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ESN and WYSE Travel Confederation sign Memorandum of Understanding

Thu, 02/07/2015 - 09:47

The cooperation is expected to serve the needs of youth, student and educational travellers worldwide

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN), Europe’s largest student organisation, and the World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation, the global not-for-profit organisation which represents the global youth, student and educational travel industry, announce today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to deepen the cooperation between the two organisations. ESN has also become a member of WYSE Travel Confederation.

I’m extremely happy and proud to sign this MoU between ESN and WYSE Travel Confederation, an organisation with whom we share many values,” said: Stefan Jahnke, President of the Erasmus Student Network. “As more and more young people get the opportunity to study, travel, work and volunteer abroad, it is in our mutual interest to ensure that their experiences are not only unforgettable and life-changing, but also safe and of high quality. ESN is therefore delighted to be able to represent young people and students within such an influential organisation as WYSE Travel Confederation.

Both ESN and WYSE Travel Confederation work with the aim of serving the youth, student and educational population, facilitating access to international education, travel and work opportunities as well as experiences. The ESN network annually serves over 190.000 international students in Europe, while members of the WYSE Travel Confederation serve 30 million young travellers worldwide; together the organisations aim to cooperate in order to improve the youth tourism sector and assist the industry in understanding the needs and preferences of young people.

Together ESN and WYSE Travel Confederation are planning to collaborate on enriching the content of events such as the World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC), the leading trade event for the global youth, student and educational travel industry, and the ESN Annual General Meeting (AGM), an event gathering over 700 student representatives from all of ESN’s 37 member countries.

David Chapman, Director General at WYSE Travel Confederation, added: “We are delighted to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Erasmus Student Network. We look forward to working with our new member and partner to bring students together with the travel organisations that serve them to ultimately enhance the young traveller experience.

As part of our joint activities, ESN will be coordinating a panel of international students for our ‘The student traveller offline’ seminar at WYSTC 2015 in Cape Town this September. During the session, the students will have the opportunity to articulate their travel preferences and desires, plus discuss how the economy and social media inform their lifestyle and consumer decisions and vice versa, to an audience of travel industry professionals from across the globe.

The organisations are also planning to cooperate on research and projects aiming at facilitating international experiences and solving challenges faced by young people today. Lastly, the cooperation also aims at offering young people career development and employment opportunities through the promotion of opportunities available within the tourism sector.

 

The World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation is a global not-for-profit membership organisation dedicated to promoting and developing opportunities for the youth, student and educational travel industry. Providing international travel experiences to over 30 million youth and students each year, WYSE Travel Confederation’s global community of over 800 members spans more than 120 countries from a diverse range of sectors.​ For more information visit http://wysetc.org

 

Erasmus Student Network is the biggest student organisation in Europe, founded in 1989 to support and develop student exchange. ESN is present in more than 480 Higher Education Institutions in 37 countries involving around 14,500 volunteers offering its services to 190,000 international students. ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing student exchanges on different levels and provides an intercultural experience also to those students who cannot access a period abroad ('internationalisation at home'). For more information visit http://esn.org

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Section in the Spotlight: ESN AGH, Poland

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 15:02

We hope that you have had some time to practice your Polish language skills because after spending last month in Warsaw, we just couldn’t get enough of Poland! So let’s say cześć to the Section in the Spotlight of July, ESN AGH (Akademia Górniczo Hutnicza) from Cracow!

ESN AGH is one year away from celebrating its 10th anniversary. They were founded in 2005, by a group of friends, and the section quickly managed to triple its size. A fast growth means that changes have to be made; the section decided to introduce some structural changes such as a project manager and local committees, which improved the work of the section and made it possible for the members to plan events on a larger scale. Today, ESN AGH is composed of 60 driven members, led by a board of three. This section values passion and motivation and these qualities form the core criteria when recruiting new members. At the end of the recruitment, the new members get to experience an integration camp, full with workshops and team building activities. 

We know that our biggest power is friendship. That's why we organize many events only for our members to integrate and work better in the future.

The section invests in its members during the whole year, believing that motivation and appreciation is the key to hard working members. A reward system has been but to place, where each week, the section rewards people who have stood out with a positive action. This positive vibe is recurring in the work of the section. ESN AGH arranges a variety of activities for their international students; this section has decided to invest time and effort into activities that contribute to or cooperate with the Polish society.

