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Turing Scheme 2021-22

Northumbria receives generous funding from Turing Scheme to support international mobility in the academic year 2021-22 

The new government-funded Turing Scheme to support outward student mobility will see 35,000 UK students travel overseas in the next year on work and study placements. The £100 million programme will focus on supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds, fostering partnerships globally, developing key employability skills and providing value for UK taxpayers.   

Northumbria University has secured almost £500,000 to support over 200 students, of which 108 are from disadvantaged backgrounds.  

One major advantage of the Turing scheme is that it provides short summer opportunities. For the academic year 2021/2022 we have secured funding for 3 summer opportunities located in Colombia, Mexico and Fiji. The funding will cover the cost of the programmes listed below as well as covering extra costs such as COVID testing, passport, visa and insurance, students will need funds to cover personal costs such as food and daily spending if not covered by the programme. However due to the locations of the scheme this cost will be low on all schemes. We are delighted to share that we have received an extra £250 per-student to help with daily living costs, if students would like to speak to us about their personal situation please contact the study abroad team. In total the funding will cover between 70-80% of costs. 

Undergraduates students from foundation, first and second year who have not applied to study abroad can apply. 

The Mexico programme, in partnership with UNIVA, is a four-week cultural immersion experience, the dates for this programme are 4th June - 2nd July 2022. Students will be living with Mexican families for the duration of their stay. It is ideal for students who are on courses which have a Unilang module attached to it or courses such as International Business Management with Spanish. However, we will accept students from any course. While in Mexico students will be studying with UNIVA where they will be able to develop knowledge on Mexican culture, intercultural communication and how to do business between countries. Included in the experience is a social mobility program in Tapala, which aims to help develop social action activities. Turing funding along with APP funding will cover the cost of the programme, flights, COVID tests, passport and visa expenses. Students will have an extra £270 which will help with living and additional expenses. Students will also have the opportunity to visit cities within Mexico including Mexico City, Guanajuato and Tequila.  

The Colombia programme is a six-week programme running from 4th June - 16th July 2022. The programme includes a work placement with local companies and NGOs as well as a professional development programme. The experience is organised by The Intern Group, students will apply to their preferred role within organisations that The Intern Group are partnered with. The partners are from a wide range of career sectors, therefore students from all courses can apply to take part in the programme. The programme includes accommodation, with students having to pay for their living expenses. Similar to the Mexico programme Turing funding along with APP funding will cover the cost of the programme, flights, COVID tests, passport and visa expenses. Students will have an extra £165 which will help with living and additional expenses. You can find out more on The Intern Group website. 

The Fiji programme is a four-week programme from 4th June – 2nd July 2022. The programme is organised through Think Pacific who have a long history in supporting Fiji and its communities as well as a long history taking students to support their mission. While students are in Fiji they will take part in the Youth Expedition programme. You will Join a traditional village, become a member of a Fijian family and work in partnership with Fijian youth groups of your village (aged 18-30) as you explore local and global issues, develop cross-cultural skills and innovative solutions to achieve Fiji’s National Development Plan and UN Sustainable Development Goals. As with the Mexico and Colombia programmes Turing funding along with APP funding will cover the cost of the programme, flights, COVID tests, passport and visa expenses. Students who take part in the Fiji programme will need personal funds for living and additional expenses. You can find out more on Think Pacific website.

 You must apply via our application portal and not the partner website. 

To apply for one of the summer programmes students will be required to write a motivational statement on why they are applying to the scheme. We are looking for a personal statement no longer than one-two pages of A4, it is not a academic piece of writing.

*Applications for our 2022 Turing programmes have now closed*

You will need to sign up to the application portal, following the link below.  Ensure that you follow each of the bullet points below to sign up to the portal:

  • Ensure that you are using Google Chrome or Firefox as your web browser - the portal and subsequent application form will not work correctly with Internet Explorer or Safari.
  • When signing up to the portal please ensure that you use your Northumbria University e-mail address.  Applications coming from external e-mail addresses (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo) will be rejected and deleted without notification
  • Your Northumbria University e-mail address should have your full name format (e.g., not your username (e.g.  Applications coming from NU usernames will also be rejected and deleted as they will not work with secondary processes in the system.
  • Ensure that you add the e-mail address to your 'safe senders' list in your Northumbria Outlook mail settings BEFORE signing up to the portal so that you receive all notifcations from the application system.  Failure to add this address to the 'safe senders' list will result in all notification e-mails going into your junk mail folder.

Once you have followed all 4 bullet points above, you can register on the application portal.

Click here to access the application portal

As part of the scheme we have additional funding for students to become ambassadors for short summer opportunities. This could involve taking over our social media to post highlights, creating videos of your experience, speaking to students who will take up the opportunities in the future, joining the team at events and open days. 

More information on these schemes can be found on the providers websites, students can book a 121 with us to discuss any part of the scheme with a member of the International Mobility Team.    

*These programmes are specifically funded for undergraduates that are home fee status students from the following backgrounds: low participation neighbourhoods; mature students; Black, Asian and minority ethnic students; low-income backgrounds; disabled students; care-leavers and carers; estranged students; Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller communities; female students into STEM State school students (from schools with below average attainment); children from military families; first generation students. 

If students or staff require anymore information please contact the study abroad team:  


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