The partners

The European student card project partners are very numerous, since the pilot phase of the project, from 2016 to 2018, then through the many follow-on projects that take place within the framework of the European student card initiative.

University of Malaga
The University of Malaga (UMA) has an internal project for centralising most of University applications around the user thanks to their electronic identity. The UMA has implemented the European Student Card in its virtual modality. UMA has had its own in-house developed mobile App that includes a digital card for over seven years now. The UMA was one of the first four HEIs to sign the Groningen Declaration, and is one of the founding partners of the Network and has hosted its fourth annual meeting in 2015.

UMA has been participating in the Rome Students Systems and Standards group since its inception, chairing it during 2012-2015 through its transformation into the EUNIS Mobility task force. This group was instrumental to the creation of project EWP and EMREX.

UMA has participated in EWP, MyAcademicID, SEAL and EDSSI projects.

Normandie University
Normandie Université (NU) gathers 6 founding institutions and 12 associate members around different projects of which the common norman student card Leocarte is emblematic. The University of Rouen Normandie, a member of NU developed the ESUP-SGC card management system within the framework of the ESUP-portal consortium. This ESUP-SGC was the first to integrate the interconnection with the ESCR router (ESC router). Thanks to this, since 2018, the card has been able to integrate the hologram and the QR code in order to be recognized as a ESC. NU was the first at the European level to have implemented it for its entire student population. In 2021, ESUP SGC has integrated the possibility of writing the DEUInfo application on the chip, which will allow it to be integrated on the Leocarte at the next academic year (65,000 student cards in circulation / year in the region). NU is involved in the deployment of services linked to the European card. For this, an appropriate process has been set up through member institutions GTs bringing together digital services, international relations, student life, and the CROUS (student housing / catering institution). Some services have been identified in a territorial campus / off-campus approach (library, transport, culture, bookstore, etc.). As a result of these experiences and skills acquired by its teams, NU is considered a key player in the cards landscape of French higher education. This allows it to participate in various follow-up projects and in the national User Group coordinated by the French Erasmus Agency +

European Council of student affairs (ECStA)
An organization of cooperation between student services public providers in Europe aiming to promote the social infrastructure at all HEIs. ECStA has played a central role in the development of the ESC project launched by a MOU in 2015 by bringing together 4 of its members representing the whole higher education systems of Ireland, Italy, Germany and France. ECStA is involved in the implementation, dissemination and roll-out of the European Student Card.


EYCA European Youth Card Association
The European Youth Card Association (EYCA) is an NGO Non-for-profit organization founded more than 30 years ago that brings together all the countries in Europe that develop the European Youth Card Scheme. Nowadays EYCA is present in 40 countries in Europe and has more than 7 million students/young people with the card and offers them more than 40,000 opportunities, discounts and services in mobility, education, leisure, culture, sports, etc. EYCA also develops projects and activities related with information, participation, employability and entrepreneurship. Most of the EYCA members are National Governments that at the same time are involved in the development and roll out of the ESC.

EYCA and ECStA have signed a cooperation agreement in 2021.

Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe (STW)
The institution is responsible for 10 universities. On behalf of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the STW serves around 47,500 students, covering all aspects of student life. Organized as a public body, the STW oversees financial and social issues, residence, and dining facilities. Within the framework of the ESC project, STW Karlsruhe worked on access to services with electronic payment on the student card such as university restaurants, laundromats, vending machines, cafeterias.




Karlsruher Insitut für Technologie (KIT)
KIT is a technical university in the Land of Baden-Württemberg and a national research centre within the Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft, one of the research institutions and most important and prestigious education in Germany. KIT is one of the first partners of the ESC project and has worked on the deployment of accessible services thanks to the card, like the e-payment and access to university restaurants with the studentenwerke Karlsruhe. It is part of EUCOR, the cross-border European campus that brings together the universities of Strasbourg, Mulhouse, Friborg Basel and Karlsruhe. Finally, KIT is leader of the deployment of the European card initiative throughout the Land of Baden Württemberg through the BW CArd project. The bwCard project is carried out by the universities of Baden-Württemberg, sponsored by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWK). The goal is a federation that enables the participating institutions to reliably integrate chip cards from the other institution into their own digital processes and services. It considers aspects that can be implemented jointly in order to keep the hurdle for participation in ESC as low as possible for the individual institute. To this end, common rules and an infrastructure are created, exemplary services designed and future developments examined.

