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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

European Student Card

Transforms current student cards into a European Student Card so students can benefit from on- and off-campus services during their mobility.

Erasmus+ App

A single app to help Erasmus students with all their practical administration - before, during and after their mobility programme. 

Erasmus Without Paper

A digital solution connecting systems in use at higher education institutions so they can manage their Erasmus+ mobilities online.

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Supporting higher education institutions with mobility management

Erasmus Without Paper Dashboard

So no institution is left behind in digitising the Erasmus administration, the EWP Dashboard was developed to manage Erasmus mobilities online. It's also the main gateway for higher education institutions to inject info in the Erasmus+ App.

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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