 2021-22, travel to the following countries has not been permitted:

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, India, Peru, Turkey, Uruguay

The risk profiles for those countries are reviewed on a regular basis and travel may be allowed in future if the situation changes.

The list of assessed countries is based on students’ choices for travel in A-Y 2021-22 and additional countries may be excluded from travel. As a general rule, travel to red list countries is not permitted.

Additionally, no travel is allowed to any undergraduate student wishing to travel to any of the following countries: Afghanistan, Chechnya, Iraq, Iran, Mali, Niger, Somalia, Nigeria, Syria, Libya, Venezuela, North Korea, North Sudan or Crimea.

Countries with entry restrictions

The following countries have been approved for travel in semester 1 of A-Y 2021-22, however, physical mobility is not possible at the moment due to entry restrictions imposed by those countries and/or exchange partner institutions cancelling physical exchanges:

Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand

Countries approved for travel in semester 1 of A-Y 2021-22

  • Canada
  • Singapore (hotel quarantine required with significant costs charged to traveller)
  • South Korea
  • USA
  • Europe (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden)

The list of assessed countries is based on students’ choices for travel in A-Y 2021-22 and additional countries can be reviewed to determine if they can be approved for travel. It is also possible that a country is removed from the list of approved countries if the situation changes.

We hope international exchanges and work placements can return to normal in 2022-23, however, you should keep in mind that Covid-19 remains a global challenge and it will remain an unpredictable situation for some time to come. This may impact what opportunities we can offer students in 2022-23.

What is the impact of Brexit?

There have been fundamental changes to funding, immigration and our EU partnerships because of Brexit and we urge anyone who wants to study or work in Europe to understand these impacts.

The transition period following the UK’s departure from the European Union ended on 31 December 2020 and the UK will not join the next generation of Erasmus programmes.
Newcastle University received €1.8 million in 2020 to fund Erasmus study and work placements until 31 May 2023. We have introduced caps on our Erasmus funding because this budget is not sufficient to fully fund our usual numbers of participants. For example, a student who is studying in Europe for one academic year, may only be guaranteed a grant for 7 months in 21/22, and a grant of 3.5 months for a semester-long placement. It is likely that we will apply caps again in 22/23.

Erasmus funding will not be available from 1 June 2023.

The UK government introduced the Turing Scheme in 2021 as an alternative to Erasmus. Newcastle University successfully bid for Turing funding, which will support students going abroad in 21/22. However, information on this programme is not very complete and it is currently only available for 1 year, until August 2022. We hope the scheme will be extended for future years, but there is no confirmation or guarantee at this time. The funding provides improved financial support for students from less advantaged backgrounds.

Further information on Turing is available here:

Newcastle University is committed to widening access to international experience for our entire student body. We are working hard to implement inclusive global opportunities on campus and to secure funding to support less financially advantaged students to access overseas placements. While we are hopeful that financial support may continue to be available in the future to support students going abroad, students who want to study or work abroad during their degrees should not rely on external funding to make it an affordable experience.
We advise students to think very carefully about their destinations, particularly the cost of living including accommodation, local travel and food, international travel and visas. Going abroad usually involves unexpected costs and participants cannot rely on earning a salary abroad to afford the experience.


UK nationals need a visa to study or work in the EU and securing the correct immigration permission before travelling abroad is the responsibility of the individual student. Applying for a visa can be challenging and stressful: students going abroad in 21/22 have confirmed the process can be expensive, lengthy and frustrating. Despite starting applications many months in advance, some students did not receive their visas in time to start their placements.

We have guidance on visas for EU countries.

We hope that clearer guidance and easier pathways will be made available for students seeking visas to study and work for short periods in the EU. We support students as best we can with their visa applications, but we have no influence on the immigration agencies of other countries. When considering having multiple placements in different countries, we would suggest considering the potential challenges that you may encounter due to differing visa application processes between countries.


Newcastle University has enjoyed long-standing relationships with over 250 universities in Europe through the Erasmus programme and we are working hard to continue these links after Brexit. Many of our partners have agreed to continue exchanging students with us in 21/22 and 22/23, but we do expect that some will not.
Our Erasmus partnerships are usually subject-specific and we advise anyone interested in going abroad to review the list of partnerships in our Virtual Go Abroad Fair Teams folder . We further advise that no partnership is guaranteed: a destination that is currently available is subject to cancellation.