Youth - Young people building Europe

Study Sessions

Programme of study sessions 2016 (included in the List of Activities of the Directorate General of Democracy)

Criteria for study sessions NEW! (version 2017)

Financial and administrative documents for the participation in study sessions

Application form 2018-1


Manual for facilitators in non-formal educationFrench / Russian / Turkish

In addition to their own programme of education and training activities, the European Youth Centres carry out a yearly programme of study sessions and other activities held in co-operation with non-governmental and governmental youth partners. The study sessions, symposia and other similar activities reflect the principles of co-management and partnership with young people and their organisations that are at the heart of the youth policy of the Council of Europe.

These activities - of which the most visible are the study sessions – are based on co-operation between the partner organisations and the Council of Europe’s Youth Department. Study sessions are international youth events lasting between 4 and 8 days which bring together members of youth organisations or networks and experts for discussions on a specific subject leading to conclusions relevant to the priorities and programmes of the Council of Europe Youth sector. They are organised in co-operation with youth organisations and networks, and are hosted by one of the European Youth Centres.

The programme is based on applications submitted twice a year and decided upon by the Programming Committee on Youth. Please note that every year, the deadline to apply is 1st April for the study sessions taking place the 1st Semester of the following year, and 1st October for the study sessions taking place the 2nd Semester of the following year.

These activities are totally or partly financed by the Council of Europe according to modalities available at the Secretariat.

About twenty study sessions are planned in the EYCs in 2016. These sessions address a variety of subjects, corresponding to the work priorities established by the Youth department for 2016-2017. The scope and extent of the subject matter of study sessions in 2016 indicates that they remain a key tool for co-operation with youth organisations to develop their own thematic foci and to multiply their organisational culture. Creativity and innovation in methodological as well as thematic terms are also important aspects of study sessions.

Please note that Study sessions are run in cooperation with international non-governmental youth organisations. Any queries about those activities must be addressed to these organisations.