Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is one of the biggest interdisciplinary student associations in Europe to offer support and to exchange students while abroad. On the 16th of October 1989, the first local association started and  legally registered in 1990 . Our association is now present in more than 520 Higher Education Institutions in 41 countries and in constant development and expansion.

ESN is working in Higher Education (HE)                                                                 

  • offering services to 300.000 students

  • mainly on a volunteer basis

  • with an average annual growth rate of 12,3% since 1990

Beyond this, ESN devotes itself to support the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing student exchanges and by providing an intercultural experience also to the students who cannot access a period abroad under the idea "internationalisation at home".

ESN is operating on three levels: local, national, and international.                                                                                                                                                               

Aims / Principles                                                                    

In synthesis, ESN                                                                                    

  • works in the interest of international students.

  • works to improve the social and practical integration of international students.

  • represents the needs and rights of international students on the local, national and international level.

  • provides relevant information about mobility programs.

  • works on the reintegration of homecoming students.

  • contributes to the improvement and accessibility of student mobility.

  • cares about its members.

  • values volunteering and active citizenship.

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Who are we for?

  • Homecoming students

The students who are returning from exchange 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 in a foreign environment. Exchange students 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 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 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 gain relevant insight to different cultures.

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What do former exchange students say about us?

  • Mi experiencia en general ha estado muy bien, he conocido gente que ahora son de mis personas más cercanas aquí. Hay un montón de actividades que sobre todo las primeras semanas te vienen bien para estar en compañía y en movimiento. Los viajes por otro lado están genial. En el de Valencia pensaba que sería sólo fiesta por ser gente de intercambio pero los paseos durante el día estuvieron igual de bien o mejor – Pancho, Chile


  • If you have the time I would definitely recommend going on a ESN Integration Weekend. It’s a great way to meet new people. I met some people there that became my friends throughout my exchange. Especially you don’t want to miss the National Event, in my case it was in Valencia. It was well organized and the city was beautiful. - Alex, Netherlands