SocialErasmus (SE) is an international project of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) with the aim of involving international students, participating in university exchange, in to social and volunteering activities in their host country. The project promotes a social attitude among international students and facilitates their social integration into the local community while exploring the added value that resides in the diversity in Europe. The project goes under the slogan:
Reach higher! Go further! Go social!
The aim of the SocialErasmus project is to complete the stay abroad with the original values of the Erasmus Program. Erasmus is supposed to be an opportunity to get to know new cultures and education systems as well as to make new unforgettable friendships, but also it should be a kind of inspiration for a future life. Moreover, SocialErasmus project enables to experience something new, as consequence Erasmus program participants will get a new perspective, which would be beyond their cognitive abilities, if they did not take part in the Erasmus program.
What does SocialErasmus offer?
SocialErasmus offers new ways for international students to expand their knowledge of other cultures and educational systems and enables them to engage in society-beneficial activities bringing them closer to the local communities they live in. Through various activities the project promotes a social attitude to international students while at the same time, combining formal and informal education with intercultural experiences. By their engagement the students enrich their curricula, gain experiences, knowledge, openness and love for Europe.
International students meet their local community at eye-height and show that mobility does not only mean travelling or studying abroad, but also active engagement in local communities. International students contribute to the local community, which foster a better cultural understanding and inspire local students to study abroad.
SocialErasmus has three different pillars which the project focuses on:
- Charity: Social activities with a charitable purpose.
- Environment: Activities that promotes environmental thinking or serves an environmental purpose.
- Education: Educational activities that integrate international students with the society.
ESN Sweden's Involvement
Our sections have organized several SocialErasmus events, including clothing drives and Erasmus in Schools. We also have our own national coordinator and Facebook Page! Here is a photo of our section ESN BTH during an Erasmus in Schools visit: