Within the framework of mobility projects, teachers and other school staff can undertake further training, job shadowings and teaching activities in other European countries. Learning stays by pupils are also supported.

Exchange projects in Europe for Swiss pupils as well as those working in Swiss schools

The European Mobility School Education Programme gives teachers, other educational staff and pupils from Switzerland the opportunity to improve their skills at schools in other European countries. To strenghten cooperation between schools, learning visits by European pupils to schools in Switzerland are also supported. It is also possible to select external specialists (Invited Experts) and ask them to visiti Swiss institutions. The objective is to develop quality and promote innovation at Swiss schools as well as to encourage teachers and pupils to be open and receptive to the social, linguistic and cultural diversity in Europe.

Which activities are supported?

Teachers and educational staff:

  • Structured staff training courses
  • Teaching observation in classrooms (job shadowing)
  • Teaching assignments

Invited Experts:

  • European experts are invited to visit Swiss institutions

Pupils:

  • Exchange between groups of pupils from Switzerland and European countries (group mobility, outgoing and incoming)
  • Learning visits by pupils from a school in Switzerland to a school in Europe (individual mobility, outgoing)
  • Learning visits by pupils from a school in Europe to a school in Switzerland (individual mobility, incoming)

Which countries can be considered for a mobility?

  • The 27 EU member states
  • Great Britain
  • The EFTA / EEA states Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway
  • Turkey, North Macedonia and Serbia

How long does a mobility project last?

  • Project duration: 1 or 2 years
  • Duration of individual activities: 2 days to 1 year (excluding travel time)

An unlimited number of activities can be applied for within a project. 

Who can submit an application?

Applications can be submitted by general education schools based in Switzerland, from pre-school to upper secondary level. Applications cannot be submitted by individuals. Consortia* are also eligible.

*Swiss school education institutions (schools, universities of teacher education, cantonal administrations, associations etc.) can submit an application involving participants from several schools (at least one school and one coordinating institution).

Who can take part in mobility projects?

  • Teachers and other educational staff employed at a school based in Switzerland
  • Pupils attending a school providing general education based in Switzerland

How are Movetia projects supported?

Funding for mobility projects is generally based on flat-rate amounts for travel, subsistence (costs of stay), organisation and course costs. Grants are also paid for language preparation and additional costs due to special needs.

The grants depend on the duration of the mobility, the planned activities, the number of participants and the destination country.

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