Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the largest student association in Europe. It was created on October 16, 1989 and legally registered in 1990 to help and develop studentexchanges.
We are present in over 900 institutions of higher learning, from 40 countries. Our network is in constant development and in full expansion. We are about 15,000 active members, present in various sections in all countries, ready to take care of international students. In fact, ESN is represented by around 40,000 young people, offering their services to more than 220,000 internation students a year.
ESN works in higher education:
- providing services to approximately 200,000 students
- 15,000 active members (34,000 with buddys included)
- mainly on a voluntary basis
- with an average annual increase of 12% since 2005
ESN operates on three levels: local, national and international.
ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible study environment by supporting and developing student exchanges on different levels, and by offering an intercultural experience to students who can not afford to go abroad (internationalization to the House).
Goals & Principles
To summarize, ESN:
- works in the interest of international students
- works to develop the social and practical integration of international students
- represents the needs and rights of international students at the local, national and international levels
- provides useful information about international mobility programs
- motivates students to study abroad
- works with the reintegration of students who have just returned to their home country
- contributes to the development and accessibility of international mobility programs
- to its members
- volunteering and active citizenship
Who are we addressing to?
Students coming back home
Students returning from an international exchange are supported in the process of reintegration in their home country by allowing them to keep in touch with international students. Many locals are made up of university exchange students, mainly because they have had a good experience of their trip abroad or because they have a lack of help during their mobility period. They understand the problems and issues better in a foreign environment.
However, the main focus of ESN is on current international students, who often face problems and feel abandoned in their new environment. That’s why ESN offers help in the process of academic, social and practical integration. This is due in part to activities organized by local chapters, which include cultural and social events such as trips to various parts of the country, film nights, linguistic tandems, international cuisine festivals, and most importantly, celebrations. In addition to all this, several sections have introduced a sponsor system that helps international students, especially in their academic and practical integration.
ESN also provides practical information and encourages future exchange students to join the international experience and open up to different cultures.
For more information on ESN International, we encourage you to discover the website ESN