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Press release from the Council of State

State of Vaud

Published may 1, 2020



The vaud State Council and the Council-executive bernese have entered into a new agreement concerning language exchanges with students in the region of the pays-d’enhaut and the Saanenland. This text enters into force on 1 may 2020 and replaces a convention of 2004, which is repealed. The new convention establishes a financial framework for fair exchanges of students conducted on a voluntary basis at the level of the compulsory school. It provides a modern solution and solid to the relevant municipalities wishing to promote these exchanges in view of the inclusion of young people in the regional economy.

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The language exchange students have a long tradition in this region on the border of languages. On the basis of criteria determined locally, the joint allowed a student to attend a school of the language area nearby in derogation of the school laws relating to the enclassement. In 2004, a first regulating these exchanges occurred in an agreement between the two cantons. In the meantime, the value of such exchange of students has become a national cause and the right tools to promote them, are taxed at the level intercantonal. Financial mechanisms, the simple and the rates cover the actual costs of education issued by a township home to a student domiciled in another township have been set. What are these standards that the new convention signed by Bern and Vaud adopts today.

A dozen students per year in the pays-d’enhaut and saanen-Obersimmental are taking advantage of these language exchange with a term of one year and solicited on a voluntary basis. The repetition of the last year of compulsory school in the language of the partner region is in particular seen as an opportunity for young people to improve their skills in French or German and thus increase their chances of getting a place of learning. The region relies heavily on the tourism and international clientele. The language proficiency of young people is an asset prized by employers in many branches on the local labour market.

The new convention, drafted and decided upon in consultation with the municipalities, is part of the commitment affirmed by the two cantons to promote in the future further exchanges of language students. This initiative in the field school follows the spirit of the Convention Saane as of June 22, 2018, which is binding on the Cantons of Vaud and Berne, the communes of the pays-d’enhaut and the Saanenland, as well as the offices of tourism of the two regions to collaborate in the tourism sector and to foster the local interactions and regional all occasions.

Office of information and communication of the State of Vaud


DFJC, Cesla Amarelle, councillor of State,021 316 30 00
Christine Häsler, director of public education and culture, Canton of Bern,031 636 20 32


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