Challenge Europe


1 week of study trip + 2 European capital cities = 1 amazing Challenge Europe!

The project “Challenge Europe” – the name says it all!

Switzerland lies at the heart of Europe, the European Union is by far our most important trading partner and almost every decision taken in Brussels affects us in Switzerland – whether we like it or not. But how does the EU really work? Who makes the decisions? How can Switzerland introduce its positions? And what is the difference between the “Council of Europe”, the “Council of the EU” and the “European Council”? We want to answer these and many other questions during our study trip, the “Challenge Europe”.

Challenge Europe takes young people on a journey of discovery to the European institutions, from Strasbourg to Brussels. In addition to the exciting meetings and various workshops, cultural and historical excursions are part of the programme. A perfect combination of unforgettable experiences and quality education on the European Union!

The Challenge Europe 2020 is aimed at young people between 16 and 35 years old. It will take place from 30 August to 6 September 2020. Within the fee of 440 CHF, the travel, accommodation and most meals are included. The trip will include presentations and discussions in German, French and English. By registering you confirm that you understand all three languages (level B2).

This year Challenge Europe takes place from September 4 to September 11.




The project

yes has been holding the “Challenge Europe” each September for 19 years now. The project includes a national preparatory seminar, a trip to Strasbourg/Brussels and a final conference in Bern.

  1. The national, one-day preparatory seminar will give participants the opportunity to immerse themselves for the first time in the manifold relations between Switzerland and the EU and in the functioning of the European Union. At the same time, they will have the opportunity to meet politicians and experts in Swiss European policy in person.
  2. The highlight of the Challenge Europe will be a one-week trip to the European capitals of Strasbourg and Brussels. As part of a group of around 40 other interested Swiss young people, the trip offers you the opportunity to get to know the European Union, its institutions and players at close quarters. During the week we will also meet members of the European Parliament, representatives of the EU Commission and EFTA, lawyers at the European Court of Human Rights, Swiss diplomats, journalists, representatives of NGOs and business. In addition to the visits and meetings, the participants will deal with a workshop topic of their choice (e.g. environmental policy, migration policy, foreign and security policy, data protection, etc.) in-depth during the week. In the workshops, which will be led by more experienced yes members, the participants will get to know the specific challenges and difficulties of their topic in relation with Europe as well as their relation to Switzerland and will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with experts. Finally, there will also be time to get to know our destinations from their cultural sides. In addition to an excursion to Ypres, the sites of World War I, a trip to the famous border village of Schengen and a city tour in Strasbourg, we will not miss the opportunity to discover the famous Belgian beers.
  3. Finally, the closing conference in Bern will be an opportunity to present the results of the workshops to the other participants, to look back on the week in Strasbourg and Brussels and to discuss the findings and experiences of the trip.

During the various events and during the trip itself, great importance is attached to linguistic diversity: this is a characteristic of both Switzerland and the EU. Our documentation and communication will always be available in German and French. During the visits as well as during the presentations of external speakers we will meet, it is possible that communication will take place in only one language (German, French, more rarely in English). In these cases, we will be able to help out in case of problems, but unfortunately we cannot provide simultaneous translation. However, passive knowledge is more than sufficient.

With the study trip “Challenge Europe”, yes would like to offer interested young people the opportunity:

  • to deepen their knowledge about the European Union and to get to know its institutions where it happens;
  • to immerse themselves in the multifaceted relationship between Switzerland and the EU and familiarise themselves with it;
  • to exchange views with other interested young people in workshops on the future of Europe, to contribute their own opinions and to debate the role of Switzerland in various rounds of discussions;
  • to spend an unforgettable week in Strasbourg and Brussels, promising many new insights, experiences and friendships.

The price of CHF 440 includes travel, accommodation and the majority of the meals. In case of questions, you can contact us anytime via