Our mission is to enhance cooperation among Erasmus+ students and alumni. We organise activities that focus on strengthening their networking, professional development and intercultural learning, while promoting Higher Education in Europe and worldwide partnerships.

How to get involved

You can get involved by becoming a member of one of the four organizations, which will allow you to participate in events and projects. Calls for applications are normally published on our website (see below) as well as on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

If you are interested in becoming realising your own project to promote higher education, then check out our ESAA Projects which all partner organisation members are eligible for. Look in the news section to find out when the next call will be online. 

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ESAA offers a number of activities, events and services for the members of its four organizations. By joining one of the ESAA partner organisations you will be able to network with like-minded people, realise your own ideas and projects and help promote higher education worldwide. Stay up-to-day with the ESAA newsletter.

Erasmus Mundus Association is an international organization serving the interests of Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni, notably by providing a forum for networking, communication and collaboration, and by promoting Erasmus Mundus as a European programme of excellence in international education. 

Erasmus Mundus Students & Alumni Association

Erasmus Mundus Students & Alumni Association (EMA) was founded in 2006 as an initiative of the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission with aim to connect students and graduates of Erasmus Mundus joint degree programmes.

In a nutshell, Erasmus Mundus degrees are highly competitive master's and doctoral programmes that offer an opportunity to study at several European & partner universities leading to joint or multiple degrees. Students change from one institution to another over the duration of the course which offers them the opportunity to experience different cultures, exchange knowledge and at the same time makes them highly adaptable, flexible and internationally connected.

Over the years, EMA grew into an international organisation with more than 11.0000 members and with presence in 174 countries. EMA focuses on promoting the excellence of Erasmus Mundus programme, sharing of intercultural experience as well as networking and professional development of its members.

Erasmus Mundus Association is an opportunity for students to join an extremely well elaborated network, professional network, that can serve them further in the future. Those are the students who will shape eventually our future.

Božidar Bukilić, Montenegro
PRNet Team Leader
Employee at the European Parliament


One of the main objectives of the association is the promotion of European higher education around the world. Today 12 Regional Chapters make up EMA with EMA members (both students and alumni) spread around the world. EMA encourages young people to apply for Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMDs) and helps potential applicants to prepare for their studies by organising seminars and pre-departure orientations (PDOs) on the spot in various locations around the globe.

EMA follows and assists its members in all stages of their Erasmus Mundus experience: from giving them tips on how and where to apply, providing the platform to interact and network during their studies, and preparing them for further academic and non-academic employment. Its networks, chapters, service teams and advisory boards form the internal structure to provide services to members living around the globe:

  • Quality assurance of the Erasmus Mundus courses (Course Quality Assessment Board
  • Professional training (Entrepreneur Network, Professional Development Team)
  • International networking (Regional Chapters, INIE)
  • International social events (Regional Chapters, Community Development Team)
  • Promoting European values (Womens Network, LGBT Network, Sust-EMA-bility Network etc)

In 2014, the Erasmus Mundus Programme became a part of Erasmus+ and EMA joined the Erasmus+ Students and Alumni Association (ESAA). Being the only representative of a Degree Mobility Programme (versus Credit mobility), EMA is eager to work with our colleagues from ESN, OCEANS and GaragErasmus.


EMA country

Country Representatives

in more than 174 countries


EMA master &
phd courses

180 interdisciplinary

master and phd courses



more than 11000

members and counting


events a year

around 100

events per year

The Steering Committee

The Steering Committee of the EMA represents the executive power of the Association. It is composed of the President, Vice President and the Team Coordinators, each of whom represents one Service Team. The members of the Steering Committee are collectively responsible for the overall performance and management of the Association with respect to the guidelines issued by the General Assembly.

The Steering Committee is responsible for the overall management of EMA. They represent the students and alumni of all the Erasmus Mundus Master Courses and Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate programmes in various activities and events. The positions are voluntary, demanding, and highly rewarding. EMA, as a young but speedily growing association, is more and more recognized as a valuable partner in European Higher Education initiatives and policy making.

Apiyo Okwiri


Emrah Karakaya


Lucia Loposova

Regional Chapters Coordinator

Maryia Kukharava

Communications Coordinator

Mushfiqul Alam

Community Development Coordinator

Nathan Lemahieu

Internal Affairs Coordinator

Olena Burkhovska

Professional Development Coordinator

The EMA Experience

I went through an Erasmus Mundus masters course, Joint European master in Comparative Local development,  in a class of 32 intellectually gifted individuals from 23 nationalities across the globe, studying a multidisciplinary course in Economics, Sociology and Law in Italy, Germany, Hungary and Slovenia, being taught by the best scholars in or affiliated with these institutions, and being able to move and experience Europe and it's culture for first time together. We then became a community of change. I am a person of possibilities thanks to Erasmus Mundus Association.

to change the world you gotta bring the world together... And that's what Erasmus Mundus programmes offer...