Share Your Christmas is an example of an activity where the international students get to interact with local families, who invite the exchange students to their homes to celebrate a typical Polish Christmas. The members of ESN AGH also take part in social activities, such as sending birthday cards to children who suffer from different illnesses.  Another example of their successful SocialErasmus activities is Erasmus Date Auction, a fundraising event where people bid for a date with one of the exchange student or ESN members. This event managed to gather 1,500€, which the section donated to a charity supporting families in need. 

Other international projects are going strong in this section as well. Mov’in Europe is promoted in different ways and has attracted a lot of attention and interest from local students thinking about going on exchange. The section’s PR team also promotes the ESNSurvey and collects as many responses as possible. Furthermore, ESN AGH uses Eduk8 trainers at their integration camps and they themselves have three members who have participated in this project and are now trainers.

One of the main events of the year has been ESN TEAM, cooperation between ESN sections of Italy and Poland. ESN AGH was one of the sections involved in the organization of this ESN version of the Olympic Games. 15 countries were represented in this tournament, which took place in, you guessed it right, Cracow. Not only were the days filled with different sports activities, but the participants also got the opportunity to get to know Polish culture.  To add to the list of different collaborations, ESN AGH also cooperates with sections from Vienna and Budapest. The regular get-togethers of these three sections are perfect meeting points where exchange knowledge between them takes place. 

ESN AGH shows that teamwork and keeping the ESN spirit alive definitely pays off. Through their border crossing cooperation they are able to give their exchange students a better experience, but also as a section, gain new knowledge. Still, they have not forgotten the importance of paying it back to their own community and uniting people from different cultures.

... maybe we don’t share the same blood, but we definitely have the same, big heart! We act together because we know, that strength lies in unity!

by Jasmine Malla

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Tue, 30/06/2015 - 13:02

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Travel more and easier - with ESN and American Tourister

Thu, 25/06/2015 - 16:53

American Tourister, part of the Samsonite International S.A., will together with the Erasmus Student Network offer Erasmus students access to quality, travel-inspiring luggage and suitcase solutions.

With student mobility steadily increasing, young people find themselves today frequently in need of travelling solutions such as transportation, accommodation, insurance, and more. American Tourister and the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) have decided to cooperate to assist students with one of these solutions: the safe, comfortable and easy transportation of personal belongings – luggage!

Most of us having done an exchange period abroad know the challenges that student will for certain encounter: everything from finding accommodation to surviving language barriers." said Stefan Jahnke, President of ESN. "It is ESN’s core goal to assist students and facilitate this international process in any way we can. I am therefore extremely happy about our cooperation with American Tourister, through which we will be able to assist international students even further.

 

What can you expect as an international student? American Tourister has decided to offer all ESNcard holders a 20% discount on all its products. The offer is also available to Erasmus students that send a copy of their Erasmus Acceptance Letter to ESN. The offer is available in 16 European countries, requires a minimum purchase order of 69€ and can be accessed on American Tourister’s page on the ESNcard.org website.

In addition High Sierra, Samsonite’s bag and backpack brand, will also be offering students a 30% discount on all its products. The offer is available to any student in the 14 European countries where High Sierra operates, with a minimum purchase order of 39€. Also the High Sierra orders are made through High Sierra’s page on the ESNcard.org website.

 

Founded in 1933, American Tourister has been offering young, dynamic and reliable luggage for over 80 years, setting the standard for fun-loving luggage collections that excel in quality. The colourful products offer fantastic value for money and are available in over 90 countries worldwide, making American Tourister one of the leading luggage brands in the world. Ideal for young, enthusiastic travellers eager to discover the world, American Tourister inspires adventurous people to express themselves, explore new horizons and be ready to set off when life calls. For more information visit http://americantourister.com

 

The sports brand High Sierra® was founded in the USA over 35 years ago by the outdoor fan Hank Bernbaum. High Sierra offers a wide assortment of active outdoor gear, urban backpacks and rugged luggage. Innovation, functionality, design and especially excellent quality for a moderate price are the key characteristics of all High Sierra products. Beyond that, High Sierra focuses on promoting new trendy sports that have influence on the culture and lifestyle of the younger generation.​ For more information visit http://highsierra.com

 

Erasmus Student Network is the biggest student organisation in Europe, founded in 1989 to support and develop student exchange. ESN is present in more than 480 Higher Education Institutions in 37 countries involving around 14,500 volunteers offering its services to 190,000 international students. ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing student exchanges on different levels and provides an intercultural experience also to those students who cannot access a period abroad ('internationalisation at home'). For more information visit http://esn.org

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ESN and Pernod Ricard: Partnership Renewal

Thu, 18/06/2015 - 18:05

Erasmus Student Network and Pernod Ricard re-affirm their commitment to raising awareness about the damaging effects of binge drinking among students.

