Digital ESC

The digital European Student Card aims at enabling students to access student services outside of their university as if they were at their own (see more details in the EC press release here

From now on the students can generate their ESC directly in the Erasmus+ App requiring only two things:

  • That the student is using eduGAIN, which allows them to login in with their own university user account and password
  • And that the university uses the ESI as part of the academic attributes that are released in their eduGAIN mechanism.

ESC step-by-step

For students to generate the ESC it only takes 3 simple steps:

  1. Navigate to the ESC icon at the top ribbon and just follow the instructions. 
  2. Take a photo/upload one.
  3. Confirm!

The ESC is generated and can be displayed as well as the QR code scanned for the verification, should service providers require it

Good practices

You can read more about the experience at ELTE with the deployment of ESI here or relive the webinar sharing their experience here.

More information for the technical teams


 Are there conflicts between the digital European Student Card and local student union's membership cards?

No, the digital ESC is not meant to replace any local, physical student cards as it is clear that in many universities these cards also serve other functions e.g. smart cards that also let students make payments or access rooms etc.

 Is the ESI a mandatory element to create the digital European Student Card?

Yes, it is. The European Student Identifier is a digital identifier enabling students to uniquely identify themselves when they access student mobility services online in such a way supporting and easing international student mobility and trans-national cooperation of higher education institutions.
You can read more about it here:

 Is the authentication via eduGAIN required for the students to use the digital European Student Card?

Yes, it is. If your university is not part of the eduGAIN community you can reach out to your National Agency on alternative solutions on acquiring access for your students.

 Does universities need to first register students in Beneficiary Module before students are able to use Erasmus+ App?

No, that is not necessary - all mobile students can use the App.