Erasmus Student Network Slovakia (ESN Slovakia) is a non-profit student organization. Our mission is to represent international students, thus providing opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development under the principle of Students Helping Students. Every year, 10 ESN sections from Bratislava to Košice take care of almost 2,000 Erasmus students. ESN SK represents international students and organizes trips, cultural and social activities, and events for them.
Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the biggest student association in Europe. It was born on the 16th of October 1989 and legally registered in 1990 for supporting and developing student exchange.
We are present in more than 1,000 Higher Education Institutions from 42 countries. The network is constantly developing and expanding. We have around 15,000 active members that are in many sections supported by so-called buddies mainly taking care of international students.Thus, ESN involves around 40,000 young people offering its services to around 220,000 international students every year.
- offering services to 300,000 students
- 15,000 active members (34,000 with the buddies included)
- mainly on a volunteer basis
- with an average annual growth rate of 12% since 2005
ESN is operating 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 ("internationalisation at home").
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 programmes
- motivates students to study abroad
- works with the reintegration of homecoming students
- contributes to the improvement and accessibility of student mobility
- cares about its members
- values volunteering and active citizenship