ESNers and tree climbing

Who we are

Erasmus Student Network 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, top to bottom.

ESNers canoeing


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 for no more than 150 exchange students at Instituto Técnico de Lisboa (IST). Later that year, ESN grew and started helping all exchange students from the faculty.

In 2009, 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 2 000 exchange students.
Nowadays, we take pride in providing support to the over 16 000 students that pass through Lisbon yearly.

We really hope that you will have the best experience of your life in Lisboa so be sure that we will do everything that we can to make this possible for all.



Enrichment of society through international students


By 2025, ESN will be the global network of the Erasmus Generation, committed to improving international education and providing self-development opportunities to two million young people, fostering intercultural understanding and creating positive change in society.


Our Values


Unity in diversity, diversity in unity


We all have different backgrounds but share one common aim and goal


Students helping students


We passionately commit ourselves to volunteering for the benefits of others


Fun in friendship and respect


We enjoy relations based on respect



International dimension of the life


We are open-minded, mobile, like to discover and explore, to co-operate and to interact to break borders


Love for Europe as an area of peace and cultural exchange


We live and benefit from the cultural richness of Europe to the utmost


Openness with tolerance


We understand and accept others and learn from them



Cooperation in the integration


We share a holistic view towards internationality

Get to know our Board for 2023/2024!


Ana Soares



Nadine Santos



Rita Mendes



Rita Mestre

Events Manager


Miguel Ferreira


If you want to know our previous Boards, please click here.
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"Once Erasmus, Always Erasmus"