The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is one of the largest interdisciplinary students’ initiatives in Europe. ESN is currently represented at 472 universities in 37 countries (January 2015) and offers service to 160,000 students. Every ESN member participates voluntarily.
ESN is operating in three levels: local, national, and international.
The local level are the single sections at the universities. Service is offered to international students, the exchange between native students and incoming students is supported and students who are interested can get important information about studying abroad.
All sections of a country form the National Platform. This platform elects the National Board and decides about changes in the statute.
The international level is composed of the International Board, the Council of National Representatives (CNR) and the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The international Board is the executive board of the international network. Its members are elected at the AGM for one year and live in the ESN-House in Brussels. They are responsible for all sections, they coordinate the tasks in the network and they represent ESN to the public.
The AGM is the annual main meeting of ESN and is the highest decision-making board. Delegates of the single sections elect the new board, decide about changes in the statute, the budget etc.
The CNR is the association of all National Representatives. It controls the International Board and represents the AGM, this means that it takes all important decisions in a year.
Above all, ESN represents the interests of international students on the European level: ESN is member in the European Youth Forum and can participate in the Council of Europe when it comes to education policy or higher education policy.