Who are we for?
Students returning from exchange are supported in the reintegration process in their home countries by keeping in 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 the issues and challenges of living a foreign environment better.
However, the main focus of ESN is placed on current exchange students, who often face problems (and feel abandoned) in their new environments. Therefore, ESN offers help in the academic, social and practical integration process. 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, film nights, language projects, international food festivals and, last but not least, parties. In addition to that, many sections have introduced mentor systems, which help international students mainly in academic and practical integration. ESN also provides relevant information and encourages future exchange students to gain an international experience and relevant insight into different cultures.
Do you want to know if your home university has a local ESN section? Check it out here! https://esn.org/sections