What is the FGYO?
The Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) is an international organization serving Franco-German cooperation, with its head office in Paris, offices in Berlin and in Saarbrücken. Created by the Elysée Treaty in 1963, the FGYO's mission is to strengthen the bonds between young people in both countries, to strengthen their mutual understanding and thereby develop the exchange with their neighboring country.
How many people work at the FGYO and what are their functions?
The structure of the FGYO's teams and their organization reflect the binational dimension of the organization itself. The staff work together in binational Franco-German teams in the various departments of the FGYO. To find out more about the internal organization of the FGYO and to find the right contact person for your requests, please consult our organizational chart.
What types of exchanges does the FGYO encourage?
Since 1963, the FGYO has enabled 9 million young people from France and Germany to participate in approximately 320,000 exchange programs. In 2018, the FGYO subsidized about 7,900 exchange programs during which participating young people took part in different activities like:
- extracurricular activities in a Franco-German environment,
- participating in a school exchange with an institution in the partner country,
- taking German or French language courses,
- attending a school or university in the partner country,
- leading an individual project in the partner country,
- participating in training to become a qualified facilitator in Franco-German youth meetings,
- being a volunteer or doing an internship in the partner country.
Who are the FGYO’s partners that organize youth meetings?
The FGYO finances and supports youth exchange and training programs as well as individual stays. Group exchanges and language courses are organized by our partners, involved in different fields of education and youth work. These are, for example:
- youth and educational associations,
- town-twinning committees,
- sports clubs,
- schools and universities,
- education centers,
- language schools,
- commercial guilds and trade unions,
- local governments.
How can I participate in the FGYO's programs?
To participate in one of the many programs offered by the FGYO and its partners, please select a program according to your interests and availability and follow the application procedures indicated on the page of the program. Most often, you can register or apply online or send your application directly to the project organizers.
I would like to do an internship at the FGYO. How can I apply?
Please consult the offers on the FGYO’s website and send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I enroll my child in a language course organized by the FGYO?
No, the FGYO subsidizes German and French courses for children and teenagers organized by partner organizations such as twinning committees, associations, schools, etc. Many language course formats are available, depending on the age and language level of the participants.
I wish to apply for a scholarship for an intensive language course, but I do not meet all the criteria or the course will start in less than two months. What should I do?
Please get in touch with colleagues in the "Intercultural formation" office. You can find their contact details here.
What is the procedure for submitting a grant application as a project organizer?
Projects funded by the FGYO are based on the principles of cooperation and reciprocity between the partners. Subsidizing depends on the quality of the project and its objectives described in the project presentation. The project should encourage the coming together of young people from all three countries, consider the intercultural dimension of the meeting and plan for the active participation of the young people.
Grant applications are submitted either directly to the FGYO or to a central organization designated by the FGYO such as a federation or the school authorities.
Generally speaking, the partner from the country where the first phase of the project takes place should submit a general application in line with the rules stated, on behalf of the three partners, for all phases of the exchange project, for the participants from France, Germany and the third country, at the latest three months before the start of the project or within the deadline indicated on the program page.
For more information, please consult the guidelines of the FGYO or search for program formats adapted to your projects.
What documents must be returned and completed for the final statement by the project organizers?
The final statement includes the following documents:
- detailed report on the implementation of the project,
- detailed program of the project,
- lists of participants and accompanying staff with an original copy of their signatures,
- balance sheet with all receipts and expenses and supporting documents
- documents used for communication on the project and the FGYO.
For more information on the content of these documents and deadlines, please consult the guidelines of the FGYO.
I am organizing a contest and I would like to give away small FGYO-prizes. How can I order them?
Please complete the online form.
I am planning an event as part of the Franco-German week. When and how can I request assistance from the FGYO?
Please consult the call for projects for the Franco-German Day.
I do not wish to receive the FGYO magazine or I wish to change the contact details or the name of the person to whom it is addressed.
Please contact us : email@example.com.
What subsidies can be requested when setting up a trilateral exchange?
Several grants are available for various trilateral programs. Depending on your field of activity, you can contact Department II (School exchanges and extracurricular exchanges), Department III (Vocational training and university exchanges) or Department IV (Intercultural trainings) for more information. Please consult the subsidy guidelines of the FGYO for school exchanges.
Which programs of the FGYO are open to third countries?
Several of the FGYO’s programs are open to third countries. It is the German or French partner organization that submits the application for funding of trilateral projects. The following program formats are available.
International voluntary projects
Young people looking to get involved in international charity work can volunteer to do social work or work for a good cause like the protection of the environment by participating in international youth projects in France or Germany.
Extracurricular youth meetings
The FGYO supports extracurricular exchange programs where children and teenagers meet like-minded young people from France, Germany and other countries. Together they work on exciting projects in the fields of culture, sports, the arts or social work.
Exchange during professional training or university studies
To promote professional mobility and international cooperation in the fields of education and research is a main priority of the FGYO. We support exchanges and projects between professional and higher education institutions.
Training courses for intercultural youth leaders and facilitators
Our training courses provide a solid foundation in the field of intercultural youth exchanges. Our partner organizations offer courses on language animation, training courses for group interpreters and other trilateral training dealing with topics like project planning, program design, intercultural learning methods and much more. Upon completion, participants can receive an FGYO certificate.
- I am organizing a school trip to Germany or France. What kind of assistance can the FGYO provide?
What is an exchange in a third location?
It is an exchange bringing together young people from France, Germany and possibly from a third country, who meet for a project and stay together in a place other than the partners' home city, for example in a youth hostel or a visitor center.
- I want to set up an exchange with educational institutions, how can I do that?
- We are a collective of young artists and we wish to set up an exhibition, a festival or another project with partners from several countries, including France and Germany. What kind of assistance can the FGYO provide?
I am preparing a big cultural project and I would like to know if the FGYO would be interested in sponsoring it.
Please get in touch with colleagues in the "Communication and Events" office. You can find their contact details here.
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