How To Access The Turing Scheme
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How To Access The Turing Scheme For Study Abroad Funding

Zoe Kramer February 19, 2023

Quite a few things have changed since Erasmus was replaced with the Turing Scheme. Students looking to pursue global opportunities now have a new set of guidelines for receiving funding. But don’t let this dissuade you from studying or working abroad. There are still plenty of ways to get funding for your travels, if you know how to use the new system. Here is how to access the Turing Scheme, how it works, and everything you need to know before you apply.

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How Does The Turing Scheme Work?

Since Brexit, the Turing Scheme has been the replacement programme for Erasmus. The purpose of the scheme is to provide funding for students to study and complete work placements abroad as part of their education. One of the key differences that separates the Turing Scheme from Erasmus is that it provides a higher number of placements, although these placements may be shorter in length. In addition, the Turing Scheme will only send UK students abroad — it will not bring students into the UK.

Universities across the UK bid for grants. If successful, the universities can then pass on the funding to their students. Their success depends on whether their project proposals promote equal access, build connections and provide value for taxpayers.

How Much Funding Is Available?

The amount of funding available depends on the length of the placement as well as the cost of living in that particular destination. Locations are divided into group 1, 2 and 3, with group 1 having a high cost of living, group 2 with a medium cost of living and group 3 with a low cost of living. For 2021/2022, funding for group 1 destinations was £136 per week for a 4-8 week programme and £380 per month for a 9 week to 1 year long programme. For group 2 and 3 destinations, funding was £120 per week for a 4-8 week programme and £335 per month for a 9 week to 1 year long programme. Disadvantaged students are able to receive additional support grants.

How Do You Apply?

To apply for funding from the Turing Scheme, you go through your university or higher education institution. The specifics of what opportunities are available vary for each institution. A great way to get started is checking out your university’s global opportunities office or web page. There you can get more information on what opportunities are available, when the deadlines are, and how to apply.

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Zoe Kramer has been writing for GRV Media’s student-centric website Freshered since October 2022 and is now also contributing to HITC. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2022 with a BA in Journalism, Media and English Literature. During her time in university, she worked for her student newspaper as well as completing an internship with a book publisher. She has also written and continues to write book and theatre reviews. She is excited to now be pursuing a career as a journalist and learning something new every day. In particular, she loves writing about student life, books, the Internet, and travel. Originally from the United States, she is enjoying living abroad in the UK.