Who we are
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.
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.
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