International engagement

What the Turing Scheme means for education providers outside the UK  

The Turing Scheme will provide funding for thousands of students to study and work abroad, including international students, who are based in UK or British Overseas Territory schools, colleges and higher education institutions.  

This can, in turn, give the opportunity for overseas institutions and organisations to set up reciprocal exchanges and send students to the UK. 

One of the scheme’s core aims is to be truly global and encourage international engagement, to enhance our existing partnerships and encourage the forging of new educational relationships across the world.

This will provide opportunities for UK and non-UK students to enjoy the many benefits of international placements. These include improved inter-cultural and professional skills that can enhance employability, and development of connections and relationships that will continue into participants’ professional and personal lives. 

Incoming students from the UK will help bring a new perspective into your institutions. The scheme will also facilitate the sharing of knowledge, skills and innovative practices to ensure that institutions are able to offer their learners a high-quality international experience.  

How can institutions and organisations outside the UK get involved with the Turing Scheme? 

The Turing Scheme is only open to educational institutions and other eligible organisations based in the UK or British Overseas Territories who wish to provide international study and work opportunities to their students.

However, institutions and organisations overseas will be vital partners as they will be hosting UK participants and facilitating their own mobilities to the UK. 

Those who are interested in supporting exchanges should get in touch with their UK partners now to establish whether they plan to send students overseas through the Turing Scheme and to explore what opportunities there are for reciprocal exchange agreements.

Will higher education students coming to the UK have to pay tuition fees? 

In the higher education sector, we expect tuition fees to be waived on a reciprocal basis. We believe institutions are best placed to determine the details and terms of agreements between partners and advise that you discuss this with your UK partners now.  

Does the Turing Scheme support reciprocal exchange schemes? 

In order that the benefits of international placements are felt globally, the Turing Scheme encourages overseas education institutions and organisations to set up reciprocal exchanges with the UK. The scheme, however, does not provide funding for overseas students to come to the UK to work or study. We ask that overseas institutions consider what options they have available to reciprocally fund students to come to the UK.  With their expertise, institutions are best placed to lead these discussions and will have the autonomy to determine the details of any agreements. To allow flexibility, the Turing Scheme will not dictate the format or content of these agreements.

How can a student outside the UK get involved?

Students cannot apply directly for funding under the Turing Scheme themselves, and those who are studying outside the UK at a non-UK institution will not be eligible.  

If you are interested in a potential exchange to the UK, contact your provider’s international education office to explore what opportunities there may be. 

If you are not a UK national but you are enrolled in a UK institution you will be eligible to participate in the Turing Scheme. This will allow you to receive grant funding for activities your institution successfully bids for. For further information of specific opportunities available to you, speak to your UK provider’s international education office.  

Which countries are eligible to receive Turing Scheme participants? 

All countries are eligible to receive UK students, subject to UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice. Where students go will be based on where UK institutions and organisations organise their opportunities and there are no priority countries or academic subjects.

How can overseas institutions or organisations find a UK partner? 

As discussions and agreements will be led by institutions, many UK institutions and organisations will be reaching out directly to their overseas partners. If you are an overseas institution or organisation and are looking for potential UK partners, you may find support and guidance from the below contacts and tools:

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