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ESN USB Budweis

Erasmus Student Network USB Budweis is a student association at the University of South Bohemia. The association has about 15 members across faculties and grades who lead various activities and about 40 students who are so-called buddies for a foreign student. This association was founded in 2019 by connecting the long-running International Student Club of the University of South Bohemia (ISC USB) to the largest European non-profit student network Erasmus Student Network.


About us

Erasmus Student Network (ESN) USB Budweis is an international student club that operates at the University of South Bohemia. In the Czech Republic, it ranks among 19 sections that can be found throughout the country. Our activity is not limited only to the territory of the Czech Republic, on the contrary. Our association was founded in 2019 by connecting the long-standing International Student Club of the University of South Bohemia (ISC USB) to the largest European non-profit student network Erasmus Student Network.
The association has around 15 active members across faculties and  study programmes who lead various activities and around 80 students who act as so-called Buddies for exchange students.



How it started

The story of our section began in 2007 when the International Student Club (ISC) was founded by one of the teachers at the Faculty of Economics. We are truly proud of the whole journey we have taken over the years. The year 2019 was one of the most important ones. Taking part in ESN CZ opened many doors for us. Since then we have managed many things such as concluding contract with the university or obtaining our own office and storage.

 The promotional materials we created were also great success. The visual indentity of the section won the ExCZellent award. Another big step was Broaddy system, which allowed a lot of friends to join and later become active members. 

Board members 2019/2020
Board members 2020/2021
Board members 2021/2022
Board members 2022/2023
Board members 2023/2024

Our Activity

Our activity is based on the mission, vission and values of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) community. The vision and mission of ESN were discussed and approved at the Annual General Meeting in Thessaloniki 2019.


By 2025, ESN will be a global network of the Erasmus Generation, committed to improving international education and providing opportunities for self-development to two million young people, promoting intercultural understanding and creating positive change in society.


The ESN values that all members stand and work for are:

  •  unity in diverity, diversity in unity (we all have different backgrounds but share one common goal)
  •  students helping students (enthusiastically committed to volunteering for the benefit of others)
  •  fun in friendship and respect (we enjoy newly formed friendships based on respect for others)
  •  the international dimension of life (we are openminded, mobile, we like to explore, we cooperate and communicate in an effort to break down the borders between us)
  • love to Europe as an area of peace and cultural exchange (we live and make the most of Europe's cultural wealth)
  • openness with tolerance (we understand others, accept them and learn from them)
  • cooperate in integration 

Activity at the University

As part of the cooperation with the University of South Bohemia, we participate in the organisation of events during the traditional orientation week for foreign students, the so called "Orientation week", when students get to know the organisation of the semester at USB and the campus. You can also meet us during the celebrations of International Days or Erasmus Days. It is during these celebrations that our members, who themselves found the courage to travel within the framework of interantional university celebrations, get to speak. And since there are also sports enthusiasts among us, we regularly organise trips to the surroundings of Ceske Budejovice and sports events.

Orientation Week for exchange students
Erasmus Days
Workshops dedicated to study abroad 
Cooperation with international
sections of ESN community 
Participation on European's events
 (conference in Maribor 2023)
Educational events for external audince and children

Buddy Programme

University life can sometimes be a bit lonely, even though we have countless classmates around us... Even for a local student, it can be challenging, let alone a foreinger. In order to help overcome the sorrows of loneliness or the local authorities, we have introduced the so-called Buddy programme.

Exchange students voluntarily sing up for the Buddy programme and request help from local students in this form. Through the anonymous application, a local student chooses "his" erasmate, for whom he will thus become the first "buddy" or friend. All students' profiles contain only names, faculty, field of study, language skills, and possibly hobbies. We maintain a degree of anonymity during this selection process in order to adhere to our motto "Student Helping Students" regardless of nationality, gender, or cultural background.

Anyone can become a buddy in our organisation, regardless of whether they are a regular member or just interested in helping and overcoming language barriers. If you are interested in joining this project, just visit this page and sign up:   https://fiesta.plus/auth/signup/ 

For more information about the project, you can visit us during Office Hours, which take place every week, the dates of which we regularly publish on social networks, or you can join us during a seminar on this topic, which takes place every semester.


The association is composed of so-called "Board members", and coordinators who actively engage in the association's agenda under the leadership of corresponding positions on the Board. Board members are elected by regular members of the organisation for a period of one calendar year. Elections take place regularly every year during the General Assembly, during which candidates present their candidacies. These elections are anonymous and governed by the association's statutes. Board members play a key role in shaping the organisation's vision and fulfilling its mission.
The organisation also includes active members who directly participate in the association's activities or contribute to the planning of these activities. Integral to the association are the so-called "Buddy members," who are students dedicated to assisting international students and providing them with guidance throughout their university studies.

Board members

David Zeman
Lenka Nedvědová


Miroslav Zámečník
Communication Manager
Lukáš Valenta
HR Manager
Barbora Hricková
Nazar Yatsuk
Event Manager


Social Media Team
Social Media Team
Social Media Team
Event Coordinator
Office Coordinator
Storage Coordinator



The ESNcard is the membership card of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN). It gives you access to all the services offered by ESN and all our partners. The aim of the ESNcard - or ESN membership  - is to support international students and trainees and give them access to affordable opportunities during their period abroad.


With the ESNcard, you will enjoy plenty of discounts - housing, sport, food, bars, etc.- all over Europe. You will also have the opportunity to participate in hundreds of events with your ESN section and other sections around your destination country, and even beyond, for the period of your membership. 

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