On December 24, the European Union and the United Kingdom agreed on a draft trade and cooperation agreement which entered into provisional application on January 1, 2021. This agreement notably records the United Kingdom's decision to withdraw from the Erasmus+ program.
However, for all actions within the Erasmus+ 2014-2020 program, the United Kingdom remains a participating country in the program. As a result, Erasmus+ mobility is still possible for BIATSS students, lecturers and staff until September 30, 2022. By decision of the European Commission, all currently active Erasmus+ agreements have been automatically extended to the academic year 2021-2022. The University of Strasbourg has requested the extension of the Erasmus+ 2020 financial contract to finance mobility to the United Kingdom until September 30, 2022.
In October 2020, the international relations correspondents of the faculties were invited by the Erasmus+ Mobility Unit of the International Relations Department to check with their British partners that they are able to receive and/or send students participating in the Erasmus+ program in 2021/2022.
Thus, the application campaign for Erasmus+ mobility for 2021/2022 is currently open. Students can apply for an Erasmus+ mobility for studies or internships in British institutions for 2021/2022.
As the United Kingdom is one of our university's privileged partners, its exit from the European Union requires us to build new relationships through bilateral agreements covering all activities, both training and research, on an institutional level. The meeting of the international relations correspondents on December 2 allowed us to launch a project to negotiate bilateral agreements with our British partners. This project is led by the Vice-President for International Relations, organized by the International Relations Department and supported by IdEx. It aims to reach international cooperation agreements based on mutual knowledge of our academic structures and scientific and cultural approaches of our partner institutions and the enhancement of our complementarities. The first stage of this project has already been launched: based on the inventory of all the international cooperation activities, a dynamic mapping will allow us from February on to discuss with our British partners all the cooperation actions we wish to carry out together.
Also, in this context of constant evolution, the International Relations Department remains at your disposal for any questions or for further information on Unistra's cooperation with the United Kingdom.
Prof. Irini Tsamadou-Jacoberger, Vice president for Europe and International Relations
Rachel Blessig, Director of International Relations