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The European Student Card Initiative will enable every student to easily and safely identify and register themselves electronically at higher education institutions within the EU when moving abroad for studies, eliminating the need to complete on-site registration procedures and paper work. This is an essential step in boosting mobility and exchanges in Europe and promoting student participation in educational and cultural activities, in line with the vision of a true European Education Area.
The goal is to have, a full roll-out of this initiative in place by 2021 for all higher education institutions participating in the future Erasmus+ Programme (which will start in 2021), and make the card available to all students in Europe by 2025.
Fully compliant with personal data protection laws, the card will guarantee a secure exchange of student information and allow for a seamless transition from one higher education institution to another. The card will also give students the chance to access online courses and services provided at other higher education institutions. This will not only facilitate virtual mobility and blended learning, but also give students a greater choice in the programmes they can follow. Over time, the European Student Card will also allow students to enjoy cultural activities throughout Europe at discounted prices.
The benefits of the European Student Card Initiative go beyond students, as it will simplify administrative procedures and reduce the administrative load for higher education institutions, boosting mobility for all.
The digital projects that make up this initiative – Erasmus Without Paper, EMREX and the European Student Card– will be scaled up as from 2019 with further Erasmus+ and Connecting Europe Facility funding. The initiative will be linked to the EU's electronic identification rules (eIDAS regulation) to provide the trust needed to authenticate the student and allow him/her to ascertain his/her rights online.
The European Student Card Initiative is a step forward in the transition towards a digital era and a truly European Education Area where spending time abroad to study and learn is the norm, and educational excellence is a reality for all.