Foreign Exchange Stays

The EEA Grants support study visits between the Czech Republic and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway in order to improve the skills and competences of pupils, students and people working in the education sector.

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General conditions 

Individuals cannot apply on their own. They must always be part of a project submitted by the institution where they study or work. 

The project must involve at least one partner organisation from Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway – typically a school, but it may also be a private company, research centre, health centre, non-profit organisation, cultural institution, etc. 

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High school students

What activities can I participate in?

Secondary school students can take part in:

  • Trips of groups of students to a partner school, during which they can get to know their foreign counterparts and discover a different environment, culture and way of teaching. These trips can involve groups of up to 20 students. 
  • Study visits, during which they study at a partner school abroad. This activity is suitable for language-ready and independent students. 
  • Work placements at a company or partner school, during which they complete a (compulsory) placement and try out work in a different environment, language and team. 

Who can participate?

Secondary school students must be at least 14 years old to go on these trips abroad. Their school is responsible for the selection and preparation of individual students. The administration before and after the trip is not complicated – all participants must have a pre-planned programme and, on their return, they submit a short final report. 

Where can I go?

To Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland.
Students from these countries may also come to the Czech Republic for studies or a work placement.

For how long?

  • A trip by a group of students to a partner school may last between 5 days and 4 weeks.   

  • A study visit may last between 1 and 6 months. 

  • A work placement at a business or a partner school may last between 5 days and 4 weeks. 

What financial support will I receive?

Students  are eligible to receive a financial contribution towards the cost of their travel and stay abroad. The basic rate is 150 euros per day. In addition, students from disadvantaged groups may be eligible for special support. More details can be found here. 

How to apply?

Students need to contact their school, which then submits an application. A student cannot apply individually. For more information on mobility projects and application process, see the Mobility Projects section.

University students

What activities can I participate in?

University students can take part in:

  • Study visits to a partner school, which may take the form of short-term intensive courses (such as summer schools) or semester-long stays. During their visit, students may also work on their thesis or dissertation. 

  • Work placements, during which students complete a (compulsory) placement and try out work in a different environment, language and team. The host organisations may be companies, training centres, research or cultural institutions, etc. Future teachers can experience working with children in foreign schools or nurseries. 

Study visits can be combined with work placements.

Who can participate?

Students enrolled in bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree programmes may take part. 

Their school is responsible for the selection and preparation of individual students. The administration before and after the trip is not complicated – all participants must have a pre-planned programme and, on their return, they submit a short final report. 

ECTS credits obtained during a visit should be recognised by the student’s institution upon their return.  

Where can I go?

To Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland.
Students from these countries may also come to the Czech Republic to study or on a work placement. 

For how long?

  • A study visit may last between 14 days and 6 months.  

  • Work placements may last between 1 and 6 months. 

What financial support will I receive?

Students are eligible to receive a financial contribution towards the cost of their travel and stay abroad. The basic rate is 1,200 euros per month. In addition, students from disadvantaged groups may be eligible for special support.

How to apply?

Students need to contact their school, which may submit an application. A student cannot apply individually. For more information on mobility projects and application process, see the Mobility Projects section.

Staff of nursery, primary and secondary schools or experts in the field of school education

What activities can I participate in?

Nursery, primary and secondary school staff may take part in teaching stays, during which they participate in teaching at a partner school. 

Another option available to teachers and experts in the field of school education is study visits or training. During these, participants may, for example, shadow their foreign colleagues in their daily activities and learn about what their work entails. 

Who can participate?

  • teaching and non-teaching staff at nursery, primary and secondary schools 

  • employees of public institutions active in the field of education at a national level (e.g. National Teaching Institute, Czech Schools Inspectorate) 

  • employees of regions and municipalities (education authorities). 

Employers are responsible for the selection and preparation of individual participants. The administration before and after the trip is not complicated – all participants must have a pre-planned mobility programme, and on their return they submit a short final report. 

Where can I go?

To Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland.
Staff from these countries may also come to the Czech Republic. 

For how long?

Mobility may last between 5 days and 4 weeks (including travel).  

What financial support will I receive?

Participants are eligible to receive a financial contribution towards the cost of their travel and stay abroad. The basic rate is 200 euros per day.  

How to apply?

The staff need to contact their employer, which then submits an application. The staff cannot apply individually. For more information on mobility projects and application process, see the Mobility Projects section.

University staff

What activities can I participate in?

University staff can take part in:

  • Teaching stays, during which they participate in teaching at a partner school (at least 8 hours per week). Teaching may take the form of lectures, seminars, consultations, the supervision of dissertations, etc. 

  • Training, whether in the form of courses, sitting in on classes, or shadowing in the workplace of the partner organisation. 

Teaching stays and training may be combined. In these cases, the mandatory time spent teaching is reduced to 4 hours per week. 

Who can participate?

Academic and non-academic employees of universities (private, state and public) may take part. 

Employers are responsible for the selection and preparation of individual participants. The administration before and after the trip is not complicated – all participants must have a pre-planned mobility programme, and on their return they submit a short final report.? 

Where can I go?

To Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland.
Staff from these countries may also come to the Czech Republic. 

For how long?

Teaching stays and training may last between 5 days and 4 weeks (including travel).   

What financial support will I receive?

Participants are eligible to receive a financial contribution towards the cost of their travel and stay abroad. The basic rate is 1,250 euros per week. 

The staff need to contact their employer, which then submits an application. The staff cannot apply individually. For more information on mobility projects and application process, see the Mobility Projects section.