Apiyo Okwiro, Kenya
Erasmus Mundus Association President
PhD Fellow

The Erasmus Student Network is the biggest network of student organisations in Europe. Since its establishment in 1990, ESN has been growing to currently 498 associations, so called ‘sections’, in 37 countries. Altogether, there are around 14.500 active members. Often they are supported by other students who act as mentors for international students. Thus, ESN involves around 29.000 young people offering its services to around 190.000 international students annually under the principle of students helping students.

Erasmus Student Network

ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing student exchanges as well as providing an intercultural experience also to those students who cannot access a period abroad (“internationalisation at home”).

The daily activity of our local members consists of organising events and promoting initiatives that can improve the quality of life of the exchange students, enrich society through international students and promote mobility amongst the locals, all on a voluntary basis.

The international level provides support to the local sections through a wide range of international projects, which cover a diverse range of fields. Here is a description of some of ESN’s most important projects.

Mov’in Europe

Mov’in Europe is an initiative promoting mobility. The aim is to raise mobility issues on the political agenda and provide better information about mobility opportunities for young people, students and young graduates. The projects are implemented through the development of innovative and lively digital campaigns, a network of ambassadors who provide information about student mobility, and initiatives all over the network, such as mobility days, fairs, conferences and promotion of mobility experiences.


SocialErasmus promotes a social attitude among young citizens participating in mobility programmes in order to facilitate their integration into the local community while giving them the chance to make a long lasting social change in society through volunteering activities. Through SocialErasmus activities, the international students engage in volunteering activities that allow them to understand society’s problems and to work on solutions. Thus, SocialErasmus provides an opportunity for international students to get to know other realities and to learn how they can contribute to improving society as citizens of the world.


The ESNcard is the membership card of ESN and also a student discount card, sold by the ESN sections in almost all countries where ESN is present. The project consists of the online platform ESNcard.org and the ESNcard itself. The amount of discounts is constantly rising, both online and in local stores all over Europe. Discounts are available in such diverse categories as travel, electronics and food & drink. Every year 130.000 ESNcard holders have access to the services and benefits provided by the ESN network and its partners.


The ESNsurvey is the biggest regular European research project planned and carried out entirely by students for students. It is conducted annually and it surveys students at higher education institutions. ESN shares the results with the main stakeholders in higher education and mobility programmes and provides recommendations for further improvement. In the last years an average of 15.000 students answered our annual survey.

The garagErasmus Foundation brings together and empowers over 3 million people of the Erasmus Generation to boost work mobility and the circulation of ideas in Europe.

The garagErasmus Foundation

garagErasmus is a Foundation set up to mobilise talent and business ideas. Its aim is to help the Erasmus generation to find and create jobs. The Erasmus generation are not only former Erasmus students, but also like-minded persons with other work or study abroad experience. GaragErasmus operates through an online platform called Check-in Europe - the professional network of the Erasmus generation. Check-in Europe is the backbone of all activities foreseen so far: Meet-ups of local associations: ‘gE4City’ (e.g. gE4Lisbon) and Joint Projects of alumni, cities/regions, companies, investors/business angels/crowd funders and universities.

Introducing Check-in Europe

Check-in Europe

Check-in Europe is the digital platform of garagErasmus where former Erasmus students (and like-minded persons) can upload their competences and (business) ideas. Check-in Europe is the first online/offline platform of the Erasmus Generation and connects talents with companies, universities and cities around Europe and around the world.


gE4Cities is a programme to establish local chapters in many European cities. Local garagErasmus associations (e.g. gE4Lisbon) do face-to-face matching of persons and ideas. They organise events and meet-ups in various formats, all with the aim to help 'find and create jobs'. They are backed up by the huge data resource of Check-in Europe. Formal recognition has been given to the gE4 in Athens, Istanbul, Lisbon, Prague and Tours. Preparatory work has started in Budapest, Iasi, Leiden/The Hague, Liège, Maastricht, Pisa, and Warsaw.

