Research in the field began as the idea to bring a scientific perspective to youth exchanges. The research department was created in the 1970s and focused on understanding the dynamic at work in youth exchanges. The results were clear: Youth exchanges without an educational framework do not lead to breaking down prejudice, on the contrary. Following these results, it was decided to quantify projects scientifically and to then establish in-depth studies to understand learning in intercultural contexts and to build learning tools for youth exchanges. In order to adapt to an ever-changing environment, current research projects tackle civil society issues concerning youth in wider Europe while addressing the educational tools and formats created by the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO).  

On this page, you will find relevant information concerning our scientific publications and research projects.


Anya Reichmann

Tiphaine Burger

Research projects

The programs and youth exchanges offered and funded by the FGYO are based on educational and linguistic concepts and approaches aimed at intercultural learning strengthening civil society. Adopted within a civic engagement approach, these tools were developed, refined and improved with the help of Franco-German and international projects. The FGYO aims to discuss and analyze new ideas and debates in social and political dialogues as well as in youth exchanges. With project results and recommendations reaching beyond the Franco-German context, we want to give access to these topics and analyses to as many people as possible.

Research groups

The intercultural nature of FGYO cooperation and its research groups are an essential element to our mission. As such, the FGYO supports Franco-German research groups and concludes cooperation agreements with universities or research institutes to which we partially fund research projects. If you want to meet with a German research institute on a topic related to youth and politics, we invite you to contact us. An analysis of an FGYO program or of participants motivations in a youth exchange can also serve as a starting point for a research project. Experience has shown that it is not absolutely necessary to have fluency in the language of the partner country.


The FGYO is particularly keen to ensure that research project results are disseminated and accessible to reach the largest audience possible. We want these scientific texts to be available free of charge to researchers and students alike. The goal equally being to share research studies with FGYO partner organizations in order for results to be utilized concretely in their work.

For this purpose, FGYO research documents are available as free downloads in French and German.

These include French and German specialized publications that are published in Campus Verlag in “Europäische Bibliothek interkultureller Studien“ (“European Library of Intercultural Studies”) and in Waxmann, a publisher with which in 2012, the FGYO compiled the collection “Dialoge-Dialogues. Schriftenreihe des Deutsch-Französischen Jugendwerks”.

Current research projects

Based on fundamental and applied research, current projects within the FGYO encompass a large scope of subject matter. This includes research not only focusing on scientific support and project evaluation with the FGYO, but also tackling social and political issues concerning youth. The balance between knowledge, basic skills and innovation is essential for the FGYO and its research projects are a reflection of this diversity.  

 Completed research projects

  • Intercultural moments in biographies,
  • Finding your voice: stories of young people with migration background in France and Germany,
  • Diversity and participation. Franco-German perspectives on working with young people from marginalized areas
  • The Franco-German primary school teacher exchange,
  • The role of partner language and culture in Kindergarten and école maternelle,
  • Violence prevention in sports,
  • Children’s informal and intercultural learning: a comparative study of primary schools in France and Germany,
  • Research on the skills development in tandem learning environments,
  • Transmed! Mediterranean thinking and European consciousness. 

Reviews and articles related to research projects

The Franco-German primary school teacher exchange

Tertium Comparationis, 2016, 22 (1), 2016, pp.106-108

Diversity and participation. Franco-German perspectives on working with young people from marginalized areas

19.07.2016, socialnet. Das Netz für Sozialwirtschaft Rezensionen

Intercultural moments in biographies

BIOS, JG 27 (2014), 1/2, pp. 293-295

Children’s informal and intercultural learning: a comparative study of primary schools in France and Germany

Interkulturelles Lernen im Sachunterricht. Ein Schüleraustauschprogramm zwischen Frankreich und Deutschland, in: Die Grundschulzeitschrift, 2013, 264 (27), pp. 12-15

Sachlernprozesse von Kindern in interkulturellen Begegnungssituationen,

in: Tertium Comparationis, 2014, 20 (1), pp. 3-20

The intercultural and non-formal learning processes of children in primary school exchange programmes in France and Germany, in: Research in Comparative & International Education, 2015, 10 (3), pp. 407-422

Lebensgeschichten junger Männer und Frauen mit Migrationshintergrund in Deutschland und Frankreich, in: BzgA-InfoDienst Migration, 4/2013, p. 52

Transmed! Denken der Méditerranée und europäisches Bewusstsein

  • Europa vom Mittelmeerraum aus denken, in: PortalWissen 2012, pp.73-75
  • Die Zukunft Europas liegt im mediterranen Raum, in: taz, 10.12.2013, p.4
  • Eine Mittelmeerunion für die Bildung, in: Le monde diplomatique, december 2013, p.5
  • Eine “Lange Nacht” über das Mittelmeer. Zwischen Sehnsucht und Sterben, Deutschlandfunk, 5.11.2016