Opportunities for a stay in France (FGYO)

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Anyone who wants to spend some time in France during their studies has various different possibilities to choose from. A lot of partnerships and cooperations exist with our neighbouring country – great opportunities for cultural, social or professional exchanges. One possible organisation which offers advice and assistance to anyone interested in exchange programmes with France is the “Franco-German Youth Office” (FGYO/DFJW).

Marie Kösters, FGYO Young Ambassador in Munich has presented the various offers of the FGYO in an interview.

The Young Ambassadors of the FGYO - mostly former participants of exchange activities, now still studying or just having begun to work - are the people to contact in the individual “Bundesländer” and “régions”. Apart from the Young Ambassador, you can also retrieve a list of regional partner organisations via an interactive map on the FGYO’s website.

Erasmus is a well-known exchange programme for students. What further possibilities for an exchange exist that could be interesting for students?

Marie Kösters: “Other than the well-known Erasmus support for studying abroad, the FGYO offers a broad variety of opportunities for receiving support, which in most cases are available independent of a university education. This variety offers individual and exciting projects and experiences for practically any student.

Apart from cultural and everyday customs, staying abroad can extend your professional skills. For young adults between 18 and 30 years of age, the FGYO for instance offers scholarships for participating in international internships in France. Every internship in France requires an internship agreement, which is usually provided by educational institutions. This in particular poses a problem when an internship is to be done before beginning your studies, between two courses of studies or as a voluntary internship and therefore the German university cannot provide the document. For this reason, the FGYO provides this document via its programme PRAXES for internships lasting between one and six months.

Also mandatory internships in France lasting between one and three months, which are recognized by the German home university as part of a Bachelor’s programme, can be supported by the FGYO by means of a scholarship.

Additionally, the FGYO offers students studying in the field of education further training possibilities. Via the programme mobiklasse.de, young teachers between 20 and 30 years of age go on a 10-month tour of schools in the whole of France, motivating pupils to learn German.”

Every year, the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) approximately supports 190,000 adolescents and young adults from Germany, France or in trilateral programmes also from other countries, with exchange opportunities. The 8,000 individual and group meetings every year offer an opportunity for everyone to enhance one’s language skills as well as to experience oneself and living together in Europe from a different perspective.

More information on the FGYO: www.fgyo.org