This new project aims at answering fundamental questions concerning active citizenship and participation in democratic processes of young students, in particular ERASMUS students. Through an in-depth survey, the project will measure the feeling of “being European” among young students and, furthermore, assess any possible existing links between “being ERASMUS student” and level of engagement in the European society. In addition, this project aims to investigate the voting intentions and behaviour of Erasmus and university students, across Europe, in the European Parliament’s elections.

AEGEE-Europe/European Students’ Forum, The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and Generation Europe Foundation partnered up and launched this new project, funded in September 2013 by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme.

The kick-off meeting was hosted in the Brussels office of AEGEE-Europe, the coordinator of the project. The partners discussed the main project milestones such as the 3 study visit in December in 3 European Universities who are well known for hosting thousands of Erasmus students; the launching conference in January 2014 with all policy makers and stakeholders during, which we will launch the survey and the promotion campaign for preparing the Erasmus students to vote. An official website for the project will be launched in January 2014.

The project consortium will be supported by an Advisory Board consisting by two main European associations: EMI (European Movement International) and ESA (European Sociological Association).