ESC Initiative and EDSSI

The european student card is eponymous to the european commission’s european student card initiative.

Based on the political impetus given to the idea of a European student card, the European Commission has decided to launch the so-called European student card initiative. This, beyond the student card itself, brings together a series of projects intended to facilitate student mobility in Europe by offering higher education institutions and students services based on the digital boom.


The European student card initiative in the broad sense

In addition to the projects funded by the Erasmus program, projects funded by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) program

Erasmus Without Paper, EMREX and the European Student Card on Erasmus + funding

Student services projects funded by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF):

gateway to the production version of eIDAS to provide secure authentication for students.

solutions to support HEIs to manage their internal processes, by providing a secure student identity and authentication, and developing electronically signed documents.

This project follows on from the ESMO project. It aims to create a virtual wallet that can link the range of different identities that a person may have. It will enable users to securely authenticate themselves and use whichever identity is most relevant to the service they want to use.

MyAcademicID is essential at the heart of the European Student Card initiative as it is a milestone project, the results of which serve as a basis for subsequent projects concerning service infrastructure.
The objective of MyAcademicID is to allow students in an exchange situation abroad to register and authenticate themselves in higher education institutions, to manage their Erasmus mobility process and to access various student services. in Europe.
The MyAcademicID project aims to implement the technical infrastructure supporting a European student identity by integrating the federation system of national federations eduGAIN operated by GÉANT, with the European student identifier of the European Student Identifier (ESI) project and the eIDAS interoperability framework, currently being deployed by the Member States.

CEF Digital Service infrastructures (DSIs) play a key role in supporting Member States to comply with EU Regulations and Directives and facilitate coordination among Member States to share data, develop standards and enable the interoperability of an ecosystem of digital solutions they have developed at national level. This has resulted in faster and more efficient online public and cross-border services for the benefit of citizens, businesses and public administrations across Europe.

See the european student card initiative flyer :

The ambition of the European Digital Student Service Infrastructure (EDSSI) project is to create an IT infrastructure that connects the Erasmus+ Higher Education mobility programme to the digital single market of the EU.


The infrastructure leverages the Once Only Principle so that higher education students and staff are able to authenticate themselves and access all mobility services and information available with a single login and regardless of their geographical location. Thus, the project strengthens inclusivity and contributes substantially to the delivery of the European Education Area1


The EDSSI will spread the usage of eIDAS enabled eIDs in the European Education Area. Henceforth, the project will contribute to the common European data spaces and the CEF Telecom objectives by supporting enhanced connections and reliable data exchanges among higher education institutions and third-party student service providers.


The new system is fully aligned with the goals set for the European Education Area, such as the European Universities and the European Student Card Initiative. Also, it contributes and builds up on a wide array of HE mobility digitisation initiatives, such as the MyAcademicID, Erasmus Without Paper, European Student Card project, EMREX or Erasmus+ App projects.


The project is funded under the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility programme under grant agreement no. LC-01560120 CEF-TC-2019-4-001.