Erasmus Student Network

The Erasmus Student Network (in English: Erasmus Student Network (ESN) ) is an organization of European students whose objective is based on assisting in the development of student mobility programs. It consists of about 12 000 members of more than 420 local branches of centers ofhigher education and is organized at local, national and international levels. This allows the social network, also called for its members to network , contact nearly 150 000 local and international students. 1

ESN facilitates social and personal integration of international students. The local branches of the association offer help and information needed to guide international students and represents their objectives and their views on local, national and international levels. In addition, ESN provides relevant information about mobility programs in general.

The six principles of ESN

  • ESN works to help international students.
  • ESN works to improve the social integration and practice of international students.
  • ESN represents the needs and expectations of international students at local, national and international levels.
  • ESN provides relevant information on programes mobility.
  • ESN works in the reintegration of students returning to their country of origin.
  • ESN helps in the evaluation and improvement of different mobility programs.

ESN history

In 1987, the European Economic Community (EEC) has approved a project to create a comprehensive mobility program in the field of higher education. Part of this project was the Erasmus program , a mobility program for students that offers the opportunity to realize part of the studies abroad.

In 1989, the Erasmus Buerau invited 32 students who had done an Erasmus a meeting to evaluate the program in Ghent , Belgium . This meeting was the starting point of Erasmus Student Network. The problems were evident in the evaluation became the main tasks that had to work the founders of ESN International. The main idea was “students helping students” a phrase that today is preserved as the motto of the organization ‘s work.

Several sections of ESN in different European universities founded and funded by the EEC, a meeting was organized to celebrate the first meeting for the official founding of ESN International in October 1990 in the city of Copenhagen in Denmark , attended 49 participants from almost all Member States that were part of the program. ESN International became a legal association, which Desiree Majoor from Utrecht , in the Netherlands , was the first president.

ESN was growing rapidly and in 1994 already had 60 sections in 14 countries. Ten years later, in 2004, the association was made up of 170 sections inside and outside Europe, from Scandinavia toMorocco . ESN has been growing since around 12% each year. New technologies have helped enormously in collaboration between sections and frequent find strengthen ties between ESN members and at the same time, serve to exchange ideas and to work together for a better future.

ESN current structure

ESN is the most important student association that works to help international students in Europe. It is organized into three areas: local, national and international.

Local level

ESN locally is “” “” sections that are constructed differently depending on the university. Sections work directly with international students. Its main functions are to organize activities such as presentation programs, meeting points and cultural events, and represent international students and their interests in academic institutions and local authorities. Each year, at least one representative of all sections form the Annual General Meeting (AGM), the body that makes the most important decisions of ESN. The AGM meets annually to decide on the future of the association.

National level

Nationally, international students and their interests are represented to governments and national authorities in each country. Local chapters gather to celebrate National Platforms (PN), where the national board and the National Representative (NR) is chosen to represent the country internationally.


The International Board as the executive body of ESN International consists of five members (president, vice president, treasurer, communication manager and administrator of the website), which are full-time volunteers who live and work in Brussels. The International Board is funded by the Secretariat which is composed of personnel employed. In addition to these five board members also they have two fellows. Each country chooses a National Representative and they form the Council of National Representatives (CNR), which during the year represents the interests of the association.

Internationally, the official language of the association is English. However, the association legal documents are written in English and French.

ESN has five International Committees and each works with their respective board member responsible. ESN committees are: the ICE (International Committee of Education), the NEC (Events Committee), the FICO (Finance Committee), the ComCom (Communication Committee) and IT (Information and Technology Committee).

ESN, beyond the student organization, has several members who help their development. These are: the European Youth Forum (YFJ), the European Civil Society Platform for Lifelong Learning (LLL EUCIS), the European Association for International Education (SEIA), the Council of Europe and the European Movement .


  • Stefan Jahnke – Sweden / Germany 2013-2014
  • Emanuel Alfranseder – Sweden / Germany 2012-2013
  • Tania Berman – France 2011-2012
  • Eva Ntovolou – Greece 2010-2011
  • Marketa Tokova – Czech Republic 2009-2010
  • Matthias Fenner – Switzerland 2008-2009
  • Giorgio Marinoni – Italy 2007-2008
  • Davide Capecchi – Italy 2006-2007
  • Davide Capecchi – Italy 2005-2006
  • Pascal Gemperli – Switzerland 2004-2005
  • Zsofia Honfi – Hungary 2004
  • Street Johnzen – Sweden 2003-2004
  • Hanna-Maija Saarinen – Finland 2002-2003
  • Stefanie Kothmiller – Austria 2001-2002
  • Mikko Arvas – Finland 2000-2001
  • Matej Acceto – Slovenia 1999-2000
  • Elke Resch – Austria 1998-1999
  • Dimitris Parthenis – Greece 1997-1998
  • Pavlos Exarchos – Greece 1996-1997
  • Jorn Bo Thomsen – Denmark 1995-1996
  • Jelle Calsbeek – Netherlands 1994-1995
  • Jorge Cerveira Pinto – Portugal 1993-1994
  • Anja Wang – Denmark 1992-1993
  • Christoffer Loffredo – Italy 1991-1992
  • Desiree Majoor – Netherlands 1990-1991

