The European programme for school education

The Comenius programme supports pupils in Europe in acquiring cultural and linguistic qualifications and competences in addition to their knowledge of specific school subjects, helping them build skills necessary for their personal development and future employment.
“Young people and the media – apart or a part?” A high school project in Ticino.

“Young people and the media – apart or a part?” A high school project in Ticino.


Individual mobility for learning purposes


Schools across Europe working together

Who can participate in the Comenius programme?

The programme is open to individuals and organisations alike, but applications must be submitted via one of the following institutions:

  • pre-school / primary schools up to upper secondary level
  • teachers and other education staff
  • associations, public bodies and NGOs
  • research centres

Projects that integrate people with special needs can apply for additional funding. Please contact the Comenius programme team:, +41 32 346 18 18.


What are the project application deadlines for Comenius?

  • Comenius Mobility (teaching assignments and training: participation in professional development courses, job-shadowing): 17 March 2014
  • Comenius Partnerships (school and regional partnerships): 30 April 2014


What activities does Comenius Mobility support?

  • Professional development: participation in courses, conferences, job-shadowing.


What activities do Comenius Partnerships support?

  • School partnerships promote cooperation between organisations that are active in general and vocational education. School partnerships can be used to fund pupil and teacher mobility. Partnerships with third countries outside the EU can be integrated in to the project. Number of participants: at least three organisations from three different programme countries.
  • Regio partnerships promote cooperation in school education between regions and cities in Europe. Number of participants: at least two local/regional school authorities from two different programme countries.


In which countries can mobility projects take place?

  • 28 EU Member States
  • Member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA): Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland
  • EU accession candidates: Turkey and Macedonia


How long do the activities supported by Comenius run for?

  • Comenius Mobility: short-term mobilities between two days and six weeks, long-term mobilities up to one year
  • Comenius Partnerships: two or three years


Central actions

In addition to the decentralised actions shown here, which are offered by the ch Foundation, the programme also covers certain central actions. For these, an application must be submitted to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) in Brussels. Further information and project applications.
: For more advice on the centralised actions, you can also contact SwissCore in Brussels.