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Mobility in adult education and training


13.Mobility and internationalisation

13.3Mobility in adult education and training

Last update: 27 November 2023

Learner mobility

In principle, similar tools and methods for internationalisation of the continuing education and training for adults are used as in general and vocational education and training. For example:

  • language training
  • inviting teachers from abroad
  • employing teachers and instructors with immigrant background
  • international mobility of staff and students
  • participation in international projects
  • maintaining contacts with organisations abroad and membership in international networks
  • providing language and cultural training to staff.

The international activities have increased over the years and are now more diverse and cover more sectors than previously. When an adult education institution has only recently got involved in international activities, it has typically been because of participation in international projects. At the same time, international activities have become more systematic in many institutions and they have become more planned and focused.

In adult education, students are encouraged to spend some time abroad in on-the-job learning. The aim is to support and develop the adult students' professional skills as well as the skills to work abroad and in multicultural work environments.

Teacher and trainer mobility

Teachers also take part in the ongoing exchange programmes for learning good practices and disseminating them.