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BEA – Business Experience Abroad

Business Experience Abroad

The project

In 2009 the submission for approval of the Leonardo da Vinci – Mobility Project of the Foreign Language School in Heilbronn was again successful. This enabled 10 graduates of the Foreign Language School to assist a practical training in France or Spain.

The graduates received a stipend which covered the costs of travel, lodging and insurance. The practical training had a span of 3 to 6 months and took place in the most varying of organisations. For example, some of them were placed in the German Chamber of Commerce in Madrid, in the administration of a clinic and in departments of the Council of Europe. During the practical training the graduates received guidance from the teachers of the Foreign Language School via e-mail, telephone or fax.

The placements led to experiences and competences pure classroom learning cannot offer. The profession based supplemental education strengthened chances in a profession in a lasting way. The students enhanced their attractiveness as potential employees because they can show through the practical training that they have a command of a foreign language, can assert themselves in new situations, are capable of successful contact with people and have a firm knowledge of approaches to work and living specific to a country. Their work in a foreign country is proof of their engagement and openness. In personal regards, self confidence and independence have been enhanced. Most of the graduates are young and for many of them the stay in a foreign country was a completely new experience.

Work experience abroad pays off: One former student already had applied for a job during her internship and works now in a French company, another former student works in a registry in Brussels. Also for the Foreign Language School of Heilbronn the profit is significant: The evaluation of the practical training offers the possibility of checking the schools education programme and of adapting it to meet the demands of the European job market.

EU Lifelong Learning Programme


Project execution
Kolping Training Institution Wuerttemberg Registered Association,
Kolping Training Centre Heilbronn, Foreign Language School, Germany

Project partners

Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France
Robert Bosch France SAS, Saint-Quen, France
Chambre Franco-Allemande de Commerce et d’Industrie, Paris, France
Clinica Cima, Barcelona, Spain
LEONA, Madrid, Spain
German Chamber of Commerce for Spain, Madrid, Spain

Contact person
Helena Struemann, Head of Foreign Language School Heilbronn

EU-Funding Programme

Leonardo da Vinci – Mobility Projects

Sum of Funding
38,570 €

Period of Funding
01.06.2009 - 31.05.2010

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commision cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.