What is ESN?
Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is one of the biggest interdisciplinary student associations in Europe, founded in 1989 for supporting and developing student exchange.
ESN is present in over 500 Higher Education Institutions from 39 counties. The network is constantly developing and expanding. We have around 13.500 active members and it involves around 29.000 young people offering its services to around 180.000 international students every year.
More information: www.esn.org
What is ESN Vilnius University?
ESN Vilnius University is the oldest and biggest section of ESN Lithuania. It all started in 2000 as a mentor program and in 2002 December we became an official ESN section. We work under the principle "Students helping students".
The main purpose of the organization is to help exchange students adapt in a new place and encourage internationality in Vilnius University. This mainly is done through ESNbuddies - our volunteers, who help students in their academical and practical integration. In addition to that, we offer many activities to enrich the life of students during the exchange period, such as Orientation Week, cultural and social events,, language projects, etc.
ESN Vilnius University is working in two biggest cities of Lithuania, Vilnius and Kaunas (VU Kaunas Faculty). Each year more than 200 of our volunteers take care of around 1000 international students from more than 60 different countries.
We also provide relevant information and encourage future exchange students to gain international experience and relevant insight to different cultures. ESN allows the students of Vilnius University to get the "Erasmus experience in Lithuania" without going abroad.
WE CARE, WE HELP, WE SHARE!
Who are our members?
ESN Vilnius University team consists of Board, Coordinators, ESNers and ESNbuddies. All of them are either students of Vilnius University or just mobility minded people that work under one goal of “enriching the society through international students”. Our slogan is “We care, we help, we share” and we live by it every day to make international students experience in Lithuania as beneficial as possible and to share mobility opportunities with local students.
Consists of President,Vice President, VU SA PKP Coordinator and two regular Board members. Together they’re responsible for the management of the section.
You can become a Board member by raising your candidature during an Open Call and being elected during the Local Platform.
Consists of Leisure Affairs, Vice Leisure Affairs, Public Relations, Information Technologies, SocialErasmus, Projects, Human Resources, Partnerships and Kaunas Faculty coordinators. All together they are supporting the Board and managing their respective committees.
You can become a coordinator by raising your candidature during an Open Call and being elected during the Local Platform/Board meeting by the Board.
Members of ESN Vilnius University committees that work in order to provide international students with various leisure, social and other activities as well as ensure the well being of the section. You can find a more detailed description here
You can become an ESNer by filling in the registration form
ESNbuddies (mentors) are the biggest part of ESN Vilnius University family. Their main responsibility is to take care of international students that come to Vilnius University every Autumn and Spring. ESNbuddies support their buddies (international students) by helping them adapt to a new country as well as university and provide them with information about the most common academic and cultural things.
ESNbuddy is the first person a foreign student meets in Lithuania, a friend they can always count on during their exchange/studies period and, usually, a buddy for life that they communicate with even after the end of their time in Lithuania.
You can become an ESNbuddy by filling in the registration form during one of the recruitment periods (during November for Spring semester ESNbuddies and during May for Autumn semester ESNbuddies): here
Each active member can get a certificate after every semester, which gives extra value to their motivation for going on Erasmus themselves.
If you want to join us, but are hesitant about it or have any questions concerning our activities, drop a letter to [email protected] and we’ll give you all of the needed information and make all of your doubts disappear by either consulting you online or setting up a personal meeting with some tea and cookies.
We care, we help, we share!
President - Ona Marija Ladigaitė, [email protected]
Board Member - Gajane Margarjana, [email protected]
VU SA PKP Coordinator - Vanesa Ražinskytė, [email protected]
Leisure Affairs Coordinator - Neringa Budreckytė, [email protected]
Vice Leisure Affairs Coordinator - Monika Gineikaitė, [email protected]
SocialErasmus Coordinator - Lukrecija Lukoševičiūtė, [email protected]
IT Coordinator - Simonas Bendinskas, [email protected]
Partnerships Coordinator - Ugnė Jagminaitė, [email protected]