Exchanges and mobility are still possible. Despite the known uncertainties, the submissions received during the first call for projects in 2021 made it clear that the changes to the programme have resulted in many new ideas and applications. In the area of school education, 7 out of 14 projects were approved, resulting in 197 new European student mobilities that will take place in the next two years – a number that is sure to increase. This example gives us courage – the courage to keep moving and think outside the box. With a medium- to long-term perspective, we can lay a solid foundation for international educational cooperation that can be used to establish synergies that will benefit us for years to come. The future looks bright.
The overall budget for European mobility projects in 2021 across all areas amounts to more than CHF 37 million (100%). 80% of those funds were awarded in the first round, which means that around CHF 8 million (20%) are available for the second round.
Since many ongoing projects had to be extended and still have enough funding to last them until 2022, considerably fewer applications were submitted in certain areas during the first round. This opened up further funding opportunities for all applicants.
Movetia supports a wide range of mobility activities
The mobility projects include a large number of activities for a broad target audience that are eligible for funding:
The mobility projects can be carried out with partners from the 27 EU member states, Great Britain, the EFTA/EEA states Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, as well as Turkey, Serbia and North Macedonia. Youth work projects can also involve other partner countries that are not included on this list.
In Europe, there is a great deal of interest in cooperation with Switzerland. Based on this response, we can make a wide range of new connections, and not only in places where the focus until now has mainly been on language acquisition, but also in places where learning from one another can result in innovative and enriching experiences.
So, why not start expanding your horizons this fall?
Since there are two (school, adult and vocational education) or three (Youth in Action) rounds of funding every year, you can choose the right project starting time for you and begin your upcoming mobilities as early as January 2022.
Upcoming deadline for school, adult and vocational education: 4 October
Upcoming deadline for Youth in Action: 12 October
As part of the Dispatch on the Promotion of Education, Research and Innovation (BFI) 2021–2024, the programme funding has already been pledged by Parliament and is not dependent on Switzerland’s association to Erasmus+. This means there is nothing standing in the way of the continuation of exchanges and mobilities.