The 30th Anniversary of the Erasmus Student Network

Happy birthday ESN! Feliz cumpleaños, Grattis på födelsedagen, Všechno nejlepší k narozeninám, Feliz aniversario, Sretan rođendan, Χρόνια Πολλά, Gelukkige verjaardag, La mulți ani, срећан рођендан, Joyeux Anniversaire, Zorionak, Wszystkiego najlepszego!

On the 16th of October 1989, Erasmus Student Network was born - and for the next 30 years, through our programmes and services we've been committed to improving international education, fostering intercultural understanding and creating positive change in society through our values. From a group of homecoming Erasmus students who joined forces to help their local exchange students in 1989 to one of the biggest student organisations in Europe shaping the future of the Erasmus+ and other exchange programmes, ESN has come a long way.

"ESN was born in a divided world. In a world where it was impossible for young people from eastern Europe to have friends from western Europe. Throughout the years, the European continent faced many challenges which led to division and isolation among the societies.  Despite all these challenges, ESN, from a small group of friends, evolved to become one of the largest youth organisations reaching from Portugal to Cyprus, from Iceland to Russia, bringing together 15.000 young people from 41 countries. At the same time Erasmus, from a mobility programme became one of the largest youth movements in Europe, creating the Erasmus Generation. ESN is proud of being an important contributor to this movement and for many years to come, we will continue fulfilling our mission in providing self-development opportunities and empowering young people not only in Europe but also beyond." - Kostis Giannidis, President of the Erasmus Student Network