Global wine and spirits producer, Pernod Ricard, and the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) have once again affirmed their dedication to creating awareness among students about the damaging effects of excessive alcohol consumption, most notably binge drinking. Five years ago the Responsible Party programme was co-developed by Pernod Ricard and the Erasmus Student Network. The programme uses student ambassadors, gadgets and games to spread the message of responsible drinking during parties in a fun and engaging way. This year, marks the 5th anniversary of the cooperation as it was renewed on January 26th by Alexandre Ricard, chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard, and Stefan Jahnke, President of ESN.

Alcohol abuse, especially binge drinking, has adverse effects on the development of cognitive capacities as well as a myriad of other negative health effects. Considering that the human brain does not stop developing until the age of 25 this suggests extra risk when alcohol is abused by young people. Jonathan Jelves, board member of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) said regarding the importance of the project: “It’s surprising to learn that students, even though they drink so much and so often, actually don’t know so much about alcohol which is quite a dangerous combination. So for us that is really the key of Responsible Party, raising awareness and providing information.” Alexandre Ricard, chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard, shares this point of view and continues by saying that “The Responsible Party is absolutely crucial because many, many young adults, students, across Europe party. And the key point there is to make sure that these parties take place in a responsible environment.”

Through the non-branded partnership, Pernod Ricard offers expertise and resources to ensure a successful implementation of hundreds of Responsible Parties across Europe that reach over 100,000 students every year. ESN on the other hand adds their student ambassadors to the program, in order to achieve a peer-to-peer approach. These ambassadors, called the Party Squad, convey the message of responsible consumption to their fellow students during parties, by using gadgets and fun activities. In order to ensure that they are well prepared and up for the task, Pernod Ricard provides them with a preparatory training tailored to students. 

ESN and Pernod Ricard are glad to continue their collaboration on this ambitious and worthwhile project to ensure the safety of students. Concerning the expectations for the future collaboration with Pernod Ricard Jonathan Jelves  said “we know from Pernod Ricard that they are fully behind the project and our collaboration is better than ever. I can only expect the greatest of things for 2015.

Erasmus Student Network is the biggest student organisation in Europe, founded in 1989 to support and develop student exchange. ESN is present in more than 480 Higher Education Institutions in 37 countries involving around 14,500 volunteers offering its services to 190,000 international students. ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing student exchanges on different levels and provides an intercultural experience also to those students who cannot access a period abroad ('internationalisation at home'). For more information visit http://esn.org

Categories: ESN International

Section in the Spotlight: ESN SGH, Poland

Tue, 09/06/2015 - 12:47

Section in the Spotlight is this month going big, to the heart of Europe. Let us present the SitS of June, the largest section in Poland: ESN SGH (Szkoła Główna Handlowa) in Warsaw! With over 150 active members, lead by a board of five people, this section reveals its secrets to how it can function with such a large number of members: “In such a big organization, knowledge transfer is crucial for growth and development of the section.”

Let’s go back to the beginning… It all started with an idea formed by a group of students, who wanted to help arriving exchange students. In 2001, they decided to join the ESN family and create a new section: ESN SGH, which is today the fastest growing student organization at Warsaw School of Economics. The section’s main task is supporting exchange students arriving in Warsaw. This they do by organizing a range of different events starting with Orientation Weeks twice a year as well as pairing the international students with Polish “buddies”. ESN SGH also arranges Tandem Courses, where the international students play a key role as native speakers, exchanging information about their own countries, languages and cultures. Furthermore, in order to promote mobility, the section organizes Erasmus Day, in which they, with the help of the exchange students, present possible destinations for local students planning to go on exchange.

 

 

You could say that ESN SGH really has embraced the saying: “mobility is a lifestyle”. The section does not only help the international students during the exchange, they have also thought about the time after the mobility period. One of their newer programs, “Let’s Stay a Bit Longer”, aims to connect the international students to future local employers, in order to give them the chance to do just exactly that… Extend their stay for a bit longer.

