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
EEE-YFU, EFIL, and OBESSU released a joint position paper about pupil mobility in Erasmus+. We call for more investments in pupil mobility and for greater involvement of non-for-profit organisations in the management of pupil mobility schemes in the future Erasmus+. Pupil mobility is suffering in the current Erasmus + With the previous “Comenius Programme” being(…)
The European Commission has launched a consultation on promoting shared values through education. The consultation is part of the follow-up of the Paris Declaration on promoting citizenship and the values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education. Two years after the Paris Declaration, looking back at the actions undertaken at the European and national levels , we recognise(…)
The Communication recently adopted by the European Commission calls for more pupil mobility and for more initiatives to support teaching in diverse classrooms. On both points, YFU can bring expertise and vision! On May 30th, the European Commission adopted a specific Communication on School Development and Excellent Teaching, aiming at: raising the quality and inclusiveness of schools;(…)
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(…)