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Study on 'wanderlust'

Sun, 16/09/2018 - 20:35

We at ESN Germany are dedicated to offering you the best ERASMUS experience we can. To continuously improve our program – evaluation is key. Therefore, this year we have partnered with social scientists from the University of Cambridge, UK for a joint online assessment to better understand how you experience your time in Germany.

To provide us with some feedback on your well-being and cultural adjustment you will be answering a short battery of questions at four times ranging from shortly before you arrive to a few weeks after you will have returned to your home country.

 

Please click on the link below to get started with the first assessment and help us to help you and those who follow you to have an unforgettable time abroad. After all, that’s what the spirit of ERASMUS is all about.

Start the survey

PS: Whichever of the 35 participating ESN Germany sections gets the most students to complete all four assessments is in for a 500€ reward. So go out there and make your ERASMUS friends and hosts proud!

The ErasmusUpgrade Manifesto

Wed, 12/09/2018 - 16:23
Following over 2 years of consultations, on the 27th of April, the Erasmus Student Network released the #ErasmusUpgrade Manifesto which contains 13 recommendations to improve the successor of the Erasmus+ Programme. The manifesto targets all involved in the conceptualisation and implementation of the Erasmus+ programme, specifically the European Institutions, National Authorities, higher education institutions, and the participants in the programme. Its results are the base of ESN’s stands on the international and national level in the context of upcoming discussions on the funding and shape of the Erasmus+ successor programme. ESN wishes to see the OUTREACH of the programme increased, both in Europe and throughout the world through the use of mass media and new digital tools. We recommend implementing reinforced and inclusive SUPPORT SERVICES to face societal challenges and equip participants with the skills they need to face the challenges of the 21st century. The IMPLEMENTATION AND MANAGEMENT of the programme should be improved by standardising mobility processes and introducing digital tools to counter bureaucracy and reduce paperwork. We demand full RECOGNITION OF MOBILITY OUTCOMES through better communication, implementing mobility windows and an “integrated Erasmus+ approach” to study and work. Finally, ESN asks for an INCREASED BUDGET FOR MORE QUALITY, OUTREACH, AND TRANSPARENCY to improve the inclusion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, national support towards mobility, and monitoring and levelling incoming and outgoing students. “The Erasmus+ programme is one the greatest successes of the European Union. The participants of the programme feel more European, understand better their place in society, and develop better skills than their peers. All this combined makes them great ambassadors of the EU and its values. It is having this in mind, and wishing to see an increase in the success of the programme, that has led ESN to present these recommendations in the form of a manifesto.”   - João Pinto, President of the Erasmus Student Network #ErasmusUpgrade is an Erasmus+ KA3 Dialogue with Decision-makers project with input gathered through an online questionnaire with over 1,000 answers, face-to-face consultations with volunteers from across ESN’s 40 member-countries and contributions from International Relations Offices. Results of the consultation were discussed with decision-makers involved in the revision of the Erasmus+ programme during an event which gathered representatives from 25 European countries, including non-EU member states. The project has been organised together with ESN Belgium and funded by JINT. Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the biggest student association in Europe. Present at over 1000 Higher Education Institutions, it unites over 500 local associations in 40 countries. More than 15,000 volunteers take care of international colleagues under the motto “Students helping students”. ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing the student exchange from different levels, and providing an intercultural experience. For more information contact Kacper Olczyk at communication@esn.org and visit www.esn.org. Attachment Files:  Erasmus_Upgrade_Manifesto_DE_final.pdf

Spree Break 2017

Tue, 14/11/2017 - 19:39
 The Second Round of our National Event Starts Soon! 

The biggest Erasmus Event in Germany will take place from November 17th till November 19th. Around 800 participants are expected in the capital city on the upcoming weekend. 

 

 

Focus of this event is getting to know Berlin as part of the #CityExplorer. While competing in a scavenger hunt, the Erasmus students will explore all different facades of the city. Again top of the list is the Bundestag, which required a huge amount of preparation for such a big group. On Friday evening, the networking starts in the Club Spindler & Matt. Participants wearing an event ribbon will have free entry but, from 11 pm on, the club will open its doors for everyone.

A special highlight will be the flag parade on Saturday, which gives participants the chance to walk along the streets while carrying the flags of their countries, international flags and being accompanied by music. The topic of this year’s parade is #30JahreErasmus, since we are celebrating 30 years of European education programmes. The parade is going to end at the Mauerpark, where the group will be hedged, symbolising the borders exciting in our world. After a speech of our Education Officer, the fences will be torn down to symbolise the unity of Europe without borders.

