European Student Card Is Improving

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The number of students has more than doubled since a year ago, and the number of Higher Education Institutions issuing European Student Cards has increased by 120% compared to last year.

European Student Card Initiative

The European Student Card Initiative (the ESCI) is composed of three building blocks

  • European Student Card – transforming current student cards into a European Student Card so students can benefit from  on- and off- campus services during their mobility
  • Erasmus+ App – a single app to help Erasmus students with all their practical administration – before, during and after their mobility programme
  • Erasmus Without Paper – a digital solution connecting systems in use at higher education institutions allowing to manage their Erasmus+ mobilities online

The Initiative is a step forward in the transition towards a digital European society and a true European Education Area, in which spending time abroad to study and learn is the norm, and educational excellence is a reality for all.

European Student Card

When a card is active, both students and Higher Education Institutions can explore all benefits of the ESC, including easy access to student services during a mobility experience without needing a new card.

The goal for 2025 is that most European students benefit from an active ESC either in their pocket or digitally, on their phone.

Towards this goal to issue active ESCs, 512 institutions across 26 out of the 33 countries of the Erasmus+ Programme have already registered to the ESC-Router by completing the registration process – getting one step closer to issuing active cards. In addition, hologram requests have increased by 40% since last year, adding up to a total of 3.5 million.

How can your institution join the ESC?

See how the ESC works and how to join.

Stay tuned to know more about what we are doing!

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