The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is one of the largest interdisciplinary student organizations in Europe. At the moment, ESN is represented at 448 universities in 38 countries (as of April 2016) and supports 150,000 students. All members of ESN work on a voluntary basis.
ESN is divided into three different levels. The local, the national and the international level:
The local level consists of individual sections at universities. Here, the international students are given a support network, the exchange between locals and exchange students is promoted, and interested students can receive important information about studies abroad.
Together, all sections of a country constitute the National Platform. Among its responsibilities are the election of the National Board and voting on amendments of the statute.
The international level consists of the International Board, the Council of National Representatives (CNR) and the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The International Board is the board of the international network of ESN. At the AGM, the members are elected to serve one year each and live in the ESN house in Brussels. They are responsible for all sections, coordinate the responsibilites of the network and represent ESN as a whole.
The AGM is the annual general meeting of the ESN and serves as the highest decision making body. Here, the delegates of the individual sections vote on the new board, the statute, the budget, etc.
The CNR is the union of all National Representatives. The task of the CNR is to monitor the International Board and to represent the AGM, meaning all important decisions made throughout the year come from here.
Furthermore, ESN represents the interests of the international students on the European level: ESN is a member of the European Youth Forum and has a participation status in the Council of Europe.