The Study visits programme is an EU programme for decision-makers and specialists in education and vocational training. It is part of the EU’s lifelong learning programme 2007-13 (LLP) (Decision 1720/2006/EC, 5 November 2006). A study visit is a short stay of three to five days in a host country. A group of 10 to 15 education and vocational training specialists and decision-makers come together to explore a theme of common interest. The programme is open to nationals or those working or living in any of the 27 EU Member States, EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) and candidate countries (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey and Croatia). The study visits programme is for those responsible for developing education and vocational training policies at local, regional or national levels. It welcomes, among others directors of education and vocational training establishments, guidance centres and validation and accreditation centres; teacher trainers, education and training inspectors and representatives of employers associations and trade unions.
Cedefop took up coordination of the programme at European level on behalf of the European Commission on 1 January 2008. Cedefop reinforces the quality of the programme, collects, evaluates and disseminates the results, and provides guidance to all involved. At national level, national agencies coordinate the programme.
Participants in study visits acquire new knowledge on the theme of their visit and the education and training systems of participating countries. They learn about new trends and latest developments and establish new contacts.
Study visits are organised under five thematic categories:
- encouraging cooperation between the worlds of education, training and work;
- supporting initial and continuous training of teachers, trainers and education and training institutions' managers;
- promoting acquisition of key competences throughout the education and training system;
- promoting social inclusion and gender equality in education and training, including integration of migrants;
- developing strategies for lifelong learning and mobility.
Participants bring back new ideas to their institutions to help introduce new methods and approaches to services, innovative ways of learning, and wider training or service offers. They use their new contacts to develop cooperation projects.
Through exchanging experiences, networking and disseminating findings, the study visits programme supports European cooperation on developing lifelong learning policies.
How to participate
The study visits programme is drawing to an end in 2013/14.
Contact Details: Michaela Feuerstein
Study visits website: studyvisits.cedefop.europa.eu