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Study visits & placements

Cities sharing knowledge to foster sustainable mobility

These practice-oriented learning activities are designed to enhance the knowledge exchange between cities dealing with similar transport challenges and ultimately improve urban mobility across Europe.

Cities are selected to participate via annual calls for both host and visiting cities.

Call open to host peer-exchange activites in 2020

Interested towns and cities are invited to apply to host CIVITAS peer-exchange activities in 2020.

These are either in the form of a study visit or work placements. Host cities enjoy a wide variety of benefits, including the opportunity to:

  • Showcase their achievements in the field of sustainable urban mobility to fellow towns and cities from across and beyond Europe;
  • Exchange and learn from peers facing similar transport challenges;
  • Be featured on the CIVITAS website and European media outlets through a dedicated article/interview;
  • Be offered speaking slots at high-level European events.

The CIVITAS team provides financial and organisational support to host cities.

To become a 2020 host city, apply by the extended deadline of 5 November 2019. Find the application form here, as well as in the side bar on the right-hand side of this page.

Completed forms or any questions regarding the call should be sent to Arianna Americo at EUROCITIES:

Apply to participate in CIVITAS peer-exchange activities in 2019

A whole range of CIVITAS peer-exchange activities are taking place throughout 2019, with study visits and work placements taking place across Europe. The trips that cities can currently apply to go on can be found below.

Cascais (Portugal) - study visit - 28-30 October 2019

In recent years, Cascais has developed its sustainable urban mobility programme  "MobiCascais", which integrates local transport with regional transport and supports good practices implemented by the municipality. The city received the Global Mobi Award 2018 for a city with intelligent mobility.

This study visit will focus on advanced mobility management and MaaS. During the visit, various local and regional stakeholders will be involved, including the Municipality of Cascais, Cascais Proxima, private and public bus operators, train operators, an electric car sharing company, journalists, academics and technology providers.

Tel Aviv (Israel) - study visit - 11-13 November 2019

Tel Aviv is currently seeking to transformation its mobility habits, moving from relying on cars as the main mobility mode to sustainable modes, such as public transport and bicycles. Within this process, the city has faced many challenges and needed to devise solutions at a rapid rate.

The visit will focus on the following topics: the city's shared bicycle scheme, car-sharing, and the Tel Aviv programme for sustainable mobility.

This trip has now reached capacity.

Rethymno (Greece) - study visit - 22-24 April 2020

Rethymno is partner in CIVITAS DESTINATIONS. Sustainable development has informed its work since 2007: in 2011 it joined the Covenant of Mayors and in 2017 the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (2017).  Sustainable mobility is also a pillar in the municipality's Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP).

The study visit will focus on the topics of electro-mobility, shared mobility systems, and mobility plans for schools. During the visit, a variety of local and regional stakeholders will be involved, including Rethymno Municipality, the Technical University of Crete, CIVINET CY – EL, the Region of Crete, and the Ministry of Transport.

Find the application form here. Send your application form to Arianna Americo from EUROCITIES - by 29 November 2019.

Financial support

A certain level of financial support is available for cities to attend the trip to Rethymno. Read the study visit application form for more details.

Further information

What is a study visit?

CIVITAS study visits provide the opportunity for a group of up to ten city representatives to travel to another European city facing similar sustainable urban mobility challenges and learn about possible solutions and best practices.

Lasting between two and five days, these study visits are tailored to the needs of the participating cities and utilise an interactive approach. Selected city representatives will benefit from financial support covering travel and accommodation costs.

What is a work placement?

CIVITAS work placements offer transport professionals a hands-on learning experience in another European city. The placements, which run for between two to five days, focus on a concrete topic and respond to a local challenge faced by the visiting city.

The main objective is to transfer practical knowledge and expertise from the host city to help achieve a specific objective. Financial support is available to cover travel and accommodation costs for selected cities.

When will the peer-to-peer activities take place?

CIVITAS work placements and study visits are taking place each year between 2017 and 2020. The exact dates of the visits will be decided in cooperation with the host and the visiting cities, with the support of the CIVITAS consortium.

What are the benefits for cities taking part to peer-to-peer activities?

Through their participation in CIVITAS peer-to-peer activities, cities will:

  • Gain important European recognition and visibility for their sustainable mobility actions;
  • Receive opportunities to share their experience with European experts and European institutions and therefore contribute to shaping EU transport policy;
  • Take part in facilitated peer review exchanges with a common methodology;
  • Obtain practical guidance and support from the CIVITAS Secretariat;
  • Gain direct access to specific expertise and best practices;
  • Receive coaching through progress reviews and monitoring;
  • Learn recognised methods for networking and building capacity.

Language of the activities

The working language of CIVITAS initiative is English, meaning that all working documents will be provided in English. In order to take part in the exchange activities, an intermediate to advanced level of English is expected.

Contact person:

Should you have questions, get in touch with Arianna Americo: