ESN Comenius University is the biggest section in the capital city of Slovakia Bratislava and also the biggest one in whole Slovakia. We take care of more than 250 Erasmus students every semester with help of many so called “buddies” nowadays in cooperation with three other sections in Bratislava. During our short history we managed to organize many different events and trips to neighbouring countries. Our members are always eager to help. We take care not only of Erasmus students but also of other foreign students.
History of the Section:
It all began in 2008 at the Faculty of Medicine, where an proactive student Alexandra Krištufeková started to take care of Erasmus students with few friends. The start was a bit delayed due to some mistrust but in the end they managed to get an office and even their own website. In the next elections the board increased its number to 5 persons who developed ESN CU to more professional level. Great thanks go also to Henika Dubecká, Zuzana Čahojová and Adam Kaiser who made the progress possible. As the board members were changing the whole sections were becoming more and more organized till we reached total number of 7 board members and 70 “buddies”.
Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the biggest student association in Europe. It was born on the 16th October 1989 and legally registered in 1990 for supporting and developing student exchange.
We are present in more than 1,000 Higher Education Institutions from 40 countries. The network is constantly developing and expanding. We have around 15,000 active members that are in many sections supported by so called buddies mainly taking care of international students.Thus, ESN involves around 40,000 young people offering its services to around 220,000 international students every year.
ESN is working in Higher Education (HE):
offering services to 200,000 students
15,000 active members (34,000 with the buddies included)
mainly on a volunteer basis
with an average annual growth rate of 12% since 2005
ESN is operating on three levels: local, national, and international.
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 also to those students who cannot access a period abroad ("internationalisation at home").
Aims & Principles
In synthesis, ESN:
works in the interest of international students
works to improve the social and practical integration of international students
represents the needs and rights of international students on the local, national, and international level
provides relevant information about mobility programmes
motivates students to study abroad
works with the reintegration of homecoming students
contributes to the improvement and accessibility of student mobility