On 2 – 3 October 2007, Cedefop will hold an annual meeting of the study visits programme for education and vocational training specialists. This is the first meeting of the representatives of the National Agencies who will implement the programme in the participating countries in the future.
A study visit is a short-term visit of three to five days for a group of 10 15 education and training specialists and decision-makers who examine a particular aspect of lifelong learning in another participating country. Study visits are organised locally or regionally and coordinated by the National Agency.

As from 1 January 2008, this programme consolidates the former Arion study visits of Socrates II for education decision-makers and Cedefop study visits of Leonardo da Vinci II Mobility for those responsible for vocational education and training. It is now open to a wider audience. Cedefop will coordinate the new programme at the European level on behalf of the European Commission.

The study visits provide a forum for discussion, exchange and mutual learning on themes of common interest and of European and national priorities, contributing to the exchange of innovative ideas and practices and promoting the quality and transparency of education and training systems of the participating countries.

Study visits is part of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-13 (LLP) that was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council on 5 November 2006 (Decision 1720/2006/EC, OJ L 327, 24.11.2006.).

The programme is open to nationals or permanent residents of 27 EU Member States, EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) and candidate countries (Turkey).

During more than twenty years, some 26 800 education specialists have taken part in the Arion study visits programme and some 11 400 vocational training specialists have taken part in Cedefop study visits.