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The Turing Scheme FAQs

Find out the answers to the most frequently asked questions on the Turing Scheme at Bath.

What is the Turing Scheme?

The Turing Scheme is the UK government’s scheme which provides funding to enable students to study and work abroad. The scheme allows students the opportunity to develop new skills, gain international experience, boost employability, gain a better understanding of different cultures and improve upon or learn to speak a new language.

Where can I go?

What countries can I go to?

The Turing Scheme is a fully international scheme and can allow participants to travel anywhere in the world as long as foreign travel advice provided by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is followed.

Please note – The Turing Scheme funded placements to red list countries are currently prohibited.

Where can I do a study abroad placement?

The University has a number of pre-established connections with HE providers across the world, please talk to your department’s exchange co-ordinator to discuss the partnerships and opportunities for your area of study.

Where can I do a work placement?

With Turing funding, you could do a placement at any public or private organisation active in the labour market or in the fields of education and training.

For example:

  • A public or private, a small, medium or large enterprise (including social enterprises)
  • A public body at local, regional or national level
  • A social partner or other representative of working life, including chambers of commerce, craft/professional association, and trade unions
  • A research institute
  • A foundation
  • A school/institute/education centre (at any level, from primary school to upper secondary school education, including vocational and adult education)
  • A non-profit organisation, association, non-governmental organisation (NGO)
  • A body providing career guidance, professional counselling, and information services

Please contact to your placements team to discuss available opportunities for your area of study.

Eligibility

How do I know if I am eligible for funding?

The Turing Scheme is open to students of all nationalities for funding for both study and work placements. Your placement must last for a minimum of 4 weeks and can last up to 12 months, and must take place between 1 September 2021 and 31 August 2022.

What if some of my placement is outside of the eligible dates?

If your placement takes place outside of these dates, you can still apply for funding but will only be eligible to receive funding for activity within these dates. Eligible activity must still meet the 4 week minimum requirement.

Can I apply for Turing funding if I am already in receipt of Erasmus+ funding?

No, students already in receipt of Erasmus+ funding throughout 2021-22 are not eligible to apply.

Funding

Will the funding cover the cost of my whole placement?

An amount of funding will be provided to successful applicants to contribute towards the general cost of living abroad. Grants will NOT cover the full costs of the placement.

How much funding can I apply for?

The amount of funding available depends on the destination country and the length of placement.

Placements of four to eight weeks will receive:

  • £545 per month (for group 1, high cost of living countries)
  • £480 per month (group 2 and 3, medium and low cost of living countries)

Placements of nine weeks to twelve months will receive:

  • £380 per month (for group 1 countries)
  • £335 per month (for group 2 and 3 countries)

An additional £110 per month may be available for the cost of living grant for those students from widening participation backgrounds (students in receipt of the Bath Bursary). A travel grant may also be available for these students.

If I am eligible and I apply, will I definitely get funding?

Our aim is to support as many study and work placements as possible, however funding is limited and is NOT guaranteed. Students may be eligible to apply for the scheme, but this does not mean that their application will be successful.

When will I get the money if I am successful?

If successful, we will process your funding as soon as possible upon receipt of required documentation. The issuing of funds will not be immediate. Students should not count on Turing Scheme funding when budgeting for a mobility abroad.

Students will be required to submit a number of documents to the IRO before funding can be released.

Has Covid-19 impacted the Turing Scheme?

At present, Turing Scheme placements cannot take place in red list countries, in line with the UK government guidance of “You should not travel to red list countries or territories”. The UK government does not consider travel under the Turing Scheme to be essential travel and any placements are therefore not exempt from travel restrictions.

For those students who travel to a country that is on the green or amber list at the point of travel, but then the host country is subsequently added to the red list during their placement, we expect all participants and their providers to ensure they follow the current FCDO guidance for the country they are in. Those students who remain in their host country in this situation will continue to be eligible for financial support under the scheme.

For placements to countries requiring hotel quarantine, it is recommended that placements are rearranged or postponed given the financial burden that hotel quarantine would place on participants. There is no additional funding available to support potential quarantine costs.