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 Ronzeau, President of the Steering committee, Emmanuel Giannesini, President 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 University, University of Haute Alsace as part of EUCOR – the European Campus and 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