ESN Zagreb was founded in October 2010, as Zagreb Exchange Committee. In the beginning of 2011 Zagreb Exchange Committee applied for the membership in the Erasmus Student Network and its full membership was approved at CNR Tartu on the 4th July, which made Zagreb Exchange Committee the first ESN section in Croatia, taking the name Erasmus Student Network Zagreb. The founders and the first Local board of ESN Zagreb were Morena Šimatić as the President and Tena Osrečak as the Vice-President.
Today, ESN Zagreb has over 80 members and 6 teams (ICE, Sport, SocialErasmus, PR, Party and Travel) so the applicants can choose for which teams they want to volunteer. In 2019/20 members of ESN Zagreb Local Board are: Marko Franjić as President, Josip Golubić as Vice-President, Monika Kolić as Secretary and Sara Vrban as Local communication manager
Each semester our members organise a great number of fun and educational activities for incoming students in Zagreb which aim to help them connect with each other during their stay in Zagreb, get to know the local culture, everyday life and the beauty of nature in Zagreb and Croatia. Through different events such as International Dinner, Language Table, visits to retirement homes and kindergartens, all kinds of sports activities like bubble football, paintball and free climbing, trips to various destinations in Croatia, karaoke and much, much more we connect together international students and local community in order to enrich our society and create the best possible mobility experience.
Buddy programme is one of our biggest and most important projects because it directly connects international students with local students – their Buddy – in order to get help and important information even before they even come to Zagreb.
One of our tasks is the promotion of mobility programs, therefore, we regularly organize educational presentations and workshops for our local community in order to make them familiar with different possibilities of studying, volunteering or working abroad as well as holding workshops on how to properly write a motivation letter and CV or how to apply for Erasmus+ scholarship.
As for our partners, University of Zagreb and International Relations Office are direct partners of ESN Zagreb providing financial and other kinds of support.
Events organized by ESN Zagreb:
September 2012 – CNR Zagreb
November 2013 – SEEP Zagreb
November 2014 – 5th National Platform of ESN Croatia
October 2015 – SECM Zagreb
November 2016 – NBM Zagreb
November 2017- 8th National Platform of ESN Croatia
ESN Zagreb won many awards such as SeCoSTAR for the best ESN Section Cooperation (ESN Lisbon + ESN Zagreb) in 2015, mobilitySTAR(for the best Mov’in Europe event MEekend) and Section in the Spotlight award by ESN International (Network Committee) in 2017. Even the press loves us, so we have been numerous times on the pages of Studentski.hr and Srednja.hr.