International Professional Exchange Programs

The international exchange programs offer professional, cultural and educational exchange opportunities. The program combines practical and theoretical information about the social and cultural environment of the host country beside Cross-cultural exchange the participants who come from many different countries. PEP (video)

CIF 2019 PEPs

The list of PEPs 2019 with flyers (2) (PDF) updated 12.11.18

CIF Austria PEP 2019 (PDF), CIF Estonia PEP 2019 (PDF), CIF Finland PEP flyer 2019 (PDF), CIF Germany PEP 2019 flyer (PDF) deadline up to Dec 1CIF Hellas PEP Flyer 2019 (PEP), CIF India PEP 2019 (PDF), CIF Israel program 2019 (PDF), CIF Moroccan PEP 2019 (PDF), Flyer CIF Russia 2019 (PDF), 2019 CIF Scotland PEP flyer (PDF), CIF Sweden PEP 2019 (PDF),  CIF Taiwan PEP 2019 (PDF), CIF Turkey PEP 2019 (PDF) deadline extended to Dec 1.

PEPs 2018 already finished or participants selected:

CIF Argentina_PEP_2018 (PDF), CIF Estonia PEP 2018 2 (PDF), France PEP 2018 info branches (PDF) and DOSSIERdeCANDIDATURE (DOC), CIF Italia PEP flyer 2018 (PDF), CIF Nepal PEP flyer 2018 (PDF),  CIF the Netherlands flyer 2018 (PDF),  CIF New Zealand PEP flyer 2018 (PDF), CIF Spain 2018 Flyer (PDF), Switzerland Flyer_2018_e  (PDF)


Components of a typical professional exchange program


The orientation of a program is aimed at providing a theoretical framework to understand the social, economic and cultural trends prevalent in the country with a historical perspective, building group cohesiveness, tolerance and understanding.

Experience in a multicultural group

Every participant presents work methods and intervention strategies, as well as the socioeconomic situation and cultural trends of her/his own country. This facilitates cultural exchange, cross-cultural training, and sharing of ideas and skills.

Agency Placements

Participants are placed to train in agencies related to their own specialized field, to observe and experience professional social work in the host country.

Host Family Living

Living with host families (video) provides participants with an unique cultural experience that enriches the understanding and tolerance of diversities and develops lasting cross-cultural friendships.


Evaluation offers participants an opportunity to clarify new gained impressions, knowledge and experience, in order to assess the effectiveness of the program.

How to apply

Applicants are expected to have a minimum of two or three years professional experience. For more detailed eligibility requirements, length of stay, application deadlines and other details, please check the home pages of the branch or flyers above and obtain information about the application process from your National Branch (NB) or Contact Person (CP) in your country. If there is no NB/CP available, then contact directly the host country where you plan to apply for the exchange program.