School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies

Statement on BREXIT from the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies

Page updated February 2018.

The Year Abroad after Brexit

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.

As things stand currently, UK students still have access to Erasmus+ funding for the Year Abroad. For the 2018-19 Year Abroad, the UK government has confirmed that it will underwrite grant agreements for Erasmus signed while the UK is still a Member State, even if payments continue beyond the point of the UK’s exit date.

The UK's future access to the Erasmus programme will be determined as part of wider discussions with the EU. However, 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 2017 and 2018, 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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