Spotlight on the International Exchange Erasmus Student Network (ESN)

Students helping students!

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  1. What is the Erasmus Student Network?
  2. In a nutshell
  3. ESN Rennes
  4. ESN and Université de Rennes 1

What is the Erasmus Student Network?

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the key volunteer student organisation in international higher education in Europe. Founded in 1989, it provides opportunities for cultural and self-development under the prinicple of Student helping Student.

It is present in more than 900 higher education institutions from 40 countries and has 524 local representatives. The ESN involves around 40,000 young people providing support for around 220,000 international students every year.

The main focus of ESN is to help exchange students with their social and practical integration. However, ESN also works at motivating students to study abroad and helps homecoming students with their reintegration.

In a nutshell


  • works in the interest of international students
  • works to improve the social and practical integration of international students
  • represents the needs and rights of international students on the local, national, and international level
  • provides relevant information about mobility programmes
  • motivates students to study abroad
  • works with the reintegration of homecoming students
  • contributes to the improvement and accessibility of student mobility
  • cares about its members
  • values volunteering and active citizenship

ESN Rennes

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Every year, around 8000 students on mobility (Erasmus or another exchange programme) arrive in Rennes to study for a semester or a year.

In September 2009, the association Rennes Sans Frontières was created with the goal of welcoming international students and helping them adapt to life in the city. In 2011, this association became part of the Erasmus Student Network.

ESN Rennes is now one of the main associations in Rennes involved in the integration of international students.

ESN Rennes organises cultural and social activities to facilitate the integration of mobility programme participants. They organise events where international students can get together and meet other students in Rennes, as well as theme nights, visits, international dinners and language groups.

ESN and Université de Rennes 1

Each year, ESN participates in the Foundation Rennes 1's Soirée Partir à l'étranger (an evening dedicated to going abroad to study or work). Volunteers on their stand share their experience of study or work abroad and answer students' questions.

The ESN will be organising an evening for international students during the 30th anniversary of Erasmus+ celebrations on 12th October 2017.

A dynamic team of volunteers from ESN Rennes is available Facebook in order to provide all the help they can to all students who need advice on how to improve their lives in Rennes.

Contact: ESN Rennes
Cité internationale Paul Ricœur
1 Place Paul Ricœur
35000 Rennes

A short film presentation of the ESN, THISisESN, can be found here.

Last updated: AMMon, 05 Oct 2020 10:48:57 +0200Mon, 05 Oct 2020 10:48:57 +0200am20