Be the next Erasmus+ Official video Star!

ESN International news - Thu, 09/04/2015 - 17:04

We are looking for candidates to be featured in the new Erasmus+ official video.

So who exactly do we need?

A person who undertook a traineeship abroad with the Erasmus+ programme and is now working in this company or in the same sector.
The goal is to visualise a "dream story". The student/young employer should now be working in her/his dream job, thanks to the traineeship undertaken.

What will be produced?

An official video promoting the Erasmus+ traineeships and how the programme changes lives. All that based on a personal story of the selected candidate.
The video should demonstrate that by providing support to young people to undertake traineeships abroad, Erasmus+ can create a bridge that helps young people secure proper employment.

Where do the candidates need to be located?

The location does not matter  - the best story will be chosen for the video.

How many people will be selected?

Only one person will make it for the interview

Does the type of the exchange programme matter?

Yes, only the Erasmus+ programme participants are eligible.
(that means that the traineeship took place no earlier than in 2014)

How to apply?

Send an e-mail to media@esn.org with the topic "Erasmus+ Success Story" by Thursday, April 23th 2015, 23:59 CET

Please include:

  • a paragraph telling us your story of the Erasmus+ traineeship success
  • your picture.
  • extra information about the company and any additional links
  • an explanation of how you found your traineeship
  • If you have been interviewed before or starred in a video, send us the link too.

 

Example of a final product: 

 

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The UniPlaces Scholarship offers free rent for a whole semester

ESN International news - Fri, 03/04/2015 - 18:19

Do something good - Get something great

The UniPlaces Scholarship, in cooperation with the Erasmus Student Network, is offering 5 students free accommodation for a whole semester!

The challenge is simple, but the stakes are high: do something random and kind for another student - and film it! Everybody uploading a video has the chance to win the first ever global scholarship for student housing.

The Uniplaces Living the Dream scholarship is the scholarship you can take home with you. It’s not just a fund we’re creating, it’s an international movement. By making it more international, making it kinder and more random: this is how we change the world.

Apply by visiting the UniPlaces Scholarship website: http://scholarship.uniplaces.com

Uniplaces is an online marketplace for booking student accommodation with thousands of verified properties. UniPlaces believes in empowering student mobility, especially by making the process of finding accommodation online easier for students and landlords.

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Great minds think alike: Erasmus Student Network partners up with Hostelling International

ESN International news - Thu, 02/04/2015 - 12:37

Over 25 years of supporting international student mobility and over a century of experience in hostelling. How will this cooperation of the two networks benefit young travellers?

With the growing demand of the young generation to move both abroad and within their own countries, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and Hostelling International (HI) have decided to join forces, helping young travellers discover new places, learn about new cultures and gain experience through affordable and quality travel opportunities.  

“I am very pleased with this new partnership. We share similar values.” says Angela Braasch-Eggert, President of HI. “Hostelling International stands for inclusivity, learning and understanding other people and their cultures, and is concerned with a sustainable future for young people. We look forward to working together.”

Both HI and ESN believe that mobility is the key to personal development.  “The partnership between ESN and HI can be called a ‘perfect match’. The vision of Hostelling International as a membership organisation with a network of accommodation providers for mobile young people matches 100% with ours. Going abroad is about meeting other people and experiencing different cultures. I am extremely happy that we start this partnership and give all ESNcard holders the possibility to be part of the HI community.” says Stefan Jahnke, President of ESN.

What’s in it for international students? All 130,000 ESNcard holders from the next academic year will be able to benefit from a free year-long HI membership and discounts in nearly 4,000 quality HI hostels in 91 countries around the globe. Furthermore, with the ESNcard students can access thousands of discounted hostel beds in 38 European countries and the opportunity to participate in cultural events, trips and parties organised by ESN all year-round. The ESNcard can be purchased at any of the local ESN associations around Europe.

With the European Commission’s ambition of 20% of higher education students having had a study or training period abroad by 2020 the first step to be taken is allowing young people to move, explore the world and feel confident doing it. From today, HI and ESN together make travelling easier and more affordable than ever before.

ESN says HI to the World! Will you?

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Small actions may change the world: SAVES project

ESN International news - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 13:24

Maria wakes up in her dormitory room. She switches on a few lamps that she prefers to the natural, all-too-bright Cypriot sun. She turns the heating up to the maximum to be able to wear a summer top inside, and then switches on the computer and the radio, just to leave the room a minute later. Suddenly, Maria finds herself in a darkest nightmare threatened by a phantom to have her dormitory blown up if she does not turn every appliance off within 10 minutes and save the energy that she has been wasting… Will Maria succeed? To find out watch this amusing, awareness-raising Switch Off Horror Movie made by University of Cyprus students in the framework of the SAVES Project, which is now celebrating the results of its first semester.

