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Published:  3 Nov 2022

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!

1.55 million European Students with an active ESC

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.

Stay tuned to know more about what we are doing!


If you have questions about the European Student Card, please check our Frequently Asked Questions.

If you still have questions after reading the FAQs, do not hesitate to contact our helpdesk at



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Published:  3 Nov 2022