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01-01-2009

Euroscola - school students from all over Europe in the European Parliament

Each year, the European Parliament's Office in Ireland invites approximately 12 Irish school groups to visit the EP in Strasbourg to participate in the Euroscola programme. Each group typically consists of 25 students aged between 16 and 18, who are accompanied by 3 teachers. The aim of Euroscola is to bring together approximately 700 second-level students from the 27 EU Member States, to offer them an insight into the workings of the EP and to give them a sense of what it means to be a European citizen.

The participating students take part in discussions on topical European subjects and engage in group activities where they interact with their peers from other EU member states and communicate using their foreign language skills. During the one-day Euroscola event, the students have the opportunity to sit in the Parliament's chamber and to re-enact the work of MEPs. Participating schools are asked to give some feedback on their experiences in the European Parliament, usually in the form of a report containing an entry from each student.

The Parliament provides a subsidy to successful applications covering approximately one-third of the travel costs. For groups which have won prizes in selected competitions (see below), the subsidy is larger and can generally cover the full cost of the visit.

Competitions organised to send Irish students to Euroscola:

  • European Movement (essay)
  • Soroptomists (public speaking)

Schools interested in taking part in Euroscola are invited to contact Marie Quinn at marie.quinn@europarl.europa.eu