European Students' Union

The European Students' Union (ESU) is the umbrella organisation of 46 national unions of students from 40 countries, representing almost 20 million students. The aim of ESU is to represent and promote the educational, social, economic and cultural interests of students at a European level towards all relevant bodies and in particular those of the European Union, Council of Europe and UNESCO. ESU is representing the voice of the students in Europe by being a consultative member of the Bologna Process. ESU is also a full member of the European Youth Forum (YFJ), the ESU nominee for 2006, was elected as YFJ president.

European Students' Union
Institutionsee member list
LocationMundo-Madou. Avenue des Arts 7/8, 1210 Brussels, Belgium
Members46 (40 Countries)
AffiliationsEuropean Youth Forum
Executive Committeesee executive committee


On 17 October 1982, seven National Unions of Students (NUSes) from the United Kingdom, Sweden, Iceland, France, Denmark, Norway and Austria established the Western European Students Information Bureau (WESIB) at a gathering in Stockholm. In February 1990, WESIB dropped the "W" to become the European Student Information Bureau (ESIB) following the political upheaval in Europe at the time. In 1992 the name was changed yet again, into the National Union of Students in Europe. This reflected the recognition of the changing mission of ESIB from being a pure information sharing organisation into a political organisation that represented the views of students in European institutions. In May 2007, the current name, European Students' Union (ESU), was introduced.

Over the years the office of ESU has moved around Europe and was first hosted by the member NUSes. Following the establishment of WESIB in Stockholm, the office was based in the SFS Office in Sweden from 1982 until 1985, funded by a grant by the Swedish Government. By 1985 the grant was running low and so NUS UK offered to host WESIB in their London headquarters. In 1988 the office moved to the ÖH offices in Vienna and remained there until 2000, when it was decided that for reasons of being near the European institutions the office should move to Brussels and was hosted by VVS.


The highest structure of ESU is the Board Meeting, bringing together representatives from all the National Unions of Students it represents. The Board Meeting sets the policy direction of the organisation, and elects members to the Executive Committee to run the organisation.

Executive CommitteeEdit

The Executive Committee (EC) is elected for a one-year term at the annual Board Meeting by representatives of the member organisations, with each country (not organisation) given two votes. The President and Vice-Presidents together make up the Presidency of ESU, and are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organisation along with the seven General Members of the EC.[1]

Title Name Country
Presidency President Robert Napier   Malta
Vice Presidents Gohar Hovhannisyan   Armenia
Sebastian Berger   Austria
General Members Monika Skadborg   Denmark
Nina De Winter   Netherlands
Hélène Mariaud   France
Rajko Golović   Montenegro
Daniel Altman   Israel
Urša Leban   Slovenia
Jakub Grodecki   Poland

