The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is one of the biggest interdisciplinary student associations in Europe. ESN was founded in 1989 with the goal of supporting and developing student exchange. ESN is situated in 37 countries spread over 460 local sections throughout all of Europe. The network is constantly developing and expanding. ESN operates on three different levels; local, national and international.
The main focus lies on current exchange students to help them on their way in finding friends in a new city. Therefore ESN offers help in academic, social and practical integration processes. This is mainly done through activities in the local sections, which include cultural and social events such as trips to various places in the country, film nights, buddy groups, international food festivities and last but not least, parties! In addition to that, many sections have introduced mentor systems, which help the international students mainly in academic and practical integration. ESN also provides relevant information and encourages the future exchange students to gain international experience and insight into different cultures.
ESN Wageningen is at your service!
ESN Wageningen is an international student organisation and we welcome all students of Wageningen to join us. It is one of the local sections that are part of the bigger Erasmus Student Network. We are an organization led by and meant for students. Our focus is not only on Erasmus exchange students, but on all international and Dutch students who are studying in Wageningen. Everybody is welcome to join our activities. We have about 550 members in total!
ESN Wageningen has had several names over the years. It all started in 2003 as a committee of the student association K.S.V Franciscus, called K.S.V International. They organised regular activities to promote the integration between Dutch and international students. In 2007 K.S.V International decided to join the Erasmus Student Network and therefore the name changed to IxESN Wageningen. In 2009, two years after the foundation, the first official board started operating and as of 2019 we are now known as ESN Wageningen.
Since the start of the association, the number of international students in Wageningen has grown a lot. Therefore, ESN Wageningen has been seeing a growing interest from students, which resulted in an expansion of our activities, excursions and projects.
At this moment, the board consists of six students, all fulfilling a specific function on a part-time basis. All students are welcome to join ESN Wageningen. Our members can be Dutch or international, doing their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD.
Since ESN Wageningen started as a committee of K.S.V. Franciscus, the office could be found at their building. However, since the beginning of this academic year ESN Wageningen officially moved to the Global Lounge located on the campus of Wageningen University. Thanks to the efforts of Liesbeth van der Linden, Wageningen University and the boards of ESN Wageningen 2016-2017 onwards, this move could be realised. The Board of 2021-2022 is now operating from the Global Lounge and is working on the project of the Living room. ESN Wageningen organizes one activity per week in the Global Lounge and the rest of the week the activities take place at other activities.