International Study Opportunities

Education – in the House of Commons on 1st March 2021.

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Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds Conservative, East Hampshire

What steps his Department is taking to increase international study opportunities for students.

Photo of Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson The Secretary of State for Education

The Government are committed to international study opportunities. We have demonstrated that through our introduction of the Turing scheme and our recent update to the international education strategy. The new Turing scheme is backed by £110 million and provides funding for around 35,000 students in universities, colleges and schools to go on placements and exchanges around the world, starting in September this year.

Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds Conservative, East Hampshire

I am grateful to the Secretary of State for that response. Like him, I very much welcome the widening of partnerships and cultural discovery that will be possible under the Turing scheme, but will he say how he will ensure that the scheme also widens access, including for young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds?

Photo of Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson The Secretary of State for Education

We are putting in place additional support for students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds to help cover the cost of travel to those destinations. It is vital that, as we construct the Turing scheme and we invite new partners into it, we do so such that it is a brilliant way of creating opportunities for children of every single background to study abroad and understand the benefits of working collaboratively on the international stage.