Comenius Individual Pupil mobility
What is the Comenius IPM?
The Comenius Individual Pupil Mobility (IPM) project is one of the sub-programmes of the EU's Comenius programme. In Comenius IPM, secondary school students are sent from one European country to another for a one-year exchange - in most cases. As it is the case with YFU programmes, the pupils stay in host families and study at a local school.
EEE-YFU's work with Comenius IPM
Given the similarities in the Comenius IPM exchanges and the exchanges provided by EEE-YFU member organisations, EEE-YFU has always been very interested in the developments of this project.
Prior to the start of the Comenius IPM programme, a pilot project was carried out by EEE-YFU together with European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL), the European Umbrella organisation for AFS organisations. The final report of the Individual Mobility Project was handed in to the European Commission in 2008. The tender was divided into three parts: study phase, pilot phase and recommendation phase. From these recommendation, the Commission begun to develop the structure of the programme which started in 2010.
Launching the project
The Comenius IPM Project was launched in 2010, when already 13 Member states took part. In total, almost 700 exchange students participated in the programme and France, Spain and Italy were by far the biggest countries in terms of both outbound and inbound students. The project kept going, including more and more countries each year. From the very beginning, this opportunity was already highly valued by both pupils and parents, who perceive it as a valuable experience at a crucial phase of life and an asset for future studies and careers.
Erasmus for All and individual pupil mobility
Find out more about pupil mobility in the Commission's Guide to Comenius IPM.
If you want to know more about the implementation of the programme in your country, please contact your National Agency .
News on mobility
31/05/2017: MEP Negrescu formally registered the parliamentary question to debate the issue of “recognise study abroad” at the European’s Parliament plenary session. What happened? The campaign #RecogniseStudyAbroad, initiated by EEE-YFU and EFIL last year, found the support of many members of the European Parliament. In particular, MEP Victor Negrescu took the initiative to table a question(…)
In view of the revision of the 2006 Key Competences Framework, EEE-YFU released its position paper calling for better recognition and inclusion of global competence. The European Commission is going to review the 2006 Key Competences Framework, a very important tool that set guidelines for educational systems across Europe. This framework identifies and describes(…)
On 29th March 2017, the event #RecogniseStudyAbroad was hosted at the European Parliament, with the aim to launch the collection of signatures for the written question proposed by MEP Victor Negrescu. The campaign is achieving concrete results EEE-YFU and its partners EFIL, OBESSU, EPA, Euroclio and KeyCoNet succeeded in raising awareness about the(…)
The European Parliament’s report on the mid-term evaluation of the Erasmus+ includes all the main points raised by EEE-YFU. At the beginning of February 2017, the European Parliament adopted its report on the mid-term evaluation of the Erasmus+ programme, which was started in 2014 to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe by merging seven prior(…)
As the voice of YFU organisations on European level, EEE-YFU represents YFU’s interests towards EU institutions as a part of its advocacy work, often in partnership with other youth organisations. The Pool of Representatives (PoR), comprising of about 20 YFU volunteers from all across Europe, actively supports EEE-YFU to ensure that YFU is well represented(…)