Associazioni studentesche di supporto al programma Erasmus
The associations of students enrolled in the University of Catania are involved in the organization of cultural, sports and social activities related to Erasmus program. In order to have access to some academic services and facilities the associations recognized by the University of Catania have to
be recorded in an official register. Associations dealing with international activities are:
- Association des Etats Généraux des Etudiants de l’Europe (AEGEE).
- Erasmus Student Network (ESN).
Associations are in charge of:
- supporting foreign colleagues upon their arrival;
- helping them in getting familiar with Italian culture and environment;
- assisting them in finding a stable accommodation for all the mobility period.
Association des Etats Généraux des Etudiants de l’Europe (AEGEE)
AEGEE was born 31 years ago bringing together students with different cultural backgrounds. Today, AEGEE is Europe’s largest interdisciplinary youth organisation: 40 countries, 200 cities, 13.000 friends. This network provides the ideal platform for young volunteers to work together on cross-border activities such as international conferences, seminars, exchanges, training courses and case study trips. In line with the challenges young people are currently facing in Europe, AEGEE’s work is focused on three main areas: Youth Participation, Bridging Europe and Inclusion of Minorities. The most important event promoted by the association is the Summer University, that takes place during summer between one and four weeks in one of the cities where AEGEE is present.
Understanding and exploring the multicultural dimension of the European continent, removing national borders, fighting for tolerance and creating open-minded citizens are some of the reasons why many young students from all over Europe come together in the Summer University to taste the diversity of multiculturalism.
Erasmus Student Network (ESN)
In 2009, Esn Ase Catania joined the ESN network, showing throughout the years a great deal of motivation. Esn Catania plays a key role on a local, regional and national level. It promotes, plans and manages all sorts of events, some including cooperation with other sections of the Italian network. Currently there are 25 active board members of ESN, providing a wide range of activities every semester. Among all activities, Esn Catania pays special attention to the Social Erasmus Programme. In fact, Catania was the first to promote Erasmus blood donation day, in partnership with AVIS. Esn
Catania also takes part in a non-competitive yearly marathon charity named “Corri Catania” joined enthusiastically by Erasmus students and Esn members. Welcoming incoming students is a priority. Each semester is begun with a Welcome Week, during which, through formal and informal activities, the students get familiar with the association and the services provided. These services include tutoring, a housing program, and many leisure activities such as treasure hunts, excursions, sightseeing tours and parties.
Integration and language support are stimulated by a “tandem language learning program” and a biannual cinema club where movies in Italian language are screened and discussed at the end, creating opportunities for debates and exchange of views.