Objectives

“Europa macht Schule” (“Europe meets School”) is a voluntary programme that aims to promote interaction among Europeans. It aims to bring the idea of European exchange to life and ensure greater knowledge and understanding of each other. It offers participants a first-hand experience of Europe, its people and its cultures.

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The “Europa macht Schule” (“Europe meets School”) programme promotes cross-cultural exchange as an active contribution to understanding between the peoples of Europe. By taking part in “Europa macht Schule”, those involved find out about the differences and similarities between the neighbouring countries of Europe. This adds a first-hand dimension to individuals’ theoretical knowledge as well as helping to overcome prejudice.

A European sense of togetherness

By enabling direct, personal contact among young Europeans, the aim is to promote a European sense of togetherness and consolidate European unity. Guest students from all over Europe can become ambassadors for their home country. They present their home country and its specific cultural, historical, social and political characteristics in creative ways in schools throughout Germany.

Participating pupils are offered first-hand access to another European country, while guest students can relate to their host country on a deeper, more intense level – so Europe comes alive! That way, “Europa macht Schule” is to stimulate an interest in social and political involvement among participants.

"Europa macht Schule" (“Europe meets School")

… creates a specific point of access to the topic area of “Europe”.

… makes the idea of European exchange a lively and tangible experience.

… increases knowledge of other cultures within Europe.

… encourages European mobility among school pupils.

… contributes towards making guest students’ stays in Germany successful.

Vibrant and concrete exchange

The programme supplements study visits by European guest students to Germany. It allows them to access a German life-world outside the university and puts them in direct contact with local people. This way, they get to know Germany much more closely than they otherwise would and the experience can pave the way for positive connections. The programme enables them to improve their language skills and get to know the German educational system as well as providing opportunities to engage with people outside the university environment. What is more, guest students develop pedagogical and presentation skills that will benefit them in their studies.

This interactive European project also enriches school routine.  “Europa macht Schule” (“Europe meets School”) gives school pupils a first-hand perspective on another European country through the guest student. It provides insights into the diversity of European lifestyles and mentalities, potentially encouraging individuals to consider a stay abroad themselves.

Our locations overview page features an interactive map (only in German) showing the cities in which “Europa macht Schule” is currently in progress.

For a first-hand impression of “Europa macht Schule”, see the video clip:

"Europa macht Schule" video clip (with English subtitles)

"Europa macht Schule" video clip (with English subtitles)

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Download: Info flyer "Europe meets School" (pdf, 884.10 KB)