The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is one of the biggest student associations in Europe. It was born on the 16th of October 1989 and legally registered in 1990 for supporting and developing student exchange. We are currently present in 460 Higher Education Institutions in 37 countries. The network is constantly developing and expanding. We have around 13.600 active members that are in many sections supported by so called buddies mainly taking care of international students. Thus, ESN involves around 29.000 young people offering its services to around 180.000 international students every year.


The goal of ESN is to support and develop international student exchange programmes. We work in the interest of international students, to improve the social and practical integration of international students and represent the needs and rights of international students. Our motto is “Students helping Students”. We operate on three levels.


  • The International Level
  • The National Level
  • The Local Level


The International Level is made up by the International Board (IB), the Secretariat and the CNR (Council of National Representatives). Their aim is to represent the interests of the exchange students toward the relevant institutions, the development of ESN Projects on the international level and supporting the national sections of ESN International.


The National Level is made up by the National Boards (NB) and the Board Helpers. Their aim is to work on national projects such as the National Event or the ESNcard, cooperate with the National Agencies and serve as a link between the Local and the International Level.


The Local Level is made up by the sections. They are the base and fundament of the Erasmus Student Network. Their aim is to create activities in the interest of the exchange students, support the integration of the exchange students and reintegration of returning exchange students, represent the requests and expectations of the students towards the universities and coordinate the national programmes on a local level.