Eucor – The European Campus is an alliance of five universities based in the Upper Rhine region, namely the Universities of Basel, Freiburg, Haute-Alsace, Strasbourg as well as the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). With more than 117,000 students, it offers a dozen joint courses leading to double or triple degrees, while all students have the opportunity to take the courses of their choice in five institutions without multiplying the administrative procedures and the costs. It aims to strengthen cross-border cooperation in the field of research and education, which requires administrative fluidity of mobility. The Eucor universities are working on the implementation of the European Student Card (ESC). This tool is intended to allow use of the student card of the respective home university at any of the other universities. Whether it is to pay at the cafeteria, borrow books from the library, or open doors – the use of the ESC is technically easy. What is more, theoretically one could also have all academic achievements read out on the card by the partner university, provided one gives one’s consent as a student.


Humboldt University
The Berlin Campuscard System was established in 2015 by universities in Berlin as a solution to implement a city-wide student-ID system. The Service centre Campuscard was created at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin as the development and support administration for the system, which has since than not only developed all the required components but has also participated in multiple EU-funded projects to create a compatibility of student-IDs throughout Europe. These e projects include the ESC, MyAcademicID, ESC-Tension and EDSSI.


Deustches Studentenwerke (DSW)
The German National Association for Student Affairs is one of the Core partners of the ESC project and the public student service provider in Germany, head of the network of all student services providers of Germany.



The National Committee for the Student Card and its Usages :
brings together various players in French higher education around the multiservice student card and the European student card: (75 HEI and operators, Ministry of Higher Education, CNOUS, Conference of University Presidents (CPU), partners sur as the ESUP-Portal consortium (opensource card management system), CSIESR Higher Education and Research IT Services Committee, Association of Library Directors (ADBU). European University Information Systems organization, Renater National Research and Education Network, etc…

Erasmus Student Network (ESN)
one of the biggest student associations in Europe for supporting and developing student exchange, present in more than 1000 HEIs from 42 countries. 15,000 active members taking care of international students. ESN involves around 40,000 young people offering its services to around 350,000 international students every year.


The European Students’ Union (ESU)
is the umbrella organisation of 45 National Unions of Students (NUS) from 40 countries. Through its members, ESU represents almost 20 million students in Europe.

ESU has been associated partner of the ESC project and is advisor for its dissemination and roll out.



The National Erasmus+ Agency of France
The French national Erasmus Agency in partnership with CNOUS manages the implementation of the Erasmus + program, including support for the implementation of the ESC initiative. It has a long-time partnership with Cnous and have joined forces to deploy a support strategy for higher education establishments and the main stakeholders of higher education. Notably organization of national infodays: November 27, 2019 and January 28, 2021 with 550 and 1,000 participants, Regular organization of national webinars, supporting HEI throughout the implementation of the Initiative, production of web resources, promotional videos, web pages, documentary resources, mobilization of all the impacted functions within the institution, for the proper development of student services in particular, practical guidelines, a national “User Group”, made up of a panel of HEI representative for closer targeting actions and resources to deploy, support atypical establishments with weak IT infrastructure, lobbying and awareness-raising actions for national, regional and sectoral decision-makers.

The European Campus of City-Universities (EC2U) 
Alliance consisting of seven universities from four diverse regions of the European Union: The University of Coimbra, Iasi, Jena, Pavia, Poitiers (Coordinator), Salamanca and Turku. The Alliance’s ambition is to develop an innovative space allowing mobility to flow freely between the seven universities and associated cities. The EC2U Alliance will implement the ESC by 2023 and will extend it to the academic staff.


University of Rennes 1
member of the European University EDUC and coordinator of the KA103 Educards project:

The Educards project aims to implement the ESC within the European university EDUC. The activities carried out during the 3 years (2019-2022) of the project aim to experiment with a methodological framework for setting up the ESC, facilitating the use of the card by students, then developing and optimizing the services offered.

Coimbra group
Founded in 1985, the Coimbra Group is an association of long-established European multidisciplinary universities of high international standard. The purpose of the Group is to influence European educational policy and to develop best practices through mutual exchange of experience. The Coimbra Group is involved in several expert groups at the European Commission on the implementation of next Erasmus+ programme and associated tools, including the ESC and Erasmus Without Paper.


ESU Padua
is the regional organization for student affairs and services in Padua, responsible for over 70,000 students enrolled at the University of Padua. ESU PD is responsible for the canteens and common areas of student residences; it also offers vocational guidance and psychological counseling to students.

