International Level

 Figure showing the structure of ESN: the international, national and local level 

  The International level consists of:

Also the following groups and individuals are working to support international projects and activities of ESN:

  • ESN Secretary
  • Committees
  • Liaison Offices to European Youth Forum and Council of Europe

Erasmus Student Network has its main office in Brussels-  this is where the International Board has its seat.

The Board is elected once a year at the Annual General Meeting of ESN, the general assembly.

The International Board represents ESN towards the external stakeholders, keeps the network connected, coordinates the international projects as well as stands for the rights of exchange students. The International Board consists of 5 people: President, Vice President, Treasurer, External Relations and Web Projects Administrator - each responsible for its own field of work. 

If you have ideas or comments for the International Board, feel free to contact us!

National Level

All local sections of a country form the national level, e.g. all Austrian ESN sections form ESN Austria.

On the national level ESN members are active in National Boards (NBs). They are the binding force between the sections on the national level of ESN, but are also acting as a link between the local and international level of ESN.

NBs organise national events and most importantly, National Platforms (the meeting of all sections of one country). During these platforms, which are usually organised several times a year, all sections come together to discuss all issues concerning the local, national and international level of ESN. As an example, new sections are accepted during these platforms as well.

The National Boards of different countries meet twice a year during the National Boards Meeting for cooperation, communicating and learning from each others practical experiences.

As members of the Boards, National Representatives are the link between the national and the international level. They inform the sections about what is happening internationally, and provide the International Board with feedback from the local and national level.

map showing all Austrian ESN sections

Local Level

Under the principle of "Students Helping Students" (SHS), the mission of all the ESN sections, the core of ESN, is to foster student mobility in respective Higher Education Institutions by providing prospective, current and former exchange students with services, support and guidance for making their stay abroad a success.

Local sections are offering daily assistance to over 200.000 exchange students, provided before and during their stay abroad. They are often supported by their academic authorities, helping them practically in creating for all international students an enriching exchange environment.

Each ESN section is usually run by a Board composed by different positions, such as President, Vice President, Secretary, Webmaster, Treasurer etc. In addition, many volunteers are helping the sections in their diverse offer of excursions, events, lectures and many other activities.

Visit the websites of the local sections.