Over 5,700 people take part in the first annual European Student Card Survey

The survey captured a snapshot of awareness levels around the card and how it’s being used in higher education institutions.

All-inclusive for more accurate feedback

The first annual online European Student Card (ESC) survey attracted 5,703 participants from across the spectrum of users. The aim was to gather as wide feedback as possible to understand

  • your level of awareness of the ESC
  • how you are currently using it in your institution
  • the current state-of-play of the student cards’ management and usage

Respondents came from

  • students (cardholders) – 81%
  • International Relations Officers (IRO) – 13%
  • Management officers – 4%
  • IT officers – 2%

Spain, Germany and Greece topped the list of countries that responded.

What we asked

The survey was tailored to each audience.

Students were asked questions on the usage of student cards, their mobility experience and the needs for online services.

Management staff responded to questions on the management of the ESC and student cards in general, as well as about the online services.

IROs provided insights on mobility management and the link between the usage of ESC within mobility students.

IT officers were asked about technical requirements of card management systems.

If you were one of the thousands who answered the survey, we want to say thank you!

How we’ll use your feedback

Your feedback will help us grow by helping us understand how well-known the ESC is, how widely it’s being used, and for what.

Most importantly, it will help us further develop a more suitable ESC for all the needs of cardholders and issuers so they can access services around Erasmus+ Programme countries.

How to join ESC

Don’t forget: only card issuers (e.g., Higher Education Institutions, student unions or other student groups) can register to the ESC-Router (ESC-R), which connects institutions to the ESC online.

If you would like to know more about how your Institution can join the ESC, check out how to Join page.

We want to keep growing. Stay tuned to know more about what we are doing!


If you have any questions about the European Student card, please check help and support pages.

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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