The European Students’ Union (ESU), formally known as the European Student Information Bureau (ESIB), groups 47 national unions of students (NUS) from 39 countries which are open to all students in their respective country in Europe. ESU’s mission is to ensure that the voices of Europe’s students are heard at the highest levels of European decision-making and in every arena related to higher education and student life. It aims to represent and promote the educational, social, economic and cultural interests of students at a European level towards all relevant bodies and in particular the European Union, Bologna Follow-Up Group, Council of Europe and UNESCO.
ESU works to bring together and to train and inform national student representatives on policy developments in higher education at the European level and vice versa. Its work focuses on supporting the members through organizing seminars, training, campaigns and conferences relevant to students, conducting European-wide research, partnership projects and campaigns, providing information services and producing a variety of publications for both students, policy-makers and higher education professionals. The main areas of work are the Bologna Process and student’s well-being, as well as support for other European initiatives.