ESN SGH has managed to create an image to make the organization stand out for the local students, with several activities planned for them as well. The section organizes different events to promote mobility and participation in exchange programs. There are many different advantages for the members active in ESN SGH; not only do they gain international experience, but thanks to the section’s involvement in the local community, through for example cooperation with local and international companies, the members get to develop their project management, team- and networking skills.

The section’s members are being well looked after; team-building activities are important for a big section like ESN SGH so that the members can get to know each other, but also learn how to work together. The majority of the board members have a specific team working behind them, which means working intensely in the project groups, such as the PR team or Corporate Partners team. Furthermore, each new member is assigned a mentor, an older member, who has been active for longer in the section. Many of the members from the section continue being active on the different levels of the network. The section has produced national board members as well as actives in the national and international committees. Another accomplishment is the organization of an international event, CND Warsaw, which has led up to something even bigger… Warsaw received the prestigious task of organising the AGM of 2016!

 

Moreover, ESN SGH is welcoming any new ideas from members regarding events, trips or projects, both locally as well as at a higher level; ESNcard is an idea born in this Varsovian section, which spread out to the whole network. Other international projects, such as SocialErasmus, are also going strong. Visits to local orphanages, hospitals and primary schools have been appreciated from both the participating students as well as the locals.

All their hard work has paid off and ESN SGH can now proudly say that they are “the second best section of the network” after receiving this prize at AGM Ankara. Team building, mentors, communication and teamwork… How could we sum up the reasons behind the many achievements of this section? ESN SGH seems to have an idea: “ESN SGH is full of innovative ideas, which are constantly pursued. Everything we do, we do with passion, ambition, determination and a touch of fun, as laughing together gets people closer and that is the key to success.

 

by Jasmine Malla

Categories: ESN International

Erasmus+ Train-the-Trainers event in Brussels

Wed, 03/06/2015 - 15:29

On May 18, 2015 one of the first events of the new association ESAA took place: the Erasmus+ Train-the-Trainers event was organised on the premises of the European Commission, DG Education and Culture in Brussels. It was initated by the ESAA Policy Working Group with the idea to give 15 trainees a deeper understanding of Erasmus+, the new programme for Education, Training, Youth, and Sport.

Six representatives of the European Commission joined the event, as well as an intercultural trainer from the ESAA service provider ICUnet. The aim of the event was to give information to active members about Erasmus+ and help them understand how to pass this information to prospective students, universities, alumni, national agencies and potential employers.

In several interactive sessions the trainees were provided with details about credit and degree mobility, with the focus on main benefits and messages for the students. Also, they learned in a very practical way how to engage new members, to show how mobility affects excellent degrees, employability and cultural competences.

The freshly trained Erasmus+ experts will attend pre-departure events, education fairs as well as at the ESAA kick-off event, in order to share their experience and knowledge!

More information: ESAA website
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ESN and Uniplaces: Student accommodation made easy

Mon, 11/05/2015 - 16:17

Erasmus Student Network and Uniplaces join forces to overcome housing obstacle faced by international students

The European-based startup Uniplaces and the pan-European Erasmus Student Network have teamed up to improve international students’ support services by introducing an innovative solution to overcome one of the biggest barriers to student mobility: accommodation. As Europe has committed itself to increase the global competitiveness of European Higher Education, student support services have an important role to play in attracting high quality students from abroad. 

Finding a place to live is not only an early step in a student’s journey, it’s one of the costliest: accommodation can represent up to 50% of students’ total living expenses. Stefan Jahnke, president of the Erasmus Student Network AISBL (ESN) says: “Throughout the years we have within ESN identified accommodation to be one of the largest obstacles to increased educational mobility. Thousands of students leave every semester worried about where they will be staying instead of being able to focus on the upcoming academic and cultural exchange. This is exactly why we’re very pleased to have entered into a long-term partnership with Uniplaces, an online accommodation provider that focuses exactly on our target group – international students. We look forward to tackle the challenge of student accommodation in Europe together and to contribute to the future increased mobility of young persons in Europe and beyond.”

Through the partnership, Uniplaces will offer affordable and safe accommodation to international students which will be promoted by the ESN network all across Europe. The partnership also involves cooperation on the UniPlaces Scholarship, a scheme that offers free housing to students worldwide, as well as an Ambassadors’ Academy, giving students professional development opportunities. ESN and Uniplaces are also planning to conduct research to identify the challenges students face, especially concerning accommodation.

