Project members of the strategic partnership

Core partners

Cnous (French Agency for student services) is the project coordinator.

Crous Besançon and Crous Strasbourg (regional agencies for student services).


Associated partners

The French committee for student card (CNCE), the Conference of University Presidents (CPU), EUCOR-the European campus (University of Strasbourg and Haute Alsace),  the Agency for mutualisation (Amue),  the national telecommunications network for Technology Education and Research (RENATER), Bourgogne Franche-Comté University, and the French observatory for student life (OVE).


Institutional structure: the French steering committee for the European student card

France is strongly committed to the implementation of the European student card project: The French Ministry of Education, Higher education and research appointed a steering committee “responsible for monitoring and coordinating the work related to the design and implementation [of the European Student Card] and to ensure its representation before national and international bodies “.

The first meeting of the Steering Committee took place on Wednesday, 16 November 2016, at the Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research, in the presence of Monique RonzeauPresident of the Steering committeeEmmanuel GiannesiniPresident of Cnous, and core and associated partners of the Committee.

The implementation of a European student card allows “a recognition of student identity and aims at fostering cooperation between institutions and allowing reciprocity of the rights and services benefiting to students “.


Permanent members

For the Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research:

• the General Directorate for higher education and employability (DGESIP)

• the Digital development for Education (DNE) the Directorate for European and International Relations and Cooperation (DREIC)

• the Directorate of Evaluation, Forecasting and Performance Department (DEPP)

• the Conference of Deans of French Schools of Engineering (CDEFI)

• Conférence des Grandes Écoles (CGE)

• the Bologna secretariat “Sorbonne-Bologne” entrusted with preparing the Ministerial conference in the European Higher Education Area, 2018 in Paris or his representative.


Associated members: Higher education institutions involved in the steering committee.


Higher education institutions involved in the steering committee

Sorbonne University

Paris-Saclay University

Toulon  University

ComUE Aquitaine

COmUE Lille Nord de France


Connected Universities

Strasbourg UniversityUniversity of Haute Alsace as part of EUCOR – the European Campusand Crous Strasbourg.

EUCOR – The European Campus first conducted a comparative analysis of the services provided by the student cards of its 5 member universities. The consortium was also interested in the services targeted primarily by students when they move to a partner university. Access to university restaurant and library services were identified.
A cohort of mobility students between Karlsruhe, Freiburg and Strasbourg has also been identified and exchanges are currently underway to test the solution.


Burgundy Franche-Comté University and Crous Besançon

For its 56,000 students, just one single multi-service card for all eight partners of the COMUE Bourgogne-Franche-Comté[1], a Mifare Desfire EV1 is used. For the annual renewal of the students cards, the EV2 will be issued. This choice enables the institutions to confidently consider setting up other services. The Communication Department works on the card’s design, which will include the European Student hologram and the QR code.

The identification process of a limited cohort of outgoing students on the four aspects of outgoing mobility (Erasmus, cross-border exchanges, doctoral students and internships) has been launched. The supplier of the student card management system should quickly integrate the ESC libraries what will allow us to implement the ESC module.

The publisher of the Erasmus exchange management solution used in the HEO of Franche-Comté, was also approached for the implementation of an interface with EWP[2].
Furthermore a strong cooperation with the management of the University libraries (‘common documentation canters’ – SCD) is going on to take into account the ESC of incoming mobility students. A free tool of the QR Code Desktop Reader type, installed on the stations of the various ‘SCDs’, would make it easy to get ESC-R information.


COMUE Université de Lyon

Comue Université Loire Bretagne

Ecole centrale de Marseille


Université de Caen Normandie

Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour

Université de Rouen Normandie

Université Grenobles Alpes

Université Le Havre Normandie

INP Grenoble

INSA Rouen



[1] University of Bourgogne (UB), University of Franche-Comté (UFC), University of technology Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM), National School of Mechanics and Microtechnology (ENSMM), AgroSup Dijon, Burgundy School of Business (BSB), Arts & Métiers ParisTech (campus de Cluny), CROUS Besançon

[2] Erasmus Without Paper



Institutional structure

Italy has been involved and committed to the implementation of the European Student Card project since April 2013 through a bilateral agreement between French and Italian Higer Education Intitutions. In 2014 Fondazione ENDISU developed “Piazza dello Studente”, a pilot platform for sharing student services among different institutions. At that time the project has been endorsed by Stefania Giannini, Italian Minister of Education, Universities and Research. In 2016 Italian and French Ministers of Education showed support for experimenting the ESC project.