This day ends in the Club E4, where interculturality can be celebrated with a Berliner Weiße. Again there will be no entry fee for participants.

Find more information on Spree Break Facebook Page or the official Instagram Account (@esnspreebreak). 

 


 

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Sun, 30/04/2017 - 19:02
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ESNters the City Dresden

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 17:37

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Am Wochenende vom 24.06.- 26.06.2016 fand das nationale Event des Erasmus Student Network (ESN) Deutschland statt, welches jedes Jahr alle internationalen und Erasmus - Studenten in eine deutsche Stadt einlädt. Das diesjährige Programm war sehr vielfältig: Freitags und sonntags konnten die Studenten die Museen Vorort besuchen. Darüber hinaus gab es die Möglichkeit die Stadt im Rahmen einer gut geplanten und unterhaltsamen City Rallye zu erkunden. Zusammen mit dem internationalen Kooperationspartner Pernod Ricard wurde das Abendprogramm am Freitag gestaltet: Eine Responsible Party, unter dem Motto „Europa tanzt“, lud die internationalen Studenten zum verantwortungsbewussten Feiern ein. Von der zuvor bemerkbar trüben Stimmung aufgrund der Resultate der Brexit - Abstimmung war an diesem Abend nicht mehr viel zu spüren. Die vorgesehene Flaggenparade am darauffolgenden Samstag-Nachmittag setzte darüber hinaus ein deutliches Zeichen:

Mit rund 300 teilnehmenden internationalen Studenten, die u.a. dank des Erasmus+ - Programms einen Auslandsaufenthalts in Deutschland verbringen, wurde sich mitten in Dresden zu einer bunt-auflaufenden Flaggenparade getroffen. Jeder Studierende wurde aufgefordert eine Flagge oder anderweitige auffällige Körperschmuck mitzubringen, die ihr Heimatland in den jeweiligen Farben repräsentierten. Die anfängliche Ansprache des Education Officer von ESN Deutschland, Dorothee Staudt, machte die Wichtigkeit des Zusammenkommens nochmals deutlich: Das bunte Miteinander soll die Vielfältigkeit darstellen, die wir in Europa vereint erleben dürfen. Studierende aus verschiedenen Ländern kamen zusammen, um gemeinsam im Sinne von Europa zu zelebrieren - besonders betont wurde inwiefern durch interkulturelle Dialogen das kulturelle Verständnis zur Erhaltung und Entwicklung der europäischen Gemeinschaft. Der Mobilitätsgedanke sollte dementsprechend motiviert und gefördert werden.

Die Flaggenparade erzielte nicht nur große Begeisterung unter den Mitläufern sondern auch unter den Passanten Dresdens.

Die positive Stimmung wurde von weiteren Sprechern im Anschluss der Parade aufgegriffen: Speziell im Rahmen der Tätigkeiten von ESN und mit den Interessen des Erasmus+ Programms wurden die Vorteile eines Auslandsaufenthaltes nochmals betont und dazu aufgerufen die Erfahrungen im Heimatland zu teilen und junge Leute zur Mobilität zu motivieren.

 

Auch fast zwei Wochen später hinterlässt das Thema Brexit Raum für grundlegende Diskussion über die Auswirkungen auf den britischen und übergreifend auf den europäischen Bildungsbereich. Da die deutschen Studenten/Innen und Akademiker/Innen eine der größten Gruppen bilden, die sich für ihre Mobilitätsperiode für Großbritannien entschieden haben (Bezug zum DAAD: http://www.deutschlandradiokultur.de/hochschulen-brexit-wuerde-akademischen-austausch-erschweren.2165.de.html?dram:article_id=357859), wird deutlich, dass dieses Thema alle europäischen Studierende betrifft. Ein Austritt aus der EU könnte erhebliche Auswirkungen auf die Beteiligung Großbritanniens am Erasmus+ Programm haben. Laut eines Updates der britischen NUS (National Union of Students) (Link: http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/articles/update-on-higher-education-and-research-after-the-eu-referendum) würde es immerhin keine sofortigen Auswirkungen für europäische Studenten/innen geben. Inwieweit das Referendum mögliche Veränderungen einleitet und welche Folgen dies haben wird, wird in den kommenden Jahren abzuwarten sein.