Miguel Amaro co-founder of Uniplaces highlights the importance of the partnership: “At Uniplaces, we’re passionate about increasing student mobility across the globe. ESN holds very similar values. It’s obvious that there are plenty of synergies between both organisations, we share the same mission of breaking down barriers to student mobility. That makes this partnership a tremendous win-win.” ESN and Uniplaces are glad to together contribute to an ambitious project aiming at improving international and exchange students’ lives and empower mobility.

 

 

Uniplaces is a London-based startup that is creating a trusted, global brand for student accommodation. Since launching in 2013, Uniplaces became the fastest-growing international website for booking student accommodation. Uniplaces has been making the process of finding accommodation easier for students. It also provides landlords with an easy way to rent their accommodation online to students from all over the world and to benefit from higher-than-average rental yields. Uniplaces works closely with Universities and professional accommodation providers. For more information visit http://uniplaces.com

 

 

Erasmus Student Network is the biggest student organisation in Europe, founded in 1989 to support and develop student exchange. ESN is present in more than 480 Higher Education Institutions in 37 countries involving around 14,500 volunteers offering its services to 190,000 international students. ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing student exchanges on different levels and provides an intercultural experience also to those students who cannot access a period abroad ('internationalisation at home'). For more information visit http://esn.org

Categories: ESN International

Section in the Spotlight: ESN Jena, Germany

Fri, 08/05/2015 - 11:07

It was sure worth the wait! Your favourite and highly anticipated column has finally reached the light of a day after a raw and far too long winter! Without any further ado let us all head to the heart of Germany where a shining little Section in the Spotlight of May resides! Having 22 young and active volunteers, with 3 board members, leading the path and dedicating their passion for better integration of international students. Meet ESN Jena!

The inspiring history of ESN Jena begins as many others in the Network: in 1996 students formed a group named “Erasmus Alumni” that wanted to take care of the increasing number of international students in Jena. Couple years later, in 2000 they joined ESN as the 5th section in Germany. Fourteen years under the ESN star gave them a lot of various milestones to look back to.

 

That being said, all of the milestones from hosting CNR in 2005 to being legally accepted as an association were unimaginable without the great devotion and dedication of ESN Jena members. Interestingly enough, international students are always welcome to join the section and turns out that they quite like doing so without any extra persuasion. ESN Jena already had members from Russia, China and even faraway places like Vietnam. This puts interculturalism to a whole different level! And even though international members find German bureaucracy off-putting when organizing events they still lend their helping hand DJing at the parties, getting involved in many SocialErasmus activities, charity events or even starting to organize promising projects like working with refugees living in Jena.

During the semester ESN Jena is really buckling down so they could have a lot to offer for the exchange students. From traditional Thuringian BBQs throughout the entire year to going on a hike around Jena. The events are often dependent on the interests of section members and international students, so if you will ever find yourself in this lovely German town prepare to have a refreshing swim in the Baltic Sea one day and watch Eurovision Song Contest the next one.

Speaking about large scale events, the flagship project of ESN Jena named “Get-to-know-weekend” involves around 30 participants each time and demands some high level commitment, see for yourselves: “Thus, we offer a very cheap trip to a small village in the middle of the Thuringian Forest. The special thing about that village: you don’t have any internet connection or even mobile signal. So we need to entertain them otherwise. We make energizer, teambuilding games, get-to-know-games, a German quiz but also cook together, go hiking and go snow tubing which is always great.“

For the shining section of May, cooperation is the key and the heart of their rewarding work. Having a good relationship with the student union and International Office provides the section with opportunities to attend regular meetings and discuss the general situation at the university as well as being a part of decision making progress. IO helps a lot financially and together with ESN Jena they promote mobility at fairs and work on improving the internationalism at their university. Working hand in hand with other organizations is a result of belonging to Int.Ro, the Department for Intercultural exchange of the student council. As a member of this organization, ESN Jena shares an intercultural house in the heart of the city. ESN pad in the city centre! Pretty wicked, isn’t it?

Such is a glimpse of the wondrous life of ESN Jena, a section which inspired their exchange students to join ESN or establish sections in Dijon and Timisoara; a section which gave German NB 2 Presidents, one NR, one Project Manager, one Fundraiser and 3 PRs! How did they do it? We will let them say themselves: And also the key to the interest in the national and international level is simple: we believe in our members! And as we are Always standing united the network can expect more great things from this small little section in the heart of Germany.“ We are convinced. How about you?

