What is ESN?

Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is one of the biggest interdisciplinary student associations in Europe, founded in 1989 for supporting and developing student exchange. We are present in over 500 Higher Education Institutions in over 40 countries. The network is constantly developing and expanding. ESN is working in Higher Education and it is offering services to 150.000 students. ESN operates on three levels, Local, National and International.

ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing the student exchange from different levels and providing an intercultural experience also to those students who cannot access a period abroad (“internationalization at home”)

ESN Göttingen is a e.V. (registered association) with the status of non-profit organization.

Aims of the organisation

ESN aims at working in the interest of students who are spending a part of their professional education at a higher education institution in a country other than the one in which their home institution is situated. The organisation works to improve the conditions for present and future exchange students and to promote the exchange experience and concerns itself directly or indirectly with every aspect of this subject as broadly as possible. It does so without being associated with any political or confessional group.

Through its work for the mobile students, ESN also aims at working for the non-mobile students by improving their chances to experience international student exchange at their home institution. Thus ESN offers services for all students and welcomes all students to participate in its work regardless if they are mobile or not. This shall be done by means of:

  • Support of the social and practical integration of visiting students at their host institution;
  • Provision of practical and relevant information about academic exchange programmes and ESN resources;
  • Active use of the experiences of homecoming students by making them active in the network;
  • Contribution to the evaluation of different exchange programmes based on the experiences obtained by former exchange students;
  • Representation of the needs and expectations of exchange students on the local, national and international level.