The garagErasmus Experience

Prof. Dr. Maurits van Rooijen about garagErasmus

We need to make sure that Erasmus talents are used to the fullest for our society. This is where garagErasmus can play such a crucial role. Working with companies, universities and cities, bringing talents where they are most needed, facilitating graduate recruitment and fostering the creation of start-ups: this is exactly the climate of entrepreneurship and job creation that we need. I strongly support garagErasmus and I invite other European stakeholders to do the same.

Tibor Navracsics,
European Commissioner for
Education, Culture, Youth and Sport


1. Be part of the first Erasmus Generation Professional Network. Check-in now!

2. Become a garagErasmus volunteer:

  • Be in the position to become a garagErasmus reference point for your city and for those interested in learning more about garagErasmus.
  • Be able to become, if interested, a content curator and creator of news, articles and editorial contributions about social innovation, international mobility, personal and career development. Your contributions will be published and promoted through our communication channels.
  • Be in the position to facilitate the establishment of a local garagErasmus association (for more details please visit the gE4 programme) and to be part of it.
  • Have the chance to participate to our international gatherings and events (facilitated by the Foundation) and to get closer to the Foundation's staff and priorities.
  • Have access to and be part of the first Erasmus Generation Professional Network.

3. Take garagErasmus to your city!

The garagErasmus Foundation is looking for enthusiastic, professional, and independent-minded members of the Erasmus Generation to become part of the initiative. We are reaching out to ambitious people who can make garagErasmus in their city a concrete social start-up by launching a local garagErasmus association – a gE4City. These associations will organise local activities and build up a strong network with lots of opportunities for partnerships and growth. The gE4s organise independent events as well as large Meet-ups in airports, engaging former Erasmus around Europe and enabling face-to-face contact with the local business community, recruitment companies, and more. The Foundation helps to get the local association started and connects it to the wider national and European level.

4. Become Foundation Member and help us to empower the Erasmus Generation!

By joining garagErasmus, your university is taking part in an international “private and public alliance” to boost mobility of talents and support entrepreneurship in Europe.

Why we invite all universities to join us:    

  • To support economic growth and innovation on the local level - your campus, city, and region - by linking it with the European level;
  • To be part of a unique public and private alliance of universities, companies and cities to support education and economic and social development;
  • To strengthen or help build your university's alumni activities, career and start-up services, and contribute to their visibility Europe-wide.

The OCEANS Network bridges Europe and other partner countries around the world by building long-lasting people-to-people relations among Erasmus+ exchange students and alumni.

OCEANS Network

The OCEANS Network, the Organization for Cooperation, Exchange and Networking among Students, was originally founded in 2010 to strengthen academic and intercultural links between the EU and industrialised countries - namely the US, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. Since 2015, the OCEANS Network has opened up to welcome and support all exchange students and alumni incoming from or outgoing to more than 70 countries participating in Erasmus+. What all OCEANS members have in common is their important role of connecting the EU and their home country, or the country where they had their exchange.

The main objective of the OCEANS network is to provide an accessible and inclusive platform to develop long lasting relationships between people, universities, cultures, countries.

Being an OCEANS member is not only about sharing a study experience, but it is as well about friendship, about discovery, and diversity. It is also about networking and professional advancement, and it is very common for members to find valuable career opportunities, inspiration and directions by getting in touch with like-minded people from all over the world. At a broader level, the OCEANS Network aims at turning the temporary academic exchange experience into a lasting resource that not only enriches the single individuals with different skills and personal or professional connections, but also contributes to a climate of peaceful and improved cooperation among Europe and other countries in the world.

OCEANS Board / Team Coordinators

The Board is the executive decision making body of the OCEANS Network and has a mandate of one year.

It is currently composed by 7 members: the President, the Vice President (Head of International Development) and the Heads of the 5 Teams (Internal Affairs & Community Development; IT, Communication & Branding; Policy & Advocacy; Professional Development; Promotion & Capacity Building). The leadership of each Team is shared between the Head and the Deputy-Head. The latter is not part of the Board but also perform an important coordinating role and substitutes the former when he/she is not present.

Giulia Barbero


Anežka Aubrechtová

Head of Digital Development

Andrew Lescelius

Deputy-Head of Digital Development

Vlado Kmec

Head of Community Development

Nik Klaric

Head of Partnerships

Gyungmin Lee

Head of Communication

Alexandra Coffman

Deputy-Head of Communication

Jessica Slattery

Head of External Relations

ESAA - Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Alliance

We offer Erasmus+ students and alumni a dynamic platform for networking, professional development and intercultural exchange.

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