 

by Karolis Kriuka

 

Categories: ESN International

SocialErasmus Week: Integrating exchange students with local society

Mon, 04/05/2015 - 17:08

For one week Europe will once again be the domain of the SocialErasmus Week Spring 2015 (4th to 10th of May) and the Erasmus Student Network will be united to make one of the largest movements towards a positive social impact happen.

 

Check the calendar of events around Europe!

 

SocialErasmus (SE) is an international project of ESN with the aim of involving international students participating in university exchange programs into social and voluntary activities in their host countries. The project promotes a social attitude among international students and facilitates their social integration into the local community while exploring the added value that residesin diversity in Europe.

SocialErasmus offers new ways for international students to expand their knowledge of other cultures and educational systems. It enables them to engage in activities that benefit society and brings them closer to the local communities they live in. The project’s activities promote a social attitude towards international students while at the same time, combine formal and informal education with intercultural experiences. Through their engagement, the students enrich their curricula, gain experiences, knowledge, openness to experience, understanding, and sense of appreciation for Europe.

International students connect to their local community on an interpersonal level and show that mobility does not only consist of travelling or studying abroad, but also active engagement in local communities. Such actions foster a better cultural understanding and inspires local students to study abroad.

ESN sections are encouraged to organise their best and most innovative SocialErasmus activities during this week. The objective is to give the international students the opportunity to take part in the SocialErasmus Week in their host country and to have a positive impact on the local community.

 

You can find more information about SocialErasmus here: www.socialerasmus.esn.org
About SocialErasmus Week: Spring 2015

 

Categories: ESN International

AGM Ankara patronaged by the European Parliament

Fri, 17/04/2015 - 10:04

The Annual General Meeting of ESN has received the official patronage of the European Parliament! Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament has addressed the participants and the entire network in a video message:

We have also received a signed letter from President Schulz:

Dear Mr Jahnke,

Thank you for your letter of 13 February 2015 seeking the patronage of the European Parliament for the General Assembly of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) to be held in Ankara on 16-19 April 2015.

The work of your association, which aimed at creating a more mobile and flexible educational environment by supporting and developing student exchanges at different levels and facilitating intercultural experiences, is well-known and highly valued by the European Parliament.

Our institution believes that the Erasmus programme has been and continues to be one of the European Union's success stories over past 28 years. By fostering mobile student learning within and beyond the EU's borders, Erasmus has provided young people with opportunities to develop professional skills, gain valuable international experience, improve their interpersonal and intercultural abilities and become more open, confidenr and better prepared to tackle the challenges of contemporary society, while reinforcing their sense of European belonging and citizenship.

Given the clear European dimension of your initiative, it is with great pleasure that I grant your event the European Parliament's patronage.

Unfortunately, owing to a prior engagement, I will be unable to attend your event in person, but I hope you will accept my best wishes for the gathering in Ankara, which I am sure will be a great success.

Yours sincerely,
Martin Schulz


ESN would like to express gratitude for granting the event with the patronage. Our volunteers from all over Europe value highly the moral support received and are motivated to continue working for the international youth mobility.

Categories: ESN International

Be the next Erasmus+ Official video Star!

Thu, 09/04/2015 - 17:04

We are looking for candidates to be featured in the new Erasmus+ official video.

So who exactly do we need?

A person who undertook a traineeship abroad with the Erasmus+ programme and is now working in this company or in the same sector.
The goal is to visualise a "dream story". The student/young employer should now be working in her/his dream job, thanks to the traineeship undertaken.

What will be produced?

An official video promoting the Erasmus+ traineeships and how the programme changes lives. All that based on a personal story of the selected candidate.
The video should demonstrate that by providing support to young people to undertake traineeships abroad, Erasmus+ can create a bridge that helps young people secure proper employment.

Where do the candidates need to be located?

The location does not matter  - the best story will be chosen for the video.

How many people will be selected?

Only one person will make it for the interview

Does the type of the exchange programme matter?

Yes, only the Erasmus+ programme participants are eligible.
(that means that the traineeship took place no earlier than in 2014)

How to apply?

Send an e-mail to media@esn.org with the topic "Erasmus+ Success Story" by Monday, April 23th 2015, 23:59 CET

Please include:

o    a paragraph telling us your story of the Erasmus+ traineeship success

o    your picture.

o    extra information about the company and any additional links

o    an explanation of how you found your traineeship

o    If you have been interviewed before or starred in a video, send us the link too.

