Who can get the ESNcard?

You can get the ESNcard, if you belong to one of the following groups:

  • You have been an international student (e.g Erasmus or any other exchange programme)
  • You are currently an international student
  • You are a member of an ESN section

I’m not an exchange student, is there a way I can enjoy ESNcard’s benefit?

Then there are 3 possibilities:

  • you have been an exchange student in the past: you can buy the ESNcard
  • you are an active ESN member or ESN Alumnus: you can get the ESNcard
  • you don’t belong to those groups: sorry, you can’t buy the ESNcard, but you can start thinking about going on exchange!

I am a former exchange student; can I still get the ESNcard?

Yes, the ESNcard is for current and former exchange students.

Is there an age limit?

Age is not a condition to get the ESNcard.


Where can I purchase an ESNcard?

Only ESN Sections are allowed to sell the ESNcard. You need to contact the local ESN section from your city or university and check if they sell the ESNcard. If yes, you can buy the ESNcard from them and enjoy its benefits.

Can I buy the ESNcard online?

No, ESNcards are exclusively sold by ESN sections. You need to contact the ESN section from your city or university and check if they sell the ESNcard.

There is no section in my country. Can I apply for the ESNcard?

No, ESNcards are only sold in the countries where ESN is present.

What do I need to make an ESNcard?

You need to visit the local section and bring a passport photo with you.

General enquiries

How much does an ESNcard cost?

ESN sections are free to sell the ESNcard at the price they want, depending on the benefits they offer. Usually ESNcards are sold for between 5€ and 15€.

How long is my ESNcard valid for?

The card is valid for 12 months from the purchase date. The purchase date is written on the ESNcard by the section that sells it to you.

I lost my ESNcard, what can I do?

You need to contact the ESN section that sold the ESNcard to you, to see how you can get a new one. If you can’t go to this section, you can buy a new one from another section.

My ESNcard has expired, what should I do to reactivate it?

You need to buy a new one from an ESN section.

Can I use my ESNcard as a student card?

ESNcards are not valid student cards, these are exclusively delivered by universities. You can benefit from the ESN card discounts, but ESNcards are not always accepted for regular student discounts.

I bought my ESNcard during my exchange, is it valid in my home country?

The ESNcard is valid for 12 months from the purchase date. As long as your ESNcard hasn't expired, you can use it for all ESNcard discounts in Europe.

Discounts and events

What benefits and discounts can I get with my ESNcard?

You can check all discounts on esncard.org. Depending on the sections, you can usually take part in ESN events at a reduced price with the ESNcard.

Can my family and friends enjoy the benefits of my ESNcard?

Only ESNcard owners can benefit from ESNcard’s advantages, unless otherwise stated by the partner.

Can I take part in ESN events of other sections?

Usually yes, but you need to check with the section.