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, outside of Erasmus+;
  • International undergraduate or postgraduate full degree students;
  • EVS volunteers;
  • Volunteers:
  • ESNers: either active on the Local, National or International level. They are all members of a section;
  • Alumni: contact your ESN section and see if you are entitled to receive an ESNcard (this depends on the statutes of each ESN section).
  • Buddies: if there is an ESN section in your city, and you are part of a buddy programme, contact the local ESN section and see if you are entitled to receive an ESNcard (this depends on the statutes of each ESN section). If you are not entitled, you can always become an ESNer.

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

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.



How can you get the ESNcard?

The ESNcard is distributed in almost all the countries where ESN is present by the ESN sections, which are non-profit student organisations.

The ESNcard can be obtained exclusively from your local ESN section in your destination city. If you are an ESNer, an Alumnus, or a Buddy and you are not in mobility, you can obtain your ESNcard from the local ESN section as long as you are volunteering for the organisation.

You can find the distribution point of the ESNcard here. If there is no ESN section in the destination city, you can get your ESNcard from the closest ESN section.



Where can I get 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.
You can try 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 possible.

What do I need to get an ESNcard?

You need to visit the local section and bring:

  1. a printed  colour passport photo;
  2. your ID/passport;
  3. a document proving your mobility status (such as a Learning Agreement, Training Agreement, acceptance letter, etc.).



How do I register and activate my ESNcard?

To register your ESNcard, please create an account at: ESNcard.org/register and activate your card by adding its number to the form.
If you have had another ESNcard before, you can simply add the new ESNcard number to your user account.

Please, keep in mind though that having an ESNcard user profile does not mean your ESNcard is active.
You can create an account without having a card but to register and activate the ESNcard, you have to buy it first.

What is my ESNcard number?

Your ESNcard number is written on your ESNcard under the “ESN section” blank.
It consists of 7 digits and 4 capital letters (the last letter can be sometimes replaced by another digit).

Why is my ESNcard number invalid?

If you have received this notification, it is very possible that you are using one of the old ESNcards that are no longer valid. Please contact your local section and ask for replacing it with a new one. This is what your ESNcard should look like:

If your ESNcard looks like this and you still have a problem registering it, please contact your ESN section directly. The problem might have been caused by an internal issue within the section.

What should I do if my home/host university is not on the list?

If you cannot find your university on the list, please try to check if it is listed under its English name.
You can also try by typing only an important keyword of the name and see if it appears in the dropdown list.

If the school is not available, please select another institution that is located in the same city (if possible) or just within the same country. This will in no way affect to your benefits. If you choose this option, please fill in this form to let us know which university needs to be added to our database.



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.

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, please fill in this form.

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 official student IDs, which are exclusively supplied by universities, but a membership card of the Erasmus Student Network. 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.



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 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.