Member organisationsEdit

Country English Name Local Name ESU Abbrev.[nb 1]
  Armenia Armenian National Students’ Association ANSA
  Austria Austrian Students' Association Österreichische Hochschülerinnen- und Hochschülerschaft ÖH
  Belarus Belarusian Students’ Association Задзіночанне Беларускіх Студэнтаў BSA
  Belarus Brotherhood of Organizers of Student Self-Government БОСС BOSS
  Belgium Federation of French-speaking Students Fédération Des Etudiants Francophones FEF
Flemish Union of Students Vlaamse Vereniging van Studenten VVS
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Students' Union Republic of Srpska Unija studenata Republike Srpske USRS
  Bulgaria National Assembly of Student’s Councils in the Republic of Bulgaria Национално представителство на студентските съвети в Република България NASC
  Croatia Croatian Students' Council Hrvatski Studentski Zbor CSC
  Cyprus Pancyprian Federation of Student Unions Pagkypria Omospondia Foititikon Enoseon POFEN
  Czech Republic Student Chamber of the Council of Higher Education Institutions Studentská komora Rady vysokých škol SKRVS
  Denmark National Union of Students in Denmark Danske Studerendes Fællesråd DSF
  Estonia Federation of Estonian Student Unions Eesti Üliõpilaskondade Liit EUL
  Finland National Union of University Students in Finland Suomen Ylioppilaskuntien Liitto, Finlands studentkårers förbund SYL, FSF
Union of Students in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences Suomen opiskelijakuntien liitto, Finlands studerandekårers förbund SAMOK
  France National Federation of Student’s Associations Fédération des Associations Générales d'Étudiants FAGE
National Union of Students of France Union Nationale des Étudiants de France UNEF
  Georgia Georgian Student’s Organizations Association Georgian Student’s Organizations Association GSOA
  Germany Free Association of Student Bodies Freier Zusammenschluss von StudentInnenschaften FZS
  Hungary National Union of Students in Hungary Hallgatói Önkormányzatok Országos Konferenciája HÖOK
  Iceland National Union of Icelandic Students Landssamtök íslenskra stúdenta LÍS
  Ireland Union of Students in Ireland Union of Students in Ireland, Aontas na Mac Léinn in Éirinn USI
  Israel National Union of Israeli Students התאחדות הסטודנטים בישראל
تحاد الطلاب في إسرائيل
  Italy Union of University Students Unione degli Universitari UdU
  Latvia Student Union of Latvia Latvijas Studentu apvienība LSA
  Lithuania Lithuanian National Union of Students Lietuvos Studentu Sajunga LSS
  Luxembourg National Union of Students in Luxembourg Union Nationale des Etudiant(e)s du Luxembourg UNEL
  Malta University Students' Council Kunsill Studenti Universitarji KSU
  Moldova Student Alliance of Moldova Alianta studentilor din Moldova ASM
  Montenegro Student Parliament of the University of Montenegro Studentski Parlament Univerziteta Crne Gore SPUM
  Netherlands Dutch National Students Association Interstedelijk Studenten Overleg ISO
Dutch Student Union Landelijke Studentenvakbond LSVb
  North Macedonia National Union of Students of Macedonia NSUM
  Norway Norwegian Student Association Norsk studentorganisasjon NSO
  Poland Students' Parliament of Poland Parlament Studentów Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej PSRP
  Portugal Academic Forum for Information and External Representation Fórum Académico para Informação e Representação Externa FAIRe
  Romania National Alliance of Student Organizations in Romania Alianta Nationala a Organizatiilor Studentesti din Romania ANOSR
  Serbia Students Conference of Serbian Universities Studentska konferencija univerzitetâ Srbije SKONUS
Student Union of Serbia Studentska Unija Srbije SUS
  Slovakia Student Council for Higher Education Študetská Rada Vysokých Škôl SRVS
  Slovenia Slovene Student Union Studenska Organizacija Slovenije SSU
  Spain Coordinator of Student Representatives of Public Universities Coordinadora de Representantes de Estudiantes de Universidades Públicas CREUP
  Sweden Swedish National Union of Students Sveriges Förenade Studentkårer SFS
   Switzerland VSS-UNES-USU Verband Schweizer Studierendenschaften
Union des Etudiant-e-s de Suisse
Unione Svizzera degli Universitari
  Ukraine Ukrainian Association of Student Self-government Українська асоціація студентського самоврядування UASS
  United Kingdom National Union of Students NUS-UK

Candidate membersEdit

Candidate members are NUSes that have submitted an application of membership to ESU, but have not yet been granted member status by the Board Meeting. Candidate members retain their status for one year and are subject to a "study visit" by ESU to ensure they meet membership criteria. As of March 2020, there are no candidate members.

Associate organisationsEdit

Associate members of ESU are pan-European and international student organisations that have similar goals to ESU. The criteria for associate membership require the organisation to be democratic and student-run, have either students or NUSes as members, and represent students from at least 8 countries that are parties to the European Cultural Convention. Associate organizations can attend and speak at all ESU meetings, but cannot vote at Board Meetings.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Abbreviation given in ESU's member list, may differ from the associations' local or official abbreviations


  1. ^ "Elected representatives". Structures. European Students' Union. Archived from the original on 4 May 2016. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Associate members". About us. European Students' Union. Archived from the original on 6 May 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2016.

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