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According to 2016-01-D-49-en-4 Orig.: EN Guidelines on Organizing Students’ Mobility from and to the European Schools, temporarily visiting other schools in a different country gives students the chance to develop more intensively in many regards, for example to improve their language skills and to mature through experiencing a different educational and cultural environment. European Schools offer the possibility of hosting other students as well as supporting their students to visit other schools. Both can take place as real exchanges (visit and return visit) or as one-way visits. They are known collectively as "student mobility programmes".

In our school, this programme gives to some students in S5 the possibility to spend 5 to 6 weeks in another European School or an accredited European School, and vice versa. The application has to be done during the year of S4. Due to organizational reasons, the number of students that can be admitted to this programme is limited, and not all the requests can be fulfilled.

In order to be approved, a school exchange needs the approval of the directors of both schools involved. The class council provides advice – notably on the school results and on the behavior of the pupil.

Since the sanitary and public health situation is different in among the Member States and the situation is constantly evolving, exchanges and mobility programs can only take place on condition that the national or local health regulations and travel restrictions are respected.

The school cannot be held liable for any expenses in case of cancellation of the exchange program, including travel restrictions or other conditions.


  • Parents have to find a school which offers a linguistic section of the student in question,
  • taking into account that the student has to be able to follow their subjects as much as possible.
  • The request has to be done as soon as possible and not later than January 27rd.

The request, to be handed to the coordinator until 27 January 2023 comprises the following annexes of 2016-01-D-49-en-4:

  • Annex 2 - Application form
  • Part 1 of annex 4 - Health form
  • Annex 5 - Parents’ consent form
  • A personal statement, written by the pupil, explaining why they would like to take part in the exchange programme

If a host family is found, guardians must hand in the following documents:

  • Annex 3 - Host family information
  • Part 2 of annex 4 - Health form
  • Annex 6 - Host family charter
  • Annex 9 - Crisis contact list

Before the final decision, guardians must hand in annex 7 - Learning agreement.

Annex 7 - Post-exchange report (self-evaluation) is to be completed by the student upon their return.

Some important remarks

  • The student has to be able to catch up some lost subjects and be aware to study extra on subjects that she/he cannot follow in the host school
  • The student has to be mature enough
  • The student has to think very well before the request is done
  • Parents and pupils have to do their part themselves
  • Finding a host family is often a big problem. It is an advantage if you know families in the area the student wants to go

Some important dates

  • 27 January 2023: Deadline for submission of the complete dossier (excluding annexes 3, 6, 9 and part 2 of annex 4).
  • March 2023: Feedback from host schools
  • 30 April 2023: Finalization of the dossier with annexes 3, 6, 9 and part 2 of annex 4

Mobility Coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

School of European Education Heraklion

Savathianon & A. Nioti 8
  P.O. Box 2099
  71202 Heraklion
+30 2810 301780


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