Published 15 April 2019
Are you 18 years old? Are you up for an adventure? If yes, get ready to explore Europe by applying for DiscoverEU, a European Union initiative giving young people the opportunity to travel.
Almost 30,000 young people were awarded a travel pass in 2018. Another application round will take place from 2 May 2019 at 11.00am (UK time) to 16 May 2019 at 11.00am (UK time) and 20,000 travel passes are available for young people to travel across Europe.
For the most part you will be travelling by rail, allowing you to take in Europe’s endless variety of towns and stunning landscapes, and the DiscoverEU pass also covers alternatives such as buses or ferries. In exceptional cases, travel by plane is permitted to ensure that young people living in remote areas or on islands can take part.
Who can apply?
You can only apply for DiscoverEU if you:
- are 18 years old on 1 July 2019, i.e. born between 2 July 2000 (included) and 1 July 2001 (included);
- have the nationality of one of the Member States of the European Union;
- fill in your correct ID or passport number on the online application form;
- start your journey in one of the EU Member States;
- plan to travel for a time of between one day and up to one month;
- plan to travel between 1 August 2019 (first departure date) and 31 January 2020 (last return date);
- plan to travel to at least one EU Member State;
- are willing to become a #DiscoverEU Ambassador.
Note: If you travelled with DiscoverEU in the previous application rounds, then you are not eligible to apply for this round.
Young people with special needs are welcome to participate in DiscoverEU. They will be helped with information and tips, and costs of special assistance might be covered.
How do I apply?
The online application will take place on the European Youth Portal from Thursday 2 May at 11.00 (UK time) to Thursday 16 May at 11.00 (UK time).
You will need to provide your personal data and give details about how you will prepare for your trip. There will be five multiple choice quiz questions on European culture and diversity as well as on EU youth initiatives targeting young people. Finally, you will need to answer a subsidiary question, which will allow DiscoverEU to rank applications.
You must have a valid passport when you apply for DiscoverEU. If you do not yet have one, learn how to apply for your first UK adult passport. Note that passport applications can take a few weeks.
Are there any other travel opportunities?
Yes, opportunities to travel come in many different forms! There are European programmes where you could have travel expenses covered, and sometimes accommodation and even pocket money. For example, if you are interested in volunteering or working abroad, you can sign up for the European Solidarity Corps. Find all the opportunities available for you on the Eurodesk Opportunity Finder.