The objective of the SAVES Project is to support environmentally responsible behavior among the students living in the dormitories by means of running the fun Student Switch Off competitions in dormitories in five partner countries: UK, Sweden, Greece, Cyprus and Lithuania. Student Switch Off campaigns across Europe launched for the first time in the participating countries in September and October 2014. The first semester of this action showed the achieved average reduction of 295,732kWh in energy usage across the participating dormitories, which equates to 86.98tCO2 and 25.431toe, and translates to a 3.13% saving in just a few months! Even better news? SAVES Project is running until the end of the academic year 2015/2016 and the total expected energy saving at the end of the action is at the level of 8%.

The first semester of European Student Switch Off campaigns saw plenty of vibrant student engagement actions. Around 3,300 students signed up to the campaigns and 104 of them were trained as student ambassadors. Each participating dormitory organized a number of photo competitions on their respective Facebook page, resulting in over 140 photos submitted to date. Take a look at the winning photo. Moreover, around 1,300 students took part in the online climate change quiz raising their awareness about energy-saving and climate change.

 

Want to know more? Attend a SAVES Project Session at the upcoming 5th UNICA Green Academic Footprint Workshop, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, 25-27 March 2015 or at the 27th Annual EAIE 2015 Conference, Glasgow, 15-18 September 2015.

 

More information: About SAVES on ESN.org
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Press Release: Supporting Learning Mobility - Reaction on the Declaration by the EU Education Ministers

ESN International news - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 13:12
Reaction of the Erasmus Student Network on the Declaration on Promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education by the European Union Education Ministers

 

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN), who has been acting for the enrichment of society through international student mobility for more than 25 years, strongly welcomes the recent declaration of the European Union Education Ministers, not only because of the values it outlines, but also due to the joint commitment expressed by the European Commission and the Member States. ESN would like to highlight some dimensions of the declaration and would like to push for stronger commitment regarding international learning mobility.

In the midst of the terrible events that struck France and Denmark recently, we strongly agree that the first long-term answer lies in renewed commitment and investment in education at all levels. Only a comprehensive educational strategy that places equal attention in developing knowledge and skills and in fostering active citizenship, tolerant and culturally-open attitudes will lead to the desired goals.

ESN also strongly supports the engagement of Member States to foster dialogue between all education stakeholders, in particular associative structures. In fact, involving young people themselves in shaping new education methods and goals is instrumental in creating a sense of ownership and belonging, which is absolutely crucial to successful education.

ESN believes that international learning mobility under all its forms offers extremely high potential to help reach all the goals mentioned along the declaration. Given its central place in 21st century education, mobility should be supported by all authorities, from the local to the European level. Involved parties should not only rely on the Erasmus+ programme, but also encourage local, regional and national mechanisms in order to develop the accessibility and the quality of mobility opportunities.

Regarding Higher Education, the commonly agreed target for 2020 of 20% of Higher Education graduates who would have experienced international learning mobility during their curriculum will not be achieved without a comprehensive commitment from stakeholders at all levels. Therefore, we call the upcoming Ministerial Conference (May 2015, Yerevan - Armenia) to address the question of the accessibility of mobility to all young people and students. This future opportunity should be taken to reach an agreement on clear national recommendations to support mobility as an ideal tool to ensure the multicultural identity of Europe.

The Erasmus Student Network, as a pan-European wide-reaching grassroots civil society organisation, commits to support the European Union and the individual member states in reaching goals expressed in the declaration through the action of its thousands of volunteers, dedicated to the cause of a united and culturally open Europe. ESN equally commits to support mobility in order to make every student’s mobility experience, a quality European citizenship experience.

More information: Declaration on Promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through educationAttachment Files:  201503_Press_Release_ESN-Reaction-on-Declaration_EU-Education-Ministers.docx 201503_Press_Release_ESN-Reaction-on-Declaration_EU-Education-Ministers.pdf
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Logo competition: Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association

ESN International news - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 18:30

Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association (ESAA) integrate the four higher education associations: Erasmus Mundus Association, Erasmus Students Network, Oceans Network and garagErasmus under one new umbrella.

The new ESAA aims to promote cooperation and mutual understanding among students, who participated in EU higher education programs in different countries. Diversity and internationalization as well as global professional and personal network shape our values. The goal is to create a community, which is sharing a strong European identity, while working on innovative concepts through exchange and bilateral relationships. As “ambassadors” of the EU we want to create and maintain networks and further give opportunities for people-to-people communication and debate. The promotion of studying abroad is a relevant aspect of the EU external relations to foster the European identity.

The following criteria apply:

  • The acronym ESAA should be kept clear and the logo needs to mention the Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association
  • Be as creative as possible, illustrate a fresh and progressively depict of the essence of the four organizations and the specific values that unite us

We can’t wait to receive your jaw-dropping logo designs with the title “ESAA”.

