Who can get the ESNcard?
You can get the ESNcard, if you belong to one of the following groups:
- Erasmus+ students
- Erasmus+ trainees
- Erasmus+ International incoming students
- International incoming students or trainees on a mobility programme, other than Erasmus+
- International undergraduate or postgraduate full degree students
- EVS participants
- ESNers: either active on the Local, National or International Level. They are all members of a section
- ESN Alumni: contact your ESN section and see if you are entitled to receive an ESNcard (this depends on the statutes of each ESN section)
- ESN buddies: if there is an ESN section in your city, and you are part of a buddy programme, contact the local ESN section and check if you are entitled to receive an ESNcard (this depends on the statutes of each of the ESN sections).
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 organisation as a volunteer in your local section and help to organise activities or fulfil other administrative and coordinating tasks. ESN volunteers are also members of our organisation with the same rights and advantages.
I am a former exchange student; can I still get the ESNcard?
No, only if you are part of one of the categories mentioned in “Who can get the ESNcard?”
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 distribute the ESNcard. You need to contact the local ESN section from your city or university and check if they distribute the ESNcard. If yes, you can get 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 distribute the ESNcard.
There is no section in my country. Can I apply for the ESNcard?
No, ESNcards are only distributed in the countries where ESN is present.
I don't have an ESN section in the city where I'm going. What do I do?
You can try to get an ESNcard by contacting your closest ESN section. However, due to legal requirements, obtaining an ESNcard in a different section not registered at your destination university is not always a possibility.
What do I need to make an ESNcard?
You need to visit the local section and bring:
- a printed colour passport photo
- your ID/passport
- a document proving your mobility status (such as a Learning Agreement, Training Agreement, Acceptance Letter, etc.).
How much does an ESNcard cost?
The cost of membership (and the ESNcard) varies from one ESN section to another depending on the benefits they offer. You should check with the ESN section that corresponds you according to your university of destination..
How long is my ESNcard valid for?
The card is valid for 12 months from the date of acquisition . The acquisition date is written on the ESNcard by the section that distributes it to you.
I lost my ESNcard, what can I do?
You need to contact the ESN section which you are a member of, to see how you can get a new one. Once you have a new ESNcard, just go to My Account>Edit and add your new ESNcard number and expiration date to your profile.
My ESNcard has expired, what should I do to reactivate it?
You can always renew your membership in an ESN section, as long as you are still part of one of the categories mentioned in “Who can get the ESNcard?”.
Can I use my ESNcard as a student card?
ESNcards are not valid student cards, which are exclusively supplied 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 date set in the front side. As long as your ESNcard has not 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. Contact your ESN section for more details.
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 ESNcard partner.
Can I take part in ESN events of other sections?
Usually yes, but in some countries/cities this is not possible due to different applicable laws. Please check with the section organising the event/activity.