School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies

Our commitment to languages study after Brexit

Page updated February 2019.

The Year Abroad after Brexit

Continued Erasmus funding

Fees for the Year Abroad

School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies (CLAS) Statement on Brexit

The Year Abroad after Brexit

Students on their Year Abroad can undertake study, work placements, or British Council teaching assistantships.

The University of Nottingham is proud to have one of the largest Erasmus+ student mobility programmes in the UK. Our students are studying and working in 18 countries this year.

The UK government has assured universities that it is working on the basis of the UK remaining a participating country in the Erasmus+ programme after 29 March 2019. In the event of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit, the UK government has confirmed it will underwrite the UK’s participation in the 2018/19 academic year for European based student mobility.

The University believes that student mobility is essential and we will protect this experience, working with partners across the sector to lobby the government to continue funding for Erasmus+ beyond Brexit, not least through the Universities UK #SupportStudyAbroad campaign.

We will underwrite Erasmus funding for the next three years

Given the importance of Erasmus+ to our students’ global outlook, in the potential absence of UK government funding beyond 2018/19, the University of Nottingham will continue to underwrite outgoing student mobility programmes to the EU and Erasmus+ partners for the next three years to 2021/22. Further details will be published later in the spring term with presentations to staff and students.

We should remember that the Year Abroad provision for languages students in British universities began many years before the UK’s membership of the EU. The teaching assistantships scheme run by the British Council has also existed for over a century.

We will provide updates as further information on funding becomes available.

Fees for the Year Abroad

The University of Nottingham will continue to charge a substantially reduced fee for the Year Abroad for all home students starting their courses in 2019, regardless of whether or not the University is eligible to receive Erasmus funding following the UK exit from the EU. The same reduced fee is also paid by other home students going abroad as part of their degree outside Europe, including our students of American & Canadian Studies students going to North America.

School of CLAS Statement on Brexit

The University of Nottingham is Britain’s global University, whatever lies ahead of us after the result of the EU referendum. Within that global vision, the University’s School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, has, from a single Professor of French in 1897, grown in tandem with our society’s increasing desire to understand and appreciate cultures and languages beyond our own,and is now one of the largest and most thriving centres for studying the languages and cultures of Europe and beyond. Today, 48% of our staff are EU citizens from outside the UK, whose expertise in their field makes a major contribution to our School; some 10% of our students are from outside the UK.

At a time when voices in the debates about Britain’s place in Europe all too often play on fears of the unknown, of the outsider, and when opinions are so divided, we cannot afford to retreat into a world where we hear only the voices of those who agree with us, or only those who are able to accommodate to us by using English. Now more than ever, it is our students of languages and cultures who will develop the skills, knowledge, and cultural sensitivity to lead Britain in bridging cultural divides, building cross-cultural relationships, and so making possible Britain’s peaceful, enriching and prosperous relations with our fellow Europeans, as with the world beyond.

In the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, we reaffirm our resolve to teach and research the languages, cultures and histories of Europe, of the Americas, Africa and Asia, in ways that excite and challenge our students, and that encourage our local community and the wider society to think about our world, and our humanity, in new and challenging ways. Our mission is to prepare our students for a lifetime of understanding and critically engaging with the points of view and cultural frames of reference of others – whatever language they speak. In this way our staff and students are at the heart of what it means to be a truly global university.

Nicola McLelland, Head of School
Cultures, Languages and Area Studies


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