The European Student Card keeps expanding

The interest in the European Student Card (ESC) is growing as our numbers are steadily increasing, and it’s because of you!

The number of students has more than doubled since a year ago, and the number of Higher Education Institutions issuing ESCs has increased by 120% compared to last year. An active ESC incorporates the hologram and the QR code, uploaded to our centralised database – the ESC-Router.

When a card is active, both students and Higher Education Institutions can explore all benefits of the ESC, including easy access to student services during a mobility experience without needing a new card.

Our goal for 2025 is that most European students benefit from an active ESC either in their pocket or digitally, on their phone.

Towards this goal to issue active ESCs, 512 institutions across 26 out of the 33 countries of the Erasmus+ Programme have already registered to the ESC-Router by completing the registration process – getting one step closer to issuing active cards. In addition, hologram requests have increased by 40% since last year, adding up to a total of 3.5 million.

As requests for registration to the Router are growing, we would like to remind you that only Higher Education Institutions can register to the ESC-R.

How can your institution join the ESC?

See how the ESC works and how to join.

Source: EC


European Higher Education Organization

European Higher Education Organization is a public organization carrying out academic, educational and information activities on higher education in Europe. The EHEO general plan stresses that: Higher education systems require adequate funding and, as an investment in economic growth, public spending in higher education should be protected. The challenges faced by higher education require more flexible governance and funding systems, which balance greater autonomy for education institutions with accountability to stakeholders. Thus, EHEO plans: improve academic and scientific interaction of universities; protect the interests of universities; interact more closely with public authorities of European countries; popularize European higher education in the world; develop academic mobility; seek funding for European universities.

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