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European Council for Student Affairs (ECStA)

The European Council for Student Affairs (ECStA) is an autonomous and independent European umbrella group

which aims to promote the social infrastructure at universities (i.e. all higher education institutions) in Europe. 

The foundation of the ECStA is a result of various European conferences on economic and social support for students which have been held since the beginning of the 1990s. The European Council for Student Affairs was officially registered in Brussels on 11 February 1999. The official foundation meeting was held in Brussels on 5 October 1999 at which the ECStA decision making bodies were established.

With its activities the ECStA promotes the mobility of programme students and so-called free movers, i.e. students who arrange and finance their stay abroad themselves Thus, the association serves the objectives stated in article 149 of the EC-Treaty under ”Education, vocational training and youth“ namely those of ”encouraging the mobility of students and teachers“, ”promoting cooperation between educational establishments“ and ”developing exchanges of information and experience exchange on issues common to the educational systems of the Member States“.


  • To promote the social infrastructure within higher education institutions
  • To promote cooperation between organizations responsible for this sector in Europe
  • To be a contact and advisory body for the European institutions


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