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European Council for Student Affairs (ECStA)

The European Council for Student Affairs (ECStA) is an autonomous and independent European umbrella group

which aims to promote the social infrastructure at universities (i.e. all higher education institutions) in Europe. 

The foundation of the ECStA is a result of various European conferences on economic and social support for students which have been held since the beginning of the 1990s. The European Council for Student Affairs was officially registered in Brussels on 11 February 1999. The official foundation meeting was held in Brussels on 5 October 1999 at which the ECStA decision making bodies were established.

With its activities the ECStA promotes the mobility of programme students and so-called free movers, i.e. students who arrange and finance their stay abroad themselves Thus, the association serves the objectives stated in article 149 of the EC-Treaty under ”Education, vocational training and youth“ namely those of ”encouraging the mobility of students and teachers“, ”promoting cooperation between educational establishments“ and ”developing exchanges of information and experience exchange on issues common to the educational systems of the Member States“.


  • To promote the social infrastructure within higher education institutions
  • To promote cooperation between organizations responsible for this sector in Europe
  • To be a contact and advisory body for the European institutions


Project: “European Citizen Campus”

The “ECC” has been carried out by 10 universities and student service organizations, from six different countries that all possess a long-term expertise in the promotion of student cultural activities. It highlighted the vital role of these organizations in

the development of a European identity amongst young people by fostering student art projects. EEC started a creative process on different vision(s) of the European citizenship concept seen by student eyes with the purpose to stimulate debate on this issue with the wider audience. The project core was the establishment of an international art mobility and exchange programme that gave 144 students from different academic disciplines and 12 professional artists the opportunity to visualize their approach to European citizenship. The creative work has been carried out in trans-disciplinary laboratories set up at university sites in Belgium, France, Germany Italy, Luxembourg, and Portugal. Each laboratory was composed of four students from each consortium country and led by two internationally renowned artists from two different art genres. The laboratories were dedicated to thematic variations of citizenship, namely identity, roots, home, freedom, conflict and dialogue. The works of art have been presented at local/regional exhibitions in the involved countries as well as at a main European exposition at the occasion of the final dissemination conference in Antwerp. In total, more than 50 performed artistic works circulated. Crucial for the dissemination of project results are the European umbrella organizations “European Council for Student Affairs”, ”European Student Union” and “University Network of European Capitals of Culture” which were officially supporting the project.


Azienda Regionale per il diritto allo studio universitario Padova, Italy
Centre National des Ouvres Universitaires et Scolaires, France
Instituto Politéchnico de Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Studentenvoorzieningen Artesis Hogeschool, Belgium
Studentenwerk Freiburg, Germany
Studentenwerk Karlsruhe, Germany
Studierendenwerk Mainz, Germany
Université du Luxembourg, Luxembourg


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