With the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union bringing about the end of Britain’s involvement in the Erasmus scheme, Malaga University (UMA) is working to maintain its exchange programmes with its 22 partner institutions in the UK.
Indeed, from the 2022/23 academic year, UMA students will no longer be able to complete a study placement in the UK unless new agreements are reached. The same would be true for British students hoping to study in Malaga. With up to 80 places at UK universities given annually to UMA students, and a total of 141 British students coming to Malaga to study in the last three years, this would clearly be a huge blow.
Therefore, the university is seeking to establish new bilateral agreements with UK institutions, primarily with the 22 which UMA is already partnered with. These include the universities of Bath, Cambridge, Liverpool and Sheffield.
As mobility for the 2021/22 academic year remains covered by the Erasmus programme, there is a year remaining for new arrangements to be sorted. One of the key facets still to be discussed is the issue of finance, as it remains to be seen how students will be able to fund their exchanges without Erasmus+ support from the EU.
A possible solution that has been touted is contributing the university’s own funds towards exchanges. An UMA spokesperson underlined the university’s commitment to maintaining UK exchanges, noting in particular the prestige of British universities that has helped to make them such a popular choice among Malaga University students.