​​​​​​DiscoverEU is a new EU initiative that from summer 2018 will offer 18 year old EU citizens the opportunity to discover their continent. With a budget of EUR 12 million in 2018, this action, based on a proposal from the European Parliament, is expected to give 15,000 young people the opportunity to travel around Europe to have the opportunity to discover the continent’s rich cultural heritage, get in touch with other people, learn from other cultures and as such discover what unites Europe.
Participants will be able to travel up to 30 days and visit between 1 and 4 foreign destinations. As 2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage, travellers will also have the chance to participate in the many events that are taking place all over Europe.


Who can apply
– young people who are 18 years old on 1 July 2018 (born between 2 July 1999 and 1 July 2000 included);
– with a nationality of one of the 28 Member States of the European Union;

How to apply
– fill in your ID or passport number on the online application form;
– plan your journey in one of the EU 28 Member States between 9 July and 30 September 2018;
– plan to travel from 1 day and up to 30 days inclusive;
– plan to travel to at least 1 and up to 4 foreign country destinations within the EU;
– think of becoming a DiscoverEU Ambassador and report back on their travel experiences, for example through social media tools like Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or by providing a presentation at their school.

Entrants can apply as individuals or as a group of maximum 5 people. For groups, a group leader should be appointed. The group leader fills in the application form and participates in the quiz and tie-breaker question. S/He will receive a code when submitting the application, which s/he should then communicate to the group members to allow their registration. Based on the code provided by the group leader, the remaining group members can then register online, and fill in their personal data. All members of the group need to be 18 years old as well.

Applications must be submitted through the European Youth Portal from 12 June at 12:00 (CET) to 26 June 2018 at 12:00 (CET). 
They will have to answer six quiz questions linked to the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage and EU youth initiatives targeting young people, plus, a tie-breaker question. 
Young people with special needs (e.g. reduced mobility, visually impairments, etc.) will be entitled to receive appropriate additional support.

A second round of applications in the second half of 2018 may be organised based on the remaining budget and feedback from participants travelling this summer.

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