Movetia has approved a total of 7,004 educational stays in Europe at various levels of education. Within Switzerland 396 class exchanges with 5,362 school pupils have been subsidised and 138 holiday exchanges arranged. And it is still possible to apply for these programmes.
Movetia, the national agency for the promotion of exchange and mobility, is responsible, as from 2017, for awarding funding for educational periods to be spent abroad and educational projects within the framework of the Swiss Interim Solution for Erasmus+. Switzerland is now taking part only indirectly in this European programme. In June, Movetia concluded the approval of the submitted European mobility projects as planned and earmarked 25.7 million francs for educational periods or traineeships abroad.
Exchange and mobility facilitate important personal and professional experience and, therefore, improve social and work-related skills and employability. At institutional level, European mobility promotes the internationalisation of education and economy. Moreover, the national programmes help to strengthen multilingualism and mutual understanding and, because of that, national solidarity in Switzerland. For this reason, exchange and mobility is promoted and supported by the Confederation and the cantons.