Would you like to submit an application for an exchange project but don’t know where to start? Once you have answered the following eight questions, you will be ready to complete your project proposal successfully.

1. What is the objective of your exchange project?

First of all, you should think about what you want to achieve with the exchange project. In which ways could an exchange, a mobility scheme or a cooperation project benefit your organisation, apprentices, pupils, students or employees or the young adults you work with? If you have an objective in mind, it will be easier to answer the following questions.

Examples of possible objectives:

  • Fostering international and/or intercultural relations
  • Expanding networks
  • Improving language skills
  • Expanding intercultural or specialist skills
  • Acquiring soft skills
  • Enhancing employability
  • Personal development

2. Who is taking part in the project? Do the participants’ needs match the objective?

If your objective fits the interests and needs of the participants, you can count on participants’ support and commitment.

Possible participants:

  • School pupils, apprentices, students, young adults
  • Teachers, instructors, youth workers, lecturers
  • Further employees of educational institutions

3. What will the exchange project involve?

Which activities will your project involve? Which activities are suitable for achieving the objectives set?

Possible formats:

  • Internship abroad or in another language region in Switzerland
  • Semester at another school/higher education institution
  • Individual exchange for young adults such as holiday exchange programmes or the Impariamo Insieme programme
  • Class exchange (national and international)
  • Youth exchange
  • Job shadowing
  • Further training
  • Teaching work abroad or in another language region in Switzerland

Get more inspiration on how to design your exchange, mobility or cooperation project on our Good practice page.

4. Where will the exchange take place? Which programme is suited to the project’s objective?

You can do exchange projects in Switzerland, Europe and worldwide. There are various programmes for this at Movetia. On our Programmes page, you can find the right programme for you and the possible destinations.

5. How long will the exchange last?

An exchange can last between two days and 12 months. Depending on the objective and the programme selected, you can adapt the duration according to the needs of your project and its participants. 

6. Which partner(s) do you want to work with?

An important part of the exchange project is of course to find the right partner.

Do you already have a partner? If not, the article on searching for a partner will help you.

Please also be aware that Movetia provides financial support for visits to future project partners, the establishment of contacts and preparation for projects in Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe. You can find further information on this here (for Switzerland) and here (for Europe).

7. Who is involved in the project? Which responsibilities do they have?

Who is responsible for the exchange project? Who will help with preparation for and support during the stay? How will you work with the partners and who will handle which tasks? Answer these questions in your team to ensure that the project runs smoothly.

8. Is the application for funding complete and understandable?

After answering the above questions, you can now fill in the application for funding. Once you have done so, it is best to have someone else who is not involved with the project read through the application. That way, you can be sure that it is easy to understand and complete.

Any questions? Would you like to arrange a personal discussion with a Movetia expert? Before every application deadline, we offer you an opportunity to get in contact with us at the project lounge. You are also welcome to contact us by e-mail.