 

Example of a final product: 

 

Categories: ESN International

The UniPlaces Scholarship offers free rent for a whole semester

Fri, 03/04/2015 - 18:19

Do something good - Get something great

The UniPlaces Scholarship, in cooperation with the Erasmus Student Network, is offering 5 students free accommodation for a whole semester!

The challenge is simple, but the stakes are high: do something random and kind for another student - and film it! Everybody uploading a video has the chance to win the first ever global scholarship for student housing.

The Uniplaces Living the Dream scholarship is the scholarship you can take home with you. It’s not just a fund we’re creating, it’s an international movement. By making it more international, making it kinder and more random: this is how we change the world.

Apply by visiting the UniPlaces Scholarship website: http://scholarship.uniplaces.com

Uniplaces is an online marketplace for booking student accommodation with thousands of verified properties. UniPlaces believes in empowering student mobility, especially by making the process of finding accommodation online easier for students and landlords.

Categories: ESN International

Great minds think alike: Erasmus Student Network partners up with Hostelling International

Thu, 02/04/2015 - 12:37

Over 25 years of supporting international student mobility and over a century of experience in hostelling. How will this cooperation of the two networks benefit young travellers?

With the growing demand of the young generation to move both abroad and within their own countries, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and Hostelling International (HI) have decided to join forces, helping young travellers discover new places, learn about new cultures and gain experience through affordable and quality travel opportunities.  

“I am very pleased with this new partnership. We share similar values.” says Angela Braasch-Eggert, President of HI. “Hostelling International stands for inclusivity, learning and understanding other people and their cultures, and is concerned with a sustainable future for young people. We look forward to working together.”

Both HI and ESN believe that mobility is the key to personal development.  “The partnership between ESN and HI can be called a ‘perfect match’. The vision of Hostelling International as a membership organisation with a network of accommodation providers for mobile young people matches 100% with ours. Going abroad is about meeting other people and experiencing different cultures. I am extremely happy that we start this partnership and give all ESNcard holders the possibility to be part of the HI community.” says Stefan Jahnke, President of ESN.

What’s in it for international students? All 130,000 ESNcard holders from the next academic year will be able to benefit from a free year-long HI membership and discounts in nearly 4,000 quality HI hostels in 91 countries around the globe. Furthermore, with the ESNcard students can access thousands of discounted hostel beds in 38 European countries and the opportunity to participate in cultural events, trips and parties organised by ESN all year-round. The ESNcard can be purchased at any of the local ESN associations around Europe.

With the European Commission’s ambition of 20% of higher education students having had a study or training period abroad by 2020 the first step to be taken is allowing young people to move, explore the world and feel confident doing it. From today, HI and ESN together make travelling easier and more affordable than ever before.

ESN says HI to the World! Will you?

Categories: ESN International

Small actions may change the world: SAVES project

Mon, 30/03/2015 - 13:24

Maria wakes up in her dormitory room. She switches on a few lamps that she prefers to the natural, all-too-bright Cypriot sun. She turns the heating up to the maximum to be able to wear a summer top inside, and then switches on the computer and the radio, just to leave the room a minute later. Suddenly, Maria finds herself in a darkest nightmare threatened by a phantom to have her dormitory blown up if she does not turn every appliance off within 10 minutes and save the energy that she has been wasting… Will Maria succeed? To find out watch this amusing, awareness-raising Switch Off Horror Movie made by University of Cyprus students in the framework of the SAVES Project, which is now celebrating the results of its first semester.

The objective of the SAVES Project is to support environmentally responsible behavior among the students living in the dormitories by means of running the fun Student Switch Off competitions in dormitories in five partner countries: UK, Sweden, Greece, Cyprus and Lithuania. Student Switch Off campaigns across Europe launched for the first time in the participating countries in September and October 2014. The first semester of this action showed the achieved average reduction of 295,732kWh in energy usage across the participating dormitories, which equates to 86.98tCO2 and 25.431toe, and translates to a 3.13% saving in just a few months! Even better news? SAVES Project is running until the end of the academic year 2015/2016 and the total expected energy saving at the end of the action is at the level of 8%.

