Best Practice from Denmark

Danish secondary school pupils who want to participate in a long-term individual mobility scheme have recently been given the opportunity to receive financial support from the government. The intention to support high school exchanges was written into the governmental declaration of January 2002. With the approval of the state budget in December 2002, 10,000,000 DKK (approximately € 1,350,000) were allocated to a grant system called “A School Year Abroad”. The objective of the scheme is “to strengthen young people’s professional, personal and intercultural competencies through an exchange year abroad”. The text states that the following criteria should be followed:

  • Any participant must be under 18 years when s/he starts the exchange;
  • Only exchanges with governmentally approved organisations can be supported. The following exchange organisations have been approved: AFS, YFU, EF, STS High School Foundation, Eurostudy, Language Education Denmark and Rotary.
  • Only school exchanges with a duration of minimum 10 months can be supported;
  • The exchange student must attend a school level similar to his or her age group in the host country and the school must be acknowledged in the host country as a school that can be attended by national residents in the host country as a part of their educational curriculum;
  • The exchange must include a host family stay and from the beginning only one host family should be planned;
  • The support per person is set at 10,000 DKK (approximately € 1,345 ).

(Mobility of Secondary School Pupils and Recognition of Study Periods Spent Abroad, EFIL)