Pupils take part in an exchange with those of the same age from other cultural and language areas outside Europe: thanks to international partnerships, Swiss schools can organise an exchange for their pupils, and thereby gather experiences from throughout the world for the classroom. The participating pupils from both countries develop a project together and also meet in person, along with their teachers.

International school partnerships for globally networked schools

With international school partnerships, young people can gain their first experiences of intercultural cooperation. This is becoming increasingly important for their educational career and working life. The programme for funding international school partnerships supports projects that strive to develop long-term relationships between Swiss and foreign schools. Schools that are well networked internationally are open to new educational approaches and create a dynamic working environment.

Which projects are funded?

Partner schools work together during a school year on a project they specify jointly (time-limited teamwork with topics, procedures and objectives defined in advance). This goes beyond the usual teaching. The pupils communicate via Internet platforms or social networks and meet in person. Individual long-term stays at the partner school can also be funded as part of such a partnership.

The partner schools must be in countries that are not already associated with an EU, educational, VET or youth programme. 

Who can submit a project?

All Swiss schools at primary, secondary level I and II (grammar schools and general schools) are entitled to participate.

Grant requests can be submitted by head teachers as well as teachers.

How does the application process work?

From 2019, a new, two-stage application procedure applies. In the first phase, applicants submit a project outline. They will then be told whether or not they qualify for the second phase. If they do, they can submit a full application.

What support does Movetia offer?

  • Financial funding: Movetia assumes a maximum of 60% of the project costs. The project applied for must not already be funded by Erasmus+ grants.
  • Consultation: Movetia advises teachers on questions regarding the project application. If you wish to submit a project, you will find recommendations and information on the registration procedure at Submitting an application for funding for an international school partnership.

Points to consider when disseminating project results

The results and products of the projects funded by us are to be shared as widely as possible and made available to other key players in the education system – you drafted a dissemination strategy for this along with your application. Publications and reports connected with the project are required to mention that they received funding from Movetia. Movetia requests this so as to ensure the visibility of exchange and mobility as well as the funding programmes. Movetia is pleased to share your information with others (via website, social media).

The Movetia logo, text modules and our social media information can be found on the “Reporting on projects” page.