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International

The Turing Scheme is the UK government’s scheme to provide funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world.

It provides 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. 

Launched in September 2021, the Turing Scheme supports global outward mobility for students in the UK. At it's launch in 2021, more than 40,000 students were already preparing to study and work abroad under Turing Scheme funding.

At the Guggenheim in Venice by Christina Barton

Christina Barton (left) on a trip to Venice whilst studying BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking here at Plymouth College of Art.

Named in honour of the renowned British computer scientist and mathematician Alan Turing, the scheme honours the legacy he left, with his work and ethos still resonating strongly with the goals of modern society.

His array of intellectual interests and his fearless and collaborative approach mark him out as an inspiration across educational disciplines.

Inspired by his academic excellence - and the fact that he studied abroad at Princeton University - the Turing Scheme will provide opportunities for future generations of British students, from all backgrounds, to study and work abroad across the globe.

A drawing workshop at Futurelab Shanghai with Plymouth College of Art

At Plymouth College of Art, we are committed to providing a learning and teaching experience which includes an international dimension, and the Turing Scheme is integral to this commitment.

By providing students with global real world experience that is educationally, philosophically and culturally enriching, the Turing Scheme adds to the EU and international partnerships and exchanges the college already has to offer.

Our long-standing history of providing high quality vocational, arts-based education involves providing unique and career-building opportunities, adding value to the UK and global economy and developing key international relationships.

Exploring Venice by Christina Barton

By using the Turing Scheme, students not only take part in an international exchange which offers valuable global experience and real world working environments, it enables an understanding of professional life in creative disciplines. Improving self-confidence, interpersonal skills and networking, the scheme empowers and facilitates life-changing experiences abroad, developing students personally, academically and professionally.

Students who have used the scheme have been found to achieve higher results for their degrees, compared to students who stayed in one place, with evidence also showing that students taking part in the exchange also found work more quickly following graduation. Those who have participated in an international exchange are 44% more likely to hold managerial positions than their peers 10 years after graduation.

The Turing Scheme can also widen the choices available to those students who are eligible to take up the opportunities that our new Common Unit Framework provides - for example spending a Sandwich Year studying abroad, or choosing a Study Abroad Unit.

  • Study Abroad Units (506) and 508) are in the second semester of the year - these are 12 week periods of study that you can undertake abroad while you are studying for your degree.

  • The Sandwich Year (510) is a full year of placement, negotiated with the college with an approved organisation or partner, with continued access to college online resources and support - returning to complete your third year of study.

Plymouth College of Art Alumni are also eligible to apply for funding to help them take up opportunities such as placements and internships.

Turing Scheme funding is available to any Plymouth College of Art Alumni, as long as the placement takes place within 12 months of graduating.

"40% of ex-exchange students move to another country after graduating, with 93% of ex-exchange students imagining themselves living abroad in the future."
Graduate Outcomes Survey
Extended Diploma students visit Barcelona photos by Tobie Loates and Jack Bishop 2

Plymouth College of Art students explore Barcelona.

The Turing Scheme is available to HE students and alumni (placement must take place within the 12 months after graduating) from Plymouth College of Art, providing valuable international work opportunities such as traineeships and vocational training, as well as exchanges with university partners globally.

If you think the Turing Scheme is right for you, get in touch with us via international@pca.ac.uk and we can see what funding is available, depending on the type of placement you’d like to take part in and which country you’d like to visit.

Find out more about the Turing Scheme on their website.