Gerade jetzt erscheint es uns wichtig, als ehemalige Erasmus-Studenten und jetzige ESNer, darauf zu verweisen, welche Vorteile Programme wie das Erasmus+ - Programm implizieren: Interkulturelles Verständnis und gegenseitige Toleranz sind wichtige Kompetenzen, die durch den Austausch mit anderen Kulturen entwickelt werden können (vgl. Erasmus Impact Study (Link: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-1025_de.htm). Im Rahmen des Erasmus+ - Programms bietet die EU die Grundlage für solch einen Austausch zwischen jungen Menschen. Studierende werden so zu Mitgestaltern einer kulturell vielfältigen Gesellschaft, was sich z.B. durch die entstandenen Freundschaften in ganz Europa feststellen lässt.

In diesem Sinne ist zu hoffen, dass in weiteren Verhandlungen und Diskussionen zwischen wichtigen europäischen und britischen Entscheidungsträgern und politischen Mitgestaltern eine „tragfähige Zukunft“ (Bezug HRK (Link: https://www.hrk.de/presse/pressemitteilungen/pressemitteilung/meldung/hrk-praesident-zum-brexit-tiefer-einschnitt-auch-fuer-die-hochschulen-3981/)) thematisiert und die weitere Förderung von Mobilitätsmöglichkeiten unterstützt wird.

 

5 years of Responsible Party in Germany

Thu, 12/11/2015 - 16:35

The fruitful cooperation between Pernod Ricard and the Erasmus Student Network Germany aimed at teaching students to drink responsibly. A detailed press release can be found here.

ESN partners with StudentUniverse to provide students with flight discounts

Thu, 30/07/2015 - 12:27

StudentUniverse to provide flight discounts to international students studying in Europe

 

StudentUniverse, a leading resource for student travel discounts, today announced that it has partnered with the Erasmus Student Network, the largest student organisation in Europe.

Through the partnership, StudentUniverse will help ESN’s members travel cheaper by providing an additional £15 / €20 discount on top of its already-discounted student and youth fares on the first flight they book with StudentUniverse. StudentUniverse will join other notable ESN partners (including Airbnb, Hostelling International, Eurail.com and The Economist) to serve as a resource for international students and ESN’s local member organisations worldwide.

ESN members will also regularly receive travel tips and ongoing information from StudentUniverse about flight sales and promotions that would be of interest to international students looking to travel during their exchange, or to and from their university at the beginning and end of the semester.

 

We are always looking to partner with organisations that can provide valuable resources for international students and the local member organisations we work with. Travel plays a fundamental role in a student’s Erasmus experience, and by partnering with StudentUniverse we're confident that ESN members will be able to better compare specialty travel pricing for students and book discounted travel deals,” said Stefan Jahnke, President of the Erasmus Student Network.

We look forward to working with StudentUniverse to help international students see more of the world, but also to help our member organisations travel to ESN events worldwide by collaborating with StudentUniverse’s Travel Services team for group bookings.

 

 

StudentUniverse is the world’s leading travel booking site for students and youth. Through negotiations with a network of global partners, StudentUniverse offers discounted pricing and terms on flights, hotels and tours. Its Travel Services division handles client requests for groups and custom itineraries.

StudentUniverse launched in the UK in 2013 and is headquartered in Boston with offices in London, Toronto, New York and the Philippines. StudentUniverse believes that travel is essential to a modern education. Millions of students use the service every year. For more information, please visit http://studentuniverse.co.uk or follow @StudentU_UK on Twitter.

 

 

Erasmus Student Network is the biggest student organisation in Europe, founded in 1989 to support and develop student exchange. ESN is present in more than 480 Higher Education Institutions in 37 countries involving around 14,500 volunteers offering its services to 190,000 international students. ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing student exchanges on different levels and provides an intercultural experience also to those students who cannot access a period abroad ('internationalisation at home'). For more information visit http://esn.org

3€ FlixBus voucher for ESNcard holders!

Fri, 24/04/2015 - 18:53

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FlixBus provides more than 10.000 daily connections throughout Europe! Check out the whole route network on FlixBus.de and travel safe, convenient and sustainable. Enjoy free W-Lan, cheap snacks and drinks as well as leg room and enough space for your luggage (2 x luggage + hand luggage)!

As an ESNcard owner it gets even cheaper. Log in on http://esncard.org  to get a 3 EUR voucher now.

How to get the voucher?

  1. Go to esncard.org and log in
  2. Choose „Search Discounts“ and search for Meinfernbus Flixbus
  3. Copy the voucher code
  4. Go to flixbus.de and use the voucher code while booking the trip!

 

25 Jahre ERASMUS - ein Deutschlandvideo

Mon, 05/01/2015 - 01:27

Das Video zum 25. Geburtstag des ERASMUS-Programms ist fertig!