What is ESN?

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the biggest student associations 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 430 Higher Education Institutions from 37 countries. The network is constantly developing and expanding. We have around 13.500 active members that are in many sections supported by so called buddies mainly taking care of international students. Thus, ESN involves around 29.000 young people offering its services to around 180.000 international students every year.

ESN is operating on three levels: local, national, and international.


ESN Bochum

ESN Bochum is the oldest of the actual 30 ESN sections in Germany and has been taking care of exchange students for nearly 25 years now. We organise different events - cultural evenings, trips, parties, regulars' table, SocialErasmus projects and much more - for you to make your stay in the Ruhr area an unforgettable experience!