The national teacher exchange pilot programme allows student teachers and recent graduates from universities of teacher education and other teacher training institutions to undertake a teaching assignment in another language region of Switzerland.

Students and newly-qualified teachers can gain professional experience by working as trainees in a host classroom (at primary or lower secondary level) to teach their native language and play an active role in shaping lessons. At the same time they can also improve their language skills. Such experience in another language region of Switzerland allows participants to experience mobility at several levels: job-related, linguistic, (inter-) cultural and geographic. This not only benefits participants, but also pupils and their teachers in both the short and long term: 

  • Supports the personal and professional development of prospective teachers by improving their methodological and didactic knowledge, and linguistic and intercultural skills 
  • Allows host teachers, school administrators and classes to experience “internationalisation at home“ – intercultural enrichment by engaging with the culture and mentality of another language region without being mobile themselves  
  • Creates a high-quality learning environment for all involved through direct contact with native speakers, and by bringing diversity and variety into the classroom
  • Strengthens synergies and national cooperation within the Swiss education system, and develops and enhances a sustainable national professional network between young and experienced teachers  
  • Offers an easily accessible way to get involved in mobility projects 

The programme is launching in 2019 as a pilot. It offers both short-term mobility (3-4 weeks) and longer-term mobility (3-12 months). 

Who can take part in the pilot programme?

The pilot programme is aimed at students with German, French or Italian in their subject profile (at primary or lower secondary level) who would like to undertake a teaching assignment in another language region of Switzerland. The programme is also open to recent graduates who can embark on a teaching assignment up to 12 months after completing their studies. 

The pilot programme is limited to students/graduates of teacher training institutions that are recognised by the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education EDK. 

How are mobility projects organised?

Teaching assignments for students and recent graduates are organised as mobility projects by the teacher training institutions. In collaboration with a partner institution, teaching assignments are arranged at primary or lower secondary schools.

Who can submit projects and funding applications?

Project applications may only be submitted by teacher training institutions, not by individual students. 

Institutions that send students on an exchange should apply to Movetia for funding. 

What support does Movetia offer?

Movetia offers participating student teachers and recent graduates financial support to help cover the costs associated with the mobility. In addition, Movetia supports applicant teacher training institutions as well as their partner institutions for the general organisation of mobility projects and for arranging teaching assignments.

Movetia also contributes to establishing a national professional network which can be developed during the mobility and which provides low-threshold access to an (initial) mobility project.

Whom should interested persons contact?

Students and recent graduates should contact the International Relations Office or the office responsible for language training at their home institution for general information and details of deadlines, requirements, documents, etc. 
Institutions that are interested in taking part in the pilot programme can address their enquiries to Movetia directly.  

The first mobility placements of the National Teacher Exchange pilot programme have been successfully carried out. Two students, the UTE Schaffhausen and a host school tell us about their experiences with the programme. Let them inspire and convince you!

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