Having a possibility to spend some period of your secondary education abroad sounds like a great opportunity! Some school students decide to take up an exchange programme, for some it means the whole family moving abroad. Still, it is accessible for a very small group of students, as information tools and means are missing.

Since late 2016 OBESSU, jointly with the European Educational Exchanges - Youth for Understanding (EEE-YFU), European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL) and European School Heads Association (ESHA), has been developing a joint position on school students’ mobility within the Erasmus+ Programme, which is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. One of the main objectives of this programme is to foster mobility opportunities for learners across Europe. However, what is offered to school students is very limited, both in terms of quantity, as well as quality.

In this joint position, we call for more investment in school students’ mobility, to increase the numbers of individual students who can experience and benefit from studying abroad. We are also advocating for facilitating more cooperation between non-formal education providers and formal education sector – engaging with civil society organisations will allow to prepare more quality offers, build stronger support structures and better promote the mobility opportunities.

We hope that this position, submitted as part of the mid-term review of the Erasmus+ Programme, will contribute to shaping its new generation and bringing greater benefit to European school students.

You can consult and download the full position here