ESU Padua is particularly involved in the maintenance of the website

ESC-tension has the aim to promote the adoption and use of the European Student Card (ESC) by establishing a platform that will become a national focal point for the HEIs that want to implement the ESC. The platform will host the multilingual versions of operational tools that will detail the administrative, organisational and operational steps to issue the ESC, harmonise the card systems and adapt the students’ services to make the ESC fully functional in operational environments.

ESC-tension brings together excellence at EU level in the sphere of HEIs, student cards, ESC implementation as well as student services. The partnership encompasses complementary capacities and expertise through the involvement of 7 partners from 6 countries.


The Fondazione ENDISU
is the National Student Support Foundation which aims to provide services to students enrolled in partner universities. Currently, 11 higher education institutions are part of it.


is an Italian non-profit foundation of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart that provides student support services to academics. The Foundation promotes all services that help create the best living and studying conditions for students.


Student affairs Ireland
formerly The Confederation of Student Services of Ireland (CSSI) is the representative body for student services and student affairs in higher education in Ireland. SAI advocates for policy development and change on issues that affect our students SAI is a valuable resource for its members, facilitating networking, discussion and dissemination of information and issues of common interest.


The Crous de Bourgogne Franche-Comté (Regional Center for Student Services)
is a state public service under the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. Its mission is to promote the living and working conditions of students in higher education institutions, by awarding scholarships and accommodation to students of the Academy.


The Crous de Strasbourg (Regional Center for Student Services)
is a state public service under the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. Its mission is to promote the living and working conditions of students in higher education institutions, by awarding scholarships and accommodation to students of the Academy.


The Observatory of Student Life (OVE)
was created in 1989 by the French Minister of National Education in order to provide the most complete, detailed and objective information possible on the living conditions of students and is a member of the network Eurostudent.

Conselho Coordenador dos Institutos Superiores Politécnicos (
The network of polytechnics in Portugal CCISP is very involved in helping HEIs to increase the value of the support services provided to students.


The Politechnical Institute of Viana do Castello and the Instituto Politecnico de Bragança, which are familiar with student mobility, will play an active role in dissemination.





HRK Hochschulrektorenkonferenz

The Rectors’ Conference of German Universities was an associate partner of the European Student Card pilot project.

the Association for the Development of Electronic Transactions in the Territories, brings together public and private actors to promote the development of electronic transactions in local communities (payment cards, student cards, electronic payment and wallet, etc.


the French research and education network, aims to provide its members with secure access to the broadband network and to provide efficient collaborative services. RENATER plays a major role in the dissemination of education and research in Europe and the world. It has become an essential asset to support the educational research community in a strategic partnership approach.

is a shared services agency dedicated to innovation between universities and other higher education and research institutions. ESC partner from the pilot project. AMUE contributes to the digitization of French higher education and the deployment of the European student card initiative alongside the French Erasmus + agency, Renater and Cnous.


The Studierendenwerk Freiburg
is a public body responsible for financial and social matters, residences and restaurants. The institution is responsible for eleven higher education institutions. Partner of the ESC pilot project.

is a network designed to set new standards of excellence in student mobility. Its participation in projects such as the Online Learning Contract (OLA) and the Paperless Erasmus Project (EWP) makes it possible to make a relevant contribution to the development of the ESC project.

The Erasmus Without Paper

consortium is leading a project to create a network that promotes the electronic exchange of data and documents on mobile students, by interconnecting higher education institutions and student data from their information systems. This project is co-financed by the EU (prospective project). ESC and EWP constitute the two operational pillars of the European student card initiative of the European Commission, being deployed in higher education institutions participating in the Erasmus + program 2021-2017


The Conference of University Presidents (CPU)
is made up of presidents of universities, national polytechnics, teacher training colleges, Grandes Ecoles and research and higher education institutes. The CPU plays a decisive role in the adoption of the European student card by member institutions of its network.


The Université Bourgogne – Franche-Comté (UBFC)
has been a long-standing partner of the Crous de Besançon. Since September 2015, it has implemented a latest generation multiservice card. It also has strong cross-border cooperation with Germany and Switzerland which will benefit from the project.

Organization of the information systems of European universities whose mission is to help member institutions to develop their IT environment by sharing their experiences and working together, which participated in the organization of two joint conferences in 2017 and 2018 in the framework of the annual conferences of EUNIS. A EUNIS working group is dedicated to the student card and student mobility.