Leaving EU’s Erasmus student exchange scheme will hit disadvantaged college students, Government warned

The Association of Colleges (AoC), which represents further education providers, has published research showing that 94 per cent of colleges could not offer their students the same chance to complete a placement abroad without Erasmus+ or a post-Brexit replacement programme. iNews reports.

According to the AoC, since 2017 over 100 UK colleges have benefited from funding under the scheme with 17,000 placements delivered.

The AoC said that unless Britain stays in Erasmus+ or replaces it with another scheme, overseas opportunities will only be available to families who can afford it because college budgets have been stretched by a decade of cuts.

Emma Meredith, the AoC’s international director, said:“Erasmus+ is the key route for college students to experience a short period working or training in another country. Our survey clearly shows that the programme is too valuable and beneficial to not be invested in or replaced, if or when the UK leaves the European Union.”
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