Mobility program Baltlantique

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION BETWEEN ACADEMIE DE BORDEAUX AND FINLAND

General information on the mobility program Baltlantique

Baltlantique is a school exchange program between the academic region Bordeaux in France and Finland.

It is a short exchange program of three weeks, based on reciprocity, which allows French and Finnish high school students to experience linguistic, cultural, and academic immersion. Each student goes to school with the paired-student and live in their family. Each Finnish student participating in the program is paired with a French student studying at the same level and they shall spend their time together.(50 people) 

Dates of the mobility program
  • 20 September – 10 October: The French students go to Finland
  • 11 October – 31 October: The Finnish students go to France
Requirements for the application

Any student can apply under the following conditions:

  • He/she has to be in class 9, 10, 11 or 12 (15–18 years old) when the exchange takes place
  • He/she must have a B1 level in English (advanced intermediate) and an A2 level in French (lower intermediate) (recommended level).
  • He/she must be open-minded, autonomous, and responsible.
  • He/she must have their parent’s agreement.
  • He/she must have transmitted all the documents required on time.

Before you apply, it is recommended to consider the following elements:

  • It is recommended that applicants have no major difficulties in their studies, so that 3 weeks of absence will not perturbate their performance at school and the reintegration into their class will be as easy as possible.
  • Living in a host family, even for a short period of time, means to be part of the family life! The students are expected to arrive with an authentic open-mindedness, and the families are expected to accept cultural differences.
  • Attendance at school in the other country is mandatory. Students must be aware that they will spend 6 to 8 hours in class, taught in the language of the country. Since educational content is not comparable from one country to another, the teachers will have to find suitable follow-up solutions in order to ease the return and reintegration of the students.
Calendar 2021–2022
  • Until 10 April 2022: call for application in France and in Finland, applications to be sent in.

All applicants must send the following document (PDF) by email:

This form can be filled in French or in English.

This document must be sent (in PDF-format) to: stephane.alati@france.fi. Please specify in the object of the message: “Candidature mobilité Batlantique 2021-2022”.

The referent teacher is required also to fill in this Excel table and to send it along with the application forms 

  • 10 April – 14 April: pairing of the French and Finnish students.
  • 15 April – 30 April: contacts sent to each family: each student receives the contact details of his pair, and of the referent teacher in the host school. The families and the schools validate the student’s exchange by signing a mutual agreement.
  • From 20 September 2022: the exchange begins.

The teachers are asked to provide a secondary list of students in case some of the students who are primarily chosen decide to cancel their trip.