Candidate members

How to become a candidate member?

After successfully submitting an application for membership, the applying national union of students may be granted candidate status at a Board Meeting.


To apply for membership, go to this page. Once the candidate status has been given, the National Union of Students will retain the status for at least a year, during which a study visit is held to confirm that the organisation does fulfil the ESU membership criteria.

Once a study visit is held

The Board Meeting once again votes on whether the national union of student is to:

  • become a member of ESU
  • remain candidate member of ESU for a specified period of time
  • rejected due to non compliance to membership criteria

More information

For more information on the benefits and duties of candidates or on how a study visit should be organised please email


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