Please send your design to Pavan K Sriram (vice.president@em-a.eu), who is the coordinator of the task from EMA.

Deadline: Tuesday, 24th March, 2015 (23:59)

Award: the winner of the call receives an iPad! The winning logo will become the recognized symbol of ESAA and will be officially unveiled during the kick-off event in Brussels on June 11th, 2015.

More information: Erasmus+Erasmus Mundus AssociationErasmus Student NetworkgaragErasmusOCEANS Network
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ESN sharing ideas for a better Europe - EYE Hearings 2015

ESN International news - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 17:17

In 2014, the European Youth Event (EYE2014) brought together more than 6000 young Europeans aged between 16 and 30. The event was organised by the European Parliament in close collaboration with the European Youth Forum.

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) had the opportunity to be present with over 40 delegates to attend some of the 200 panels and workshops, to present the organisation during the YO!Fest and to experience the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

As a follow-up of the event, the European Parliament organised hearings in some selected Committees. Our President, Stefan Jahnke, who was also a speaker during the EYE in 2014, had the chance to share some of the 600 ideas that were generated during the event to those committees.


Who says young people don’t want to get involved? Read more from @Europarl_EN #EYEHearings http://t.co/zaUbSCvyM4 pic.twitter.com/JM5tvrN5LG

— European Youth Event (@EP_YouthEvent) February 3, 2015

 

The hearings ensure an effective political follow-up and gave young people the chance to bring additional attention to some of the ideas. Around 70 Members of the European Parliament reacted directly to the ideas and stimulated a lively debate also on Social Media channels such as Twitter.

Stefan had the chance to present ideas to two different Committees: LIBE (Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs) and ENVI (Environment, Public Health and Food Safety). If you are interested in learning more about the EYE2014 hearings find more information in the following video materials:

 

Stefan describing his experience of the LIBE Committee:

 

Stefan describing his experience of the ENVI Committee:

 

Stefan discussing the EYE2014 hearings (in German):

  Post by European Parliament.

 

Find following some reactions by Members of the European Parliament on Twitter:


"Politics should be 1 click away" Great to hear @StefanJahnke speaking 21st century common sense #EYEHearings @EP_Justice @EP_YouthEvent

— Julie Ward MEP (@julie4nw) January 22, 2015

Good to hear enthusiastic presentations from young @EP_YouthEvent participants @stefanJahnke @leonardoPalumbo pic.twitter.com/es8HO06bVs

— Catherine Bearder (@catherinemep) January 29, 2015

.@yankeeu & @StefanJahnke addressing #ENVI cttee w/@EP_YouthEvent; clear calls for action on waste & environment pic.twitter.com/rXFln2IyjY

— Seb Dance MEP (@SebDance) January 29, 2015

Thanks to @StefanJahnke & @yankeeu. #EYEHearings are over, but we won't stop circulating ideas for a better Europe! pic.twitter.com/jLHrTVTIEs

— European Youth Event (@EP_YouthEvent) January 29, 2015

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UNAOC - EF Education First Summer School 2015

ESN International news - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 11:45

Make a difference - Be one of 75 youth for change.

Get selected for the joint summer school by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and EF Education First. At the UNAOC-EF Summer School you will:

  • Address and find solutions to pressing global challenges within the context of cultural and religious diversity;
  • Develop an international network and leverage it to create positive social change – locally and globally;
  • Get global and local pictures by visiting United Nations Headquarters and special interest excursions in Manhattan and greater New York area.

Selected participants will be provided with flight, accommodation, meals and full event access.

Apply for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by March 09, 2015, here: www.UNAOCEFSummerSchool.org

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IE Summer School 2015 in Madrid!

ESN International news - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 15:31

 

IE Summer School 2015

Live a one-of-a-kind experience at IE's Summer School in Madrid.

Click here to register today!

What will you learn?

  • During the three weeks at IE, you will have the opportunity to take classes with an outstanding faculty, the same that teach our internationally recognized master degrees.
  • The focus during the first week will be on developing your soft skills (team building, leadership, communication, design thinking).
  • The second week is designed to give students a well-rounded view of the different areas that make up modern organizations. Students will participate in dynamic sessions on subjects as diverse as Communication, Marketing, Finance, Big Data or Strategy.

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Welcome to the new ESN.org!

ESN International news - Wed, 04/02/2015 - 16:24

We are happy to announce the brand-new ESN.org! The website has gone through a major makeover.
It is designed for you. We care that you find all the necessary information quickly and in the most intuitive way. Enjoy the new design, new features and content!