The first semester of European Student Switch Off campaigns saw plenty of vibrant student engagement actions. Around 3,300 students signed up to the campaigns and 104 of them were trained as student ambassadors. Each participating dormitory organized a number of photo competitions on their respective Facebook page, resulting in over 140 photos submitted to date. Take a look at the winning photo. Moreover, around 1,300 students took part in the online climate change quiz raising their awareness about energy-saving and climate change.

 

Want to know more? Attend a SAVES Project Session at the upcoming 5th UNICA Green Academic Footprint Workshop, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, 25-27 March 2015 or at the 27th Annual EAIE 2015 Conference, Glasgow, 15-18 September 2015.

 

More information: About SAVES on ESN.org
Categories: ESN International

Press Release: Supporting Learning Mobility - Reaction on the Declaration by the EU Education Ministers

Thu, 26/03/2015 - 13:12
Reaction of the Erasmus Student Network on the Declaration on Promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education by the European Union Education Ministers

 

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN), who has been acting for the enrichment of society through international student mobility for more than 25 years, strongly welcomes the recent declaration of the European Union Education Ministers, not only because of the values it outlines, but also due to the joint commitment expressed by the European Commission and the Member States. ESN would like to highlight some dimensions of the declaration and would like to push for stronger commitment regarding international learning mobility.

In the midst of the terrible events that struck France and Denmark recently, we strongly agree that the first long-term answer lies in renewed commitment and investment in education at all levels. Only a comprehensive educational strategy that places equal attention in developing knowledge and skills and in fostering active citizenship, tolerant and culturally-open attitudes will lead to the desired goals.

ESN also strongly supports the engagement of Member States to foster dialogue between all education stakeholders, in particular associative structures. In fact, involving young people themselves in shaping new education methods and goals is instrumental in creating a sense of ownership and belonging, which is absolutely crucial to successful education.

ESN believes that international learning mobility under all its forms offers extremely high potential to help reach all the goals mentioned along the declaration. Given its central place in 21st century education, mobility should be supported by all authorities, from the local to the European level. Involved parties should not only rely on the Erasmus+ programme, but also encourage local, regional and national mechanisms in order to develop the accessibility and the quality of mobility opportunities.

Regarding Higher Education, the commonly agreed target for 2020 of 20% of Higher Education graduates who would have experienced international learning mobility during their curriculum will not be achieved without a comprehensive commitment from stakeholders at all levels. Therefore, we call the upcoming Ministerial Conference (May 2015, Yerevan - Armenia) to address the question of the accessibility of mobility to all young people and students. This future opportunity should be taken to reach an agreement on clear national recommendations to support mobility as an ideal tool to ensure the multicultural identity of Europe.

The Erasmus Student Network, as a pan-European wide-reaching grassroots civil society organisation, commits to support the European Union and the individual member states in reaching goals expressed in the declaration through the action of its thousands of volunteers, dedicated to the cause of a united and culturally open Europe. ESN equally commits to support mobility in order to make every student’s mobility experience, a quality European citizenship experience.

Categories: ESN International

Logo competition: Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association

Tue, 17/03/2015 - 18:30

Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association (ESAA) integrate the four higher education associations: Erasmus Mundus Association, Erasmus Students Network, Oceans Network and garagErasmus under one new umbrella.

The new ESAA aims to promote cooperation and mutual understanding among students, who participated in EU higher education programs in different countries. Diversity and internationalization as well as global professional and personal network shape our values. The goal is to create a community, which is sharing a strong European identity, while working on innovative concepts through exchange and bilateral relationships. As “ambassadors” of the EU we want to create and maintain networks and further give opportunities for people-to-people communication and debate. The promotion of studying abroad is a relevant aspect of the EU external relations to foster the European identity.

The following criteria apply:

  • The acronym ESAA should be kept clear and the logo needs to mention the Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association
  • Be as creative as possible, illustrate a fresh and progressively depict of the essence of the four organizations and the specific values that unite us

We can’t wait to receive your jaw-dropping logo designs with the title “ESAA”.

Please send your design to Pavan K Sriram (vice.president@em-a.eu), who is the coordinator of the task from EMA.

Deadline: Tuesday, 24th March, 2015 (29:59)

Award: the winner of the call receives an iPad! The winning logo will become the recognized symbol of ESAA and will be officially unveiled during the kick-off event in Brussels on June 11th, 2015.

More information: Erasmus+Erasmus Mundus AssociationErasmus Student NetworkgaragErasmusOCEANS Network
Categories: ESN International