Apply to join the European Student Assembly 2023 – Strasbourg, France

Deadline: December 4, 2022

Apply to join the next European Student Assembly 2023 in Strasbourg, France. The European Student Assembly (ESA) is a grassroots project that gathers each year more than 200 students from most European University Alliances (EUA) to debate current issues, draft political recommendations for the future of Europe and advocate them among stakeholders and decision makers.

One of the flagship projects of the European Universities Community (EUC), the ESA is entirely designed and implemented by a steering committee composed of students and academic and non academic staff members from different higher education institutions.

The objectives of the Assembly include:

  • Voicing the opinion of EUA students from different countries, backgrounds, fields and levels of study, all recruited for their engagement and motivation.
  • Fostering the participation of students within EUAs while reinforcing collaboration between them and increasing the impact and visibility of the EUA initiative.
  • Advocating deliberative processes as a way to regenerate European democracy and to reduce the gap between citizens and decision makers.
  • Encourage students to get involved in European politics at local, national and European level and increase their participation in European democratic processes.

Debating Topics

  • Panel 1 – Deliberative versus representative democracy? How to reduce the gap between citizens and policy-makers and create a more united Europe?
  • Panel 2 – Lessons from the past? How could the French-German history of reconciliation serve as a model to overcome conflicts and build unity?
  • Panel 3 – How to secure fair and sustainable access to energy in Europe at different levels?
  • Panel 4 – From farm to fork. How can local food distribution channels contribute to a fairer and more sustainable European food system?
  • Panel 5 – Taking better care of each other. What should be the European approach to mental health?
  • Panel 6 – How to ensure a fair and sustainable digital transition in a context of exploding demand and raw material scarcity?
  • Panel 7 – Is the EU in a position to develop an efficient foreign policy and an autonomous defence policy that would ensure the safety of its citizens?
  • Panel 8 – Cities of the future. How could sustainable cities contribute in European autonomy and people welfare?
  • Panel 9 – Excellence versus inclusion? How can European universities contribute to provide a more inclusive access to skills and knowledge?
  • Panel 10 – European Year of Skills – What role can higher education institutions play in reducing the skills gap in Europe?


Open to students from all nationalities, fields and levels of study as long as they are registered in a higher education institution participating in one of the 44 Erasmus+ European University Alliances.

  • Students who never had the opportunity to join ESA are welcome to apply as participant and/or panel coordinator.
  • Students who applied in the first edition of the ESA but were not selected are welcome to apply as participant and/or panel coordinator.
  • Students who participated in the first edition of ESA may only apply as panel coordinators.
  • Note that members of the faculty are not eligible unless they are PhD candidates.


  • Before applying, check that your higher education institution is involved in a European University Alliance.

While filling in the form, you will be asked if you wish to apply as a participant only, as a panel coordinator only, or as both. In any case, you are required to submit only one application. Please note that students who participated in the first edition of ESA may only apply as panel coordinators.

Click here to apply

For more information, visit ESA23.

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