Initiative Going Abroad Makes a Difference
Initiative Going Abroad Makes a Difference

Study on International Youth Exchanges: Access and Barriers

International exchange programs promote solidarity and tolerance as well as social commitment. But some groups of young people are notably underrepresented in international exchanges. This includes, for instance, youth with lower-level secondary education, youth with migrant backgrounds, youth from poorly educated families, and boys in general.

The obstacles to participation in international exchanges are manifold.

Though international youth exchanges have already been a focus of research numerous times, no validated data is available for Germany regarding some key questions: How high is the proportion of youth that actually participates in international exchanges? Which young people are not reached by these offers? What factors influence their decisions and what barriers are there? We want to close these gaps in information with this research project.

The study should provide a solid basis for our future activities and funding in the area of international education.

The project is being operated under Research and Practice in Dialog (FPD) and is being funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.


Forschung und Praxis im Dialog (FPD)
c/o transfer e.V.
Dr. Werner Müller
Phone: +49 221 95921-90

Contact at the Foundation

Karin Karlsson
Phone: +49 711 46084-540