The study focuses on the feasibility of eID and Authentication Services (eIDAS compliant) to support student mobility and access to student services across the European Union.

The study assesses the technological solutions and standards used for providing access to these services and presents a cross-border pilot scenario based on eIDAS compliant solutions.

Its main objectives, aligned to the objectives of the EU Commission, are to review, quantify and analyse the:

  • Current use of student e-cards or other eID solutions in the EU28
  • Technological solutions and standards in place for offering access to student services in the EU28
  • Feasibility of piloting a European-wide student eCard or another eID solution in the EU28

The report offers an in-depth review of the current mobile solutions used by higher education institutions and their limitations. It provides a good assessment of the opportunities generated by the eIDAS regulation on services offered by higher education institution and it analyses the challenges for the wider adoption of a student e-card compliant with eIDAS for cross-border access to student service from different perspectives: legal, economic, technical and organisational.

Also, it makes a good analysis of the possibilities of convergence with ongoing initiatives in relation to student services and mobility with a focus on identity management and academic information exchange. By clearly explaining the current gaps and needs in the academic eID scene, the study provides a useful picture to better the requirements needed for improving and supporting the mobility (physical and virtual) of students.

The main outcomes of this feasibility study consist of:

  • Analysis of the types of barriers for the wider adoption of a student e-card or other similar eIDAS compliant eID solution for cross-border access to student services. These barriers are considered from various perspectives: legal, economic, technical or semantic, and organisational.
  • Identification of the key elements for piloting eIDAS compliant eID solutions providing access to cross-border student services.

These outcomes will contribute to the further implementation of the EU Student eCard initiative by the European Commission, DG CONNECT.

The Report

Executive summary (EN, FR)


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