ESN Lisboa is a team of volunteer students, part of the European NGO Erasmus Student Network. We are a mix of Portuguese and international students who share an interest in intercultural exchanges, travelling, and showing our city.
We organize events of many different types, from Welcome Days to receive new students at their universities, to trips across the country. We study in many universities across the city, so you can easily find us. We are often wearing our green hoodies and go by the nickname 'Sardines'.
ESN Lisboa is the largest ESN section in Portugal, in terms of activities' organization and the amount of exchange students we help. We are also the only non-profit organization in Lisbon fully composed by volunteers.
Our mottos are 'Students helping students' and 'Once Erasmus, Always Erasmus'.
If you are interested in reading more about the International Erasmus Student Network, click here.
If you are interested in reading more about the Erasmus Student Network Portugal and its different teams, click here.
ESN Lisboa was founded in September 2008 by a small group of Portuguese students who had just returned from their Erasmus.
We started as an informal student group, and organized activities in the first semester of 2008/2009 for no more than 150 exchange students at Instituto Técnico de Lisboa (Universidade de Lisboa). Later that year, ESN grew and started helping all exchange students from the faculty.
In 2009/2010 ESN Lisboa took a crucial leap and started offering its support and activities to all exchange students in Lisbon. More than 50 different activities were organized throughout this year, targeting almost 2000 exchange students.
Nowadays, we take pride in providing support to the over 18000 students that pass through Lisbon yearly. We are also the only non-profitable organization in Lisbon fully composed by volunteers, from top to bottom.