“Observing learning practice in another country…allows you to see your own work in a new light” (A head teacher from Austria)

The next round of the study visits programme involves 119 study visits in 28 European countries,  scheduled between September 2013 and February 2014.

The three-to-five day visits will explore about thirty different topics of relevance to European priorities in education. These include:

  • promoting acquisition of key competences (language teaching and learning, education for active citizenship and sustainable development and ICT use);
  • promoting work-based learning and transition from education and training to the world of work;
  • cooperation between education and training institutions, enterprises and local communities;
  • equal opportunities for disadvantaged groups; 
  • supporting initial and continuing training of teachers, trainers and educational leaders.

Who can benefit?

Policy-makers in the education and training field – local, regional or national; Directors of education/vocational training establishments, guidance centres or validation and accreditation centres; Teacher trainers; Education and training inspectors; Representatives of employers’ associations and trade unions.
Interested candidates should consult national agencies in their countries and submit their applications online at the study visits website by 12 noon Central European Time on 28 March 2013. The study visits programme will be ending in 2014.

Unlocking the potential

Between 2008 and 2011, 7.615 people from 33 countries received a grant from the EU to take part in 719 study visits organised in 29 countries. The visits were hosted by around 500 education and training institutions and organisations; 97% of participants and 96% of organisers reported that they were satisfied with their study visits. But what did they do with their new knowledge and experience after the visit? Cedefop surveyed both participants and organisers to find out.

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