Quick guide through the new structure:

  • For students: All the information you need as a student, whether you want to go abroad, you are currently on exchange or you are missing your experience in another country. Use our free online services and find out how to join us, too!
  • Media: Latest news, newsletters and the ESN publications.
  • Policy: What ESN stands for, who we work for, the numerous research projects we conduct to advocate for student mobility and the policy papers.
  • Projects: Main information about the ESN international projects. Now refreshed, with dedicated Facebook page feeds and videos!
  • External Relations: Meet our corporate partners, institutions and organisations that we work with! Find information about the EU projects that we take part in.
  • About: All the main information about the Erasmus Student Network! Meet the people working from the Headquarters in Brussels and find the directory of our local sections.

Enjoy the new experience and stay tuned for even more updates!

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EU Studies Fair 2015

ESN International news - Thu, 15/01/2015 - 10:30

On 6-7 February 2015, European Voice is organising the 16th edition of its EU Studies Fair in Brussels, Belgium.

The EU Studies Fair is an education and networking event bringing together international students, top-level universities and representatives of the EU institutions. Day one consists of two seminars and visits to the EU Institutions. Day two is a course exhibition with view to international universities – from European, US and Asia - introducing their degrees to high caliber international students.

Over 50 academic institutions from across the world are expected to be present at the event to provide information about their undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in EU studies, international relations, business, economics and law. Around 700 prospective students and young professionals are also expected to attend.

The event programme will include a keynote address by a senior representative from the DG Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth of the European Commission, and seminars on the topics of European and international studies and Business and Law. For more information about the event, see the poster here or visit: www.eustudiesfair.com and follow us on Facebook.

Online registration now open at www.eustudiesfair.com

To learn more about European Voice: www.europeanvoice.com

To learn more about the EU Studies Fair: www.eustudiesfair.com

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EU Studies Fair 2015

ESN International news - Thu, 15/01/2015 - 10:30
Brussels, Belgium - 6-7th of February 2015

On 6-7 February 2015, European Voice is organising the 16th edition of its EU Studies Fair in Brussels, Belgium.

The EU Studies Fair is an education and networking event bringing together international students, top-level universities and representatives of the EU institutions. Day one consists of two seminars and visits to the EU Institutions. Day two is a course exhibition with view to international universities – from European, US and Asia - introducing their degrees to high caliber international students.

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The Erasmus Student Network participated successfully in the Lifelong Learning Week

ESN International news - Tue, 13/01/2015 - 18:50

The Erasmus Student Network actively participated in the fourth LLL-week that took place from the 8th to 11th of December in the premises of the European Parliament. Several organisations participated together with ESN in the LLL fair where several promotional materials were distributed to stakeholders and decision makers such as MEPs and different state representatives. ESN had a successful representation and actively contributed to the debates and panel discussions organised by EUCIS-LLL. 

During the week ESN took the opportunity to promote mobility, to disseminate our research studies results and provide information about student mobility. The focus was on the three pillars of EUCIS-LLL's European Manifesto 'Building together the future of learning',  ensuring accessible and quality learning for allinvesting in the social dimension of lifelong learning and bringing the EU closer to its citizens

The aim of the Lifelong Learning Week is to raise awareness of lifelong learning, to bring visibility and create synergy between the work achieved by EUCIS-LLL and its members in 2014.

The manifesto intends to be accessible and to ensure quality learning for all by investing in lifelong learning. 

Through the Lifelong Learning Week, EUCIS-LLL aims to send strong messages on lifelong learning to policy-makers and Members of European Parliament. 

You can find here the activities that were done during that week:

2-5 December

Tuesday 2 December

Tuesday 9 December

Wednesday 10 December

Thursday 11 December

The LLL-Week concluded with a cocktail reception hosted by the MEP Julie Ward (S&D, UK) and chaired by David Lopez, EUCIS-LLL President, who shared with organisation the success of her personal achievements hanks to lifelong learning. 

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The Erasmus Student Network participated successfully in the Lifelong Learning Week

ESN International news - Tue, 13/01/2015 - 18:50
During the week ESN took the opportunity to promote mobility, to disseminate our research studies results and provide information about student mobility.

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[Open Call] Web Project Internship within ESN AISBL

ESN International news - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 15:48
Internship position for 6 months on ICT

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the biggest network of student organizations in Europe. It was founded on the 16th October 1989 and its aim is to support and develop student mobility. Every year, ESN maintains and developed several IT tools such as ESN Galaxy, ESN Satellite, ESN.org etc.

ESN offers an IT Internship position for students in higher education to work on the web projects of ESN.

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[Open Call] Web Project Internship within ESN AISBL

ESN International news - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 15:48
Internship position for 6 months on ICT

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the biggest network of student organizations in Europe. It was founded on the 16th October 1989 and its aim is to support and develop student mobility. Every year, ESN maintains and developed several IT tools such as ESN Galaxy, ESN Satellite, ESN.org etc.

ESN offers an IT Internship position for students in higher education to work on the web projects of ESN.

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