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 2021 IPEPs  The list here (PDF).

CIF_Austria_VIPEP_2021 (PDF), CIF Finland Virtual IPEP flyer 2021 (PDF), CIF Israel IPEP October 2021 (PDF), cif nl flyer 2021-final (PDF), Invitation to participate in CIF Sweden´s virtual IPEP 2021 (PDF) new deadline until Feb 28th.

Here all planned IPEPs 2020 which were cancelled due to the COVID-19; or IPEPs 2019 finished:

 CIF Argentina IPEP 2020 english (PDF) – CIF Argentina IPEP 2020 spanish (PDF), CIF Estonia PEP 2019 (PDF), iPEP2020 en Français (PDF), CIF France IPEP20 flyer (PDF), CIF German IPEP 2020 flyer (PDF), CIF Hellas IPEP Flyer 2020 (PDF),  CIF_India_IPEP_2020_Flyer (PDF), IPEP in Japan 2020 Flyer (PDF), CIF Morocco IPEP 2020 new deadline (PDF), CIF Nepal IPEP 2020 (PDF), CIF Norway IPEP 2019 (PDF), CIF Russia IPEP русский 2020 (PDF) – CIF Russia IPEP 2020 (PDF),  2020 CIF Scotland IPEP flyer (PDF),  CIF Spain Flyer 2020 (PDF), CIF Switzerland Flyer 2020 (PDF), Taiwan IPEP 2020 (PDF), IPEP Turkey 2020 (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.