ESN International

Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the biggest student association in Europe. It was born on the 16th October 1989 and legally registered in 1990 for supporting and developing student exchange.

We are present in more than 800Higher Education Institutions from39countries. The network is constantly developing and expanding.We have around 15,000 active members that are in many sections supported by so called buddies mainly taking care of international students.Thus, ESN involves around 34,000 young people offering its services to around 200,000 international students every year.

ESN is working in Higher Education (HE):

  • offering services to 200,000 students
  • 15,000 active members (34,000with the buddies included)
  • mainly on a volunteer basis
  • with an average annual growth rate of 12% since 2005

ESN is operating on three levels:local,national,andinternational.

ESN works for the creation of amore mobile and flexible education environmentby supporting and developing the student exchange from different levels, and providing an intercultural experience also to those students who cannot access a period abroad ("internationalisation at home").

Aims & Principles

In synthesis, ESN:

  • works in theinterest of international students
  • works to improve thesocial and practical integrationof international students
  • represents theneeds and rightsof international students on the local, national, and international level
  • provides relevant informationabout mobility programmes
  • motivatesstudents to study abroad
  • works with thereintegrationof homecoming students
  • contributes to theimprovement and accessibility of student mobility
  • caresabout its members
  • valuesvolunteering and active citizenship

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ESN Projects

Flagship project

ExchangeAbility and MapAbility


ExchangeAbility is a long-term project of ESN whose main aim is to promote mobility opportunities and accessible Higher Education possibilities for students with disabilities. Additionally, ESN also wants to provide the conditions and opportunities for students with disabilities to actively participate in student life as well as raise awareness of the local communities about the topic. Read more


The aim of the project is to promote mobility opportunities using the strength of ESN, namely our capacity to share real-life experiences. We aim not only to promote Erasmus mobility programmes but also a wide variety of opportunities targeted at young people, students and young graduates (volunteering, internships, traineeships, student exchange, travelling, etc).Read more

ErasmusIntern.orgis a web platform where companies and organisations can offer their internship vacancies to individuals seeking international opportunities.Visit the web platform to access thousands of internships, students and recruiters!

Through theErasmusIntern.orgproject, the Erasmus Student Network promotes the Erasmus+ Traineeship scholarships that are available to students at European Higher Education Institutions. The project was funded with support from the European Commission. Read more

The ESNcard is the membership card of the Erasmus Student Network. Students who own the card can have access to ESN events. Also, the ESNcard is used as a discount card that offers benefits to students, locally, nationally and internationally. The aim of the ESNcard is to support and give opportunities to international students during and after their exchange period. Read more
SocialErasmus is an international project by the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) that promotes a social attitude among young citizens participating in mobility programmes, to facilitate their integration into the local community while gives them the chance to make a long lasting social change in society through volunteering activities. SocialErasmus activities provide young citizens the opportunity to do more with their period abroad and to live a life-changing experience. Read more
Responsible Party is a project is run across Europe with more than174,000 studentsparticipating to date.Using the peer-to-peer approach student ambassadors are organizing activities during parties ina fun and engaging way with the aim to raise awareness about the health effects of alcohol consumption. Read more
Eduk8 is ESN’s international training project, which aims to empower ESN members to allow them to perform better in their ESN daily tasks.Every day ESN’ers all over Europe, work hard to support and develop our colourful network and while doing so they gain new skills and competences. These skills and competences can be hard to identify and put words to and that is where Eduk8 can make a difference. Eduk8 facilitates activities where underlying soft-skills can be identified and where participants can share know-how and learn from one-another in a structured, conscious and fun way! Read more
ESNsurvey is the biggest European research project planned and carried out entirely by students for students. It is conducted annually since 2005 and researches different aspects of student mobility. It is disseminated in collaboration with 37 countries and 500 Higher Education Institutions. The findings obtained through the Questionnaire are published in the Report and used as recommendations to all stakeholders involved in student mobility.