‘I learned so much during the study visit. Discussing in a group of open-minded and dedicated professionals who have the same objectives but working different context was challenging and stimulating. I brought back a lot of good ideas’. The impact of the study visits programme on education and training policy and practice in Europe is considerable.

The call for applications to participate in the study visits programme for education and vocational training decision-makers and specialists is open NOW!

The visits will take place between March and June 2014. These are the last study visits in the Lifelong learning programme (2007-13) that draws to an end.

144 study visits will take place in 29 European countries and will explore about 30 various topics, which are in line with the latest European priorities in education: among others, 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.

Participating in study visits is beneficial for those responsible for educational and vocational training policies at local, regional and national levels, including directors of education and vocational training establishments, guidance centres and validation and accreditation centres; teacher trainers; education and training inspectors as well as 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 15 October 2013.