Funding for international exchanges for schools

22 January 2019

The DfE is providing £2.5 million to enable young people to take part in international exchanges and visits, in a programme delivered in partnership with the British Council.

Schools in England will be able to apply for grants to take students aged 11 and above to visit partner schools around the world, giving them the chance to experience different cultures, improve language skills and build independence, character and resilience.

The programme, which is principally focused on supporting children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, will be made easy for schools to take part in, with a simple application process, grants to cover the administrative cost of organising trips and seminars to help schools without much experience of international visits, to find partner institutions abroad – in Europe or further afield.

Schools can register their interest in the new exchange programme here

In addition, ASCL has worked with the British Council, Durham Local Authority's International Office and school and college leaders to produce a guidance paper containing practical advice and information for school and college leaders across all phases, and for those involved in planning international exchange visits with a homestay element.