A stay abroad is perfect for the development of intercultural skills in young people. Trilateral youth meetings often can strongly influence students’ learning and have a deeper effect on them than classic binational programs. During an exchange with an international group, participants learn to work on interdisciplinary topics from different European perspectives and thus to approach them in a lively way.
Considering the increasing responsibility of France and Germany in Europe and the deepening relations with third countries, the FGYO therefore encourages and helps trilateral student exchange programs.
The transfer and sharing of experiences from the Franco-German reconciliation process after the Second World War plays a special role for the FGYO in the hope that other countries and regions will take this as inspiration in order to overcome their own conflicts. Because the youth meetings cover current topics and events, theoretical content becomes more tangible and children and young people learn to see themselves as active participants in current topics and questions.
At the same time, a trilateral meeting and international group dynamics are a suitable pedagogical framework for the acquisition of important social skills. They promote flexibility among participants and their ability to engage with the unknown and to accept other points of view.
Priority regions for trilateral programs are the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, South-East Europe, the Mediterranean as well as European countries in a crisis. It is also possible to organize projects with other countries in Europe if the subjects addressed are in line with the guidelines, priorities and objectives of the FGYO. However, the above-mentioned regions remain priority regions.
1.9.2018 - 30.9.2027, France (in progress)
- Research on South Eastern Europe
- Center for Southeast european studies
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für auswärtige Politik e.V.
- Institut français des relations internationales
- Südosteuropa Gesellschaft
- Stiftung für Wirtschaft und Politik
- Centre de recherches internationales
- Fondation Jean Jeaurès
- Regional cooperation Council
- Le courrier des Balkans
- Observatorio Balcani e Caucaso
- Balkan Insight
Advantages of the program
Trilateral encounters sustainably promote an understanding of the history and culture of the participating countries, as well as the living conditions of the participants. This favors the development of openness and tolerance for new perspectives and the capacity to adopt a different view of one's own culture. By dealing with social and political issues, the participants learn early on what it means to get involved.
Trilateral exchange programs foster intercultural understanding among participants. They develop a European awareness and sense of belonging, open themselves up to foreign cultures and learn to enter peacefully into dialogue with others.
Language plays an important role in trilateral school exchanges. Students can use the French or German language as a communication tool. French and German participants also develop an interest in the third represented language.
How to sign up
Funding from the FYGO
Applications for the funding of trilateral school exchange projects must be sent to Department II of the FGYO by the French or German partner school by 31 January of the year of the meeting.
Funding from the special intervention funds
To obtain funding from the special intervention funds for Central and Eastern Europe, and South-East Europe, you can apply from the beginning of September until the 3rd of November of the year preceding the start of your project.
The selection of the programs takes place at the end of December; the organizers will be informed in January. They can then submit all documents required for the application.
Calls for applications for funding from special funds for other regions usually open individually during the second half of each year. The deadlines depend on the French and German Ministries of Foreign Affairs.