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United Kingdom Turing Programme

The Turing Scheme is the UK government’s scheme to provide 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, further education, vocational education and training and schools sectors to offer their students,learners and pupils life-changing experiences to study or work abroad. 

The Turing Scheme is the UK government’s global programme to study and work abroad. The scheme provides funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world. Supporting the government’s Global Britain objectives, the Turing Scheme unlocks the opportunity for UK organisations to offer life-changing experiences across the world for their students, learners and pupils.

Funding is open 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.

This funding 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.

Who can take part?

The Turing Scheme is open to UK organisations from across the education and training sectors. Each sector has different requirements, so do ensure you have read all the information carefully to understand which organisations and participants can take part in the programme.

Higher education

To apply for higher education (HE) projects, your organisation must be:

To apply for HE projects, your participants must be:

  • students (in any study cycle) or recent graduates (within 12 months of graduating)
For more information on HE projects, visit the HE funding page. 

Further education and vocational education and training

To apply for further education (FE) and vocational education and training (VET) projects, your organisation must be registered in the UK or a British Overseas Territory and either:

  • an FE college or school active in the field of FE and VET
  • a local or regional public authority, coordination body or other organisation with a role in the field of FE and VET
  • a company or other public or private organisation hosting, training or otherwise working with learners and apprentices in FE and VET
  • a company or other public or private organisation applying on behalf of a consortium of FE and/or VET providers

To take part in a FE and VET project, your participants must be: 

  • FE learners
  • VET learners, including apprentices
  • recent graduates of a VET provider (within 12 months of graduating)
  • an individual not in permanent education or training, who may be re-training or upskilling, if their training is taking place through a college or school
For more information on FE and VET projects, visit the FE and VET funding page. 


To apply for schools projects, your organisation must be registered in the UK or a British Overseas Territory and either:  

  • a school providing general, vocational, or technical education on any level from primary school to upper secondary education
  • a national school consortium applying on behalf of a number of schools, for example, local or regional authorities, school coordinating bodies or a social enterprise or other organisations with a role in the field of school education

To take part in schools projects, your participants must be:  

  • pupils or students registered at a school in the UK or a British Overseas Territory
For more information on schools projects, visit the schools funding page. 

Read the information for participants page where you can find more detailed information on how you can take part in the Turing Scheme as an individual.

Full eligibility requirements can be found in our programme guide. View the application support available on our sector funding pages.

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