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The Turing Scheme is the UK government’s global programme to support study and work abroad during the 2021/22 academic year.

The Turing Scheme provides funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world. It supports Global Britain by providing an opportunity for UK organisations from the higher education (and other sectors), to offer students life-changing experiences to study or work abroad

Funding is available to UK and British Overseas Territories organisations from across the education and training sector through higher education, further or vocational education and training, and schools projects. Eligible organisations can apply for funding through the Turing Scheme for projects that offer the opportunity to study or gain work experience abroad for the 2021/22 academic year.  

Turing allows organisations to provide students, learners and pupils with the chance to develop new skills, gain vital international experience and boost their employability. They can also develop a wide range of soft skills, language skills and a better understanding of other cultures. Organisations can build relationships with international peers and gain fresh ideas. 

The Turing Scheme will contribute to the UK Government’s commitment to a Global Britain, by helping organisations enhance their existing international ties and forge new relationships around the world. 

Q: What is the Turing Scheme, at Reading?

It is the UK Government’s funding scheme to financially support students at Reading to study or gain work experience abroad in academic year 2021/22.

The Turing Scheme does not find or organise placements on student’s behalf; rather, it might be able to financially support students undertaking a placement which has been agreed by the University of Reading (at School or central level).

Q: Who and what can be funded?

Turing offers funding to support international student mobility from the UK lasting between 4 weeks and 12 months, taking place between 01 September 2021 and 31 August 2022. Funds are allocated to individual institutions and organisations by the Turing Scheme Delivery Partners, to be managed locally by those institutions and organisations.

Turing can support study, work, research and volunteering placements overseas, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels (finances permitting).

Funding is only available to support Reading students going abroad; not to support students from partner institutions /organisations to come to the UK. Staff mobility is not part of the Turing Scheme.

Graduate placements are not supported via Turing Scheme at the University of Reading.

Q: Which destinations are eligible for Turing Scheme funding?

Eligible destinations include:

  • non-UK Higher Education providers (i.e., a university outside the UK))
  • any non-UK public or private organisation active in the labour market or in the fields of education and training

The University of Reading Malaysia is not an eligible destination

Q: What funding is available?

It depends on the duration and country of the mobility, and whether funds are available to support the activity. Additional funds might be available to support students from lower-income households (les than £25k per annum), and students with Special Education Needs or Disabilities (SEND). Details are on the Turing Scheme website. Please note that funding is not guaranteed.

Q: How to apply?

Students will apply to the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office. Details will be available on the outgoing students funding page.

Students on semester or yearlong mobilities, and those participating on a Turing funded short duration mobility, will be provided information direct from the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office.

Students who are considering undertaking a placement abroad during summer 2022 should contact the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office for more information.

Q: How to find out more information at Reading?

For students, there is information on the Outgoing Funding pages and you can liaise with the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office (either by email, or TEAMs meeting).

If you are a student considering undertaking a placement abroad within academic year 2021/22 (e.g., summer study, summer work, research or volunteering), you should liaise with your academic School and Study Abroad Coordinator in the first instance – Turing does not organise the placement for you.

Q: Will there be Turing Scheme funding after 2021/2?

The UK Government has committed to support the Turing Scheme for the next three years – 2022/23 onwards.

There is currently no information about how and when institutions and organisations are to apply, or more detailed information such as eligibility and funding levels.

The Erasmus & Study Abroad Office will publish more information on these pages and the Outgoing Funding pages, once known. Information sessions will take place to update staff.