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European Student Card Initiative

Part of the Erasmus+ programme

European Student Card Initiative

An initiative to help students and higher education institutions on Erasmus+ exchanges by simplifying administrative processes and enhancing digitalisation.


The 3 building blocks of the initiative

Supporting higher education institutions with mobility management

Objectives of the ESCI

The European Student Card Initiative aims at achieving a

  • greener Erasmus+ programme administration through paperless workflows – from application to transcript of records
  • digital Erasmus+ programme through once-only principle and efficiency gains for mobility management
  • more inclusive Erasmus+ programme through more ready-made and more targeted communication with students
  • smoother mobility experience abroad for students and a sense of a European student identity

Benefits of the ESCI

The European Student Card Initiative makes students' mobility experiences easier and simplifies administrative procedures for higher education institutions.

Are you a student?

As a student, you will

  • get simplified mobility administration and clear guidance throughout the administrative follow-up
  • get automatic recognition of ECTS credits
  • gain immediate access to services at the host university such as library, transport and accommodation
  • find discounts on cultural activities throughout the European Union

Links for students

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Are you working at a higher education institution?

Benefits for institutions

  • easily manage the entire mobility process electronically, from student selection to the recognition of ECTS credits
  • electronically identify students and exchange/verify student data between HEIs, including academic records, in a secure way

Links for institutions

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ESCI and European education policy

Since 2017, the ESCI has supported priorities and activities set out in the European Education Area (EEA), Digital Education Action Plan, Erasmus+ Initiative and European Strategy for Universities.

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