Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is one of the biggest inter-disciplinary student associations in Europe, founded in 1989 with the aim of supporting and improving the student exchange. We are present in 343 bodies of University education in 33 countries.
The network is constantly increasing and expanding. ESN works in higher education systems: Offering services to 150,000 students
- Based on volunteer work
- With an average annual growth rate equal to 12.3%
ESN operates on three different grounds: local, national and international. The work of the ESN focuses mostly on the creation of an environment based on an education always changing and flexible, sustaining and developing the exchange between students on different levels, offering the chance, also to students who do not have the opportunity of living a period of time abroad, of experimenting an intercultural experience (“Internationalization at home”).
- Works in the interest of international students
- Works for improving the integration of foreign students, both practically and socially
- Gives information about student mobility programs
- Helps the returning students with their reintegration
- Contributes to improving the accessibility to student mobility
- Takes care of its members
- Gives value to volunteer jobs
Who are we there for?
The students who are returning from any mobility program, be it Erasmus, Exchange or Double Degree, are being supported in reintegration process in their home countries by keeping contact with an international environment. Many local sections are set up by former exchange students, often because they have had good experiences from their exchange period or because they felt a lack of help during their exchange. They also understand better the issues and challenges of being in a foreign environment.
However, the main focus of ESN is placed on current international students, who often face problems and feel abandoned in their new environments. Therefore, ESN offers help in academic, social and practical integration processes. This is mainly done through activities in the local sections, which include cultural and social events such as trips to various places within the country, movie nights, language projects, international food festivals and last, but not least, parties. In addition to that, many sections have introduced mentor systems, which help the international students mainly in academic and practical integration.
ESN also provides relevant information and encourages the future exchange students to gain the international experience and relevant insight on different cultures.