International events

Internationally, there are different meetings in order to contribute to an overall improvement of the association:

  • AGM (Annual General Meeting) – (Annual General Meeting) is the annual meeting where representatives (usually the president of the section and a companion) nearly all sections of the organization to discuss the functioning gather and ESN future. Each year takes place in a different European city.
  • CM (Cultural Combination) – (Cultural Medley) is a fun cultural event in which the country in which organizes activities held to show the culture to the other participating countries. Stands formean Cultural Medley
  • CEP (Platform of countries from central European) – (Central European Platform) is a regional platform on which Austria meet Croatia , Hungary, Lithuania , Poland , Czech Republic, Slovakiaand Slovenia.
  • NEP (Platform of northern European countries) – (Northern European Platform) is a regional platform in Denmark, meet Estonia , Finland, Iceland , Latvia , Norway and Sweden.
  • WEP (Platform of the countries of Western Europe) – (Western European Platform) is a regional platform in Germany, Belgium, meet Ireland , Netherlands, United Kingdom and Switzerland.
  • SEP (Platform for the countries of southern Europe) – (South European Platform): it was a platform that brought together the countries of southern Europe, but in the AGM 2007 was divided into the SWEP and SEEP.
  • SWEP (Platform countries southwestern Europe) – (South Western European Platform) is a regional platform to meet Spain , France, Italy, Malta and Portugal.
  • SEEP (Platform for the countries of Southeastern Europe) – (South Eastern European Platform) is a regional platform to meet Azerbaijan , Bosnia Herzegovina , Bulgaria , Cyprus , Greece,Macedonia , Romania , Serbia and Turkey.
2014 Milan , Italy
2013 Maribor , Slovenia Tampere , Finland
2012 Granada , Spain Ankara , Turkey Graz, Austria Tallinn , Estonia Southampton , UK Madrid Spain Athens , Greece
2011 Budapest , Hungary Lisbon , Portugal Krakow, Poland Odense , Denmark Liege , Belgium Lisbon, Portugal Isik , Turkey
2010 Istanbul , Turkey Lisbon, Portugal Bratislava , Slovakia Turku , Finland Groningen , Netherlands Padua , Italy Veliko Tarnovo , Bulgaria
2009 Utrecht, Netherlands Istanbul, Turkey Brno , Czech Republic Stockholm , Sweden Zurich , Switzerland Cancelled ( Teramo, Italy) Ljubljana , Slovenia
2008 Besancon , France Reggio Calabria , Italy Budapest, Hungary Tartu , Estonia Dusseldorf , Germany Milan, Italy Sarajevo , Bosnia Herzegovina
2007 Prague , Czech Republic Munich , Germany Warsaw , Poland Trondheim , Norway Lausanne , Switzerland Ifrane , Morocco Istanbul, Turkey
2006 Krakow , Poland Madrid , Spain Vienna , Austria Helsinki, Finland Porto, Portugal
2005 Gdansk , Poland Winterthur , Switzerland Cikháj, Czech Republic Stockholm, Sweden Palermo , Italy
2004 Helsinki , Finland Budapest, Hungary Velden am Worthersee, Austria Odense, Denmark Marrakech , Morocco
2003 Siena , Italy Prague, Czech Republic Ghent, Belgium Bergen , Norway Canceled ( Sevilla , Spain)
2002 Lugo , Spain Milan, Italy Tartu and Tallinn, Estonia Pécs , Hungary
2001 Leiden , Netherlands São Pedro de Moel, Portugal Jyväskylä , Finland Siena, Italy
2000 Portorož, Slovenia Mykonos , Greece Linkoping , Sweden
1999 Arhus , Denmark Cephalonia , Greece Kalmar , Sweden
1998 Graz , Austria Helsinki, Finland
1997 Ghent, Belgium Aarhus, Denmark
nineteen ninety six Naples , Italy
nineteen ninety five Porto , Portugal
1994 Helsinki, Finland
1993 Maastricht , Netherlands
1992 Utrecht, Netherlands
1991 Brussels, Belgium
1990 Copenhagen, Denmark
1989 Ghent, Belgium

Member States

Country Number of sections Website
Germany 26 ESN Germany
Austria 17 ESN Austria
Belgium eleven ESN Belgium
Bosnia Herzegovina 1
Bulgaria 7 ESN Bulgaria
Croatia 6
Denmark 4
Slovakia eleven ESN Slovakia
Slovenia 5 ESN Slovenia
Spain 3. 4 ESN Spain
Estonia 5 ESN Estonia
Finland 16 ESN Finland
France 2. 3 ESN France
Georgia 2
Greece 13 ESN Greece
Hungary 15 ESN Hungary
Iceland 1
Ireland 3
Italy 49 ESN Italy
latvia 1
Lithuania 10 ESN Lithuania
Luxembourg 1
malt 1
Macedonia 3
Netherlands 14 ESN The Netherlands
Norway 8 ESN Norway
Poland 33 ESN Poland
Portugal 8 ESN Portugal
Czech Republic 13 ESN Czech Republic
Romania 5
serbia 1
Sweden 15 ESN Sweden
Switzerland 14 ESN Switzerland
Turkey 28 ESN Turkey
United Kingdom 16 ESN UK


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