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SocialErasmus (Facebook) is an international ESN project that aims to involve international students in social and volunteering activities in their host country, under the slogan: Leave your mark!

This project enriches the experience of international students in their host country, by developing their social awareness, encouraging their active citizenship and integrating them into the local community. SocialErasmus fosters positive changes in local communities, through events or activities organised by local sections. Ultimately, international students expand their knowledge of other cultures, while the local community benefits from the goodwill of volunteers.

Every year there are two SocialErasmus weeks, where sections are encouraged to organise SocialErasmus events and activities. For more information about the implementation of SocialErasmus within ESN UK or if you would like to help us implement this project, contact the Causes ESN UK National Board Support members (mobility@esnuk.org, inclusion@esnuk.org or wellbeing@esnuk.org).


SocialErasmus focuses on eight causes, for which events and activities can be organised:

  Animals e.g. volunteering at an animal shelter
  Disasters e.g. fundraising for refugees, fundraising for natural disasters

  Discrimination e.g. raising awareness
  Education e.g. Erasmus in Schools (educating schoolchildren about international cultures)
  Environment e.g. planting trees
  Health e.g. blood donation

  Poverty e.g. food drives

  Violence e.g. raising awareness


SocialErasmus in the UK

ESN Southampton's SocialErasmus activity in an animal shelter

ESN Southampton's sleepout in aid of Amnesty International