Who can get the ESNcard?

You can get the ESNcard, if you belong to one of the following groups:

  • The ESNcard is used by over 140.000 people per year in 40 countries, and the numbers are growing every year.
  • You can get the ESNcard, if you belong to one of the following groups:
  • Erasmus+ students;
  • Erasmus+ trainees;
  • International incoming students or trainees on a mobility programme, outside of Erasmus+;
  • International undergraduate or postgraduate full degree students;
  • Volunteers:
    • ESNers: either active on Local, National or International level. They are all members of a section;
    • Alumni: they can be entitled to get an ESNcard if the statutes of their ESN section explicitly set so;
    • Buddies: sections are recommended to distribute to that group of people, only after they have a proof of a person’s role as a buddy. Sections can either obtain the list from their University, although some sections organise the whole buddy system themselves.

I’m not an exchange student, is there a way I can enjoy ESNcard’s benefit?

If you are a student, but you are not taking part in a mobility programme, you can always join our Organization as a volunteer in our section and help to organize activities and other administrative and coordination tasks. ESN volunteers are also members of our Organization with the same rights and advantages.

I am a former exchange student; can I still get the ESNcard?

No, only current exchange students or interns can be a member of the Erasmus Student Network, with exception of ESN volunteers.

Is there an age limit?

Age is not a condition to get the ESNcard.


Where can I purchase an ESNcard?

Only ESN Sections are allowed to sell the ESNcard. You need to contact the local ESN section from your city or university and check if they sell the ESNcard. If yes, you can buy the ESNcard from them and enjoy its benefits.

Can I buy the ESNcard online?

No, ESNcards are exclusively distributed by ESN sections. You need to contact the ESN section from your city or university and check if they sell the ESNcard.

There is no section in my country. Can I apply for the ESNcard?

No, ESNcards are only sold in the countries where ESN is present.

What do I need to make an ESNcard?

You need to visit the local section and bring a passport photo with you.

General enquiries

How much does an ESNcard cost?

The cost of the membership (and ESNcard) varies from one ESN section to another depending on the benefits they offer. Usually, a yearly membership has a cost of between 5€ and 15€.

How long is my ESNcard valid for?

The card is valid for 12 months from the purchase date. The purchase date is written on the ESNcard by the section that sells it to you.

I lost my ESNcard, what can I do?

You need to contact the ESN section in which you are a member of, to see how you can get a new one. If you can’t go to this section, you can become a member in another section and they will provide you with your new ESNcard.

My ESNcard has expired, what should I do to reactivate it?

You need to renew your membership in an ESN section.

Can I use my ESNcard as a student card?

ESNcards are not valid student cards, these are exclusively delivered by universities. You can benefit from the ESNcard discounts, but ESNcards are not always accepted for regular student discounts.

I bought my ESNcard during my exchange, is it valid in my home country?

The ESNcard is valid for 12 months from the purchase date. As long as your ESNcard hasn't expired, you can use it for all ESNcard discounts in Europe.

Discounts and events

What benefits and discounts can I get with my ESNcard?

You can check all discounts on esncard.org. Depending on the sections, you can usually take part in ESN events at a reduced price with the ESNcard.

Can my family and friends enjoy the benefits of my ESNcard?

Only ESNcard owners can benefit from ESNcard’s advantages, unless otherwise stated by the partner.

Can I take part in ESN events of other sections?

Usually yes, but you need to check with the section.