Involved institutions

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
ACRU – Associazione Collegi e Residenze Universitarie
Fondazione CRUI

Connected Universities

EDUCatt in the five Campuses of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore: Milano, Brescia, Piacenza e Cremona, Roma


EDUCatt will contribute to the experimentation phase of the ESC project in all the five campuses of Università Cattolica, both welcoming incoming students and sending outgoing students abroad.
Indeed, EDUCatt will test the real functioning of the ESC for the access to on campus services thanks to the identification of a small cohort of students coming from the universities “Universitat Rovira i Virgili Tarragona” in Spain and “Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg” in Germany.
Likewise, a cohort of outgoing students of Università Cattolica has been defined as well. These ones will spend a period abroad hosted by the universities “Universitat Rovira i Virgili Tarragona” in Spain, “Freie Universität Berlin” in Germany, “Universidade de Evora” in Portugal and “Aristotle University of Thessaloniki” in Greece.

All these students will be able to benefit in advance from the access to the services offered by the hosting institutions through a university card compatible with the ESC standards. To be compatible and enable the student recognition, the card must have the ESC hologram and QR code on it.

On the one hand, incoming students, showing their ESC, will be able to access the following facilities:

  • Library of Università Cattolica: student owning a valid ESC will be given a temporary Wi-Fi password to access online resources that do not require a registration while on-campus and a printed barcode to access those spaces within the library area protected by turnstiles. Students who also provide the library service with some additional personal data will be registered in the libraries management system, which means they can access all available online resources, both on and off campus;
  • Food service: incoming students only need to provide their ESC to get a ticket for a daily full meal in the canteens managed by EDUCatt at a reduced fare.
  • Health care center: also in this case, incoming students have the right to generic medical consultations, only by providing their ESC.

On the other hand, outgoing students will be able to benefit in advance from their ESC in order to access on campus services, in accordance with what the hosting institutions will decide to offer.


Conservatorio Statale di Musica ‘E. F. dall’Abaco’ di Verona

Universita degli studi di Parma

Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”





Deutsches Studentenwerk, the German National Association for Student Affairs, is the project partner responsible for coordination with student services institutions on the national level. Further project partners include the public student services organisations, the Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe and the Studierendenwerk Freiburg-Schwarzwald  where the European Student Card will be tested in the field.

Associate and supporting partners of the project are the German Rectors Conference, Hochschulrektorenkonferenz and the project Campus Card Berlin.


Deutsches Studentenwerk is networking among relevant stakeholders, including universities, ministries on the federal and regional level, and all public student services organisations in Germany.


Campuses of experimentation

Karlsruhe institute of Technology and University of Freiburg as part of EUCOR – the European Campus with Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe

EUCOR – The European Campus first conducted a comparative analysis of the services provided by the student cards of its 5 member universities. The consortium was also interested in the services targeted primarily by students when they move to a partner university. Access to university restaurant and library services were identified.
A cohort of mobility students between Karlsruhe, Freiburg and Strasbourg has also been identified and exchanges are currently underway to test the solution.


Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin   

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Universität Heidelberg

Freie Universität Berlin

Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden

Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach

Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin




Connected Universities

University College Cork


Originally founded in 1845 as “Queen’s College Cork”, University College Cork is one of Ireland’s oldest institutions of higher learning. Ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide, UCC was twice named Ireland’s Sunday Times University of the Year in 2016, and again in 2017. UCC was honoured to be named the World’s First Green University Campus (Federation for Environmental Education, Copenhagen). During the inaugural UNESCO Learning City Awards in 2015, Cork was named as one of only 12 UNESCO learning cities.


University College Cork currently has approximately 22,000 students, all of whom use the same Mifare Classic ID cards to access several different services on campus. This card has been in use in UCC since 2007, and there is an extensive network of access controlled areas as well as other systems that all depend on this card technology.

There are several student services using the ID card as a means for service delivery, however, for the purpose of the pilot, UCC will concentrate on delivering Library Services to incoming students with a European Student ID card.


We have partnered with the University of Strasbourg for this pilot, and each university will identify a cohort of students who can test access to services using their new ESC-enabled ID card. On presentation an ESC ID card at the library’s main entrance desk, the cardholder will be granted access to the library facilities and many of the facilities within. Library Services that will be piloted are:


– Access to the library and publications within (including daily newspapers)

– Book borrowing – restricted to students remaining in Cork for longer than 2 months

– Open access PCs in the Library and IT Services’ IT labs throughout the campus

– Online resources and past exam papers – once logged into the open access PCs

– Access to Special Collection and Archive materials

– Full use of the Library Helpdesk facilities

– WIFI via Eduroam, or on request of Guest WIFI access if the home institution does not use the Eduroam service

– Booking of the Library Group Study Rooms – to be booked by Library staff on request of the student


UCC students who agree to be part of the pilot will have the holographic logo incorporated on their UCC ID cards. Those UCC students will use that card to try to access student services within the University of Strasbourg.

We are proud to be involved in this project, and in taking a step towards the development of a European student community.


And Limerick Institute of Technology