ESN Antwerp, short for Erasmus Student Network, is a very lively organisation of motivated international minded students from different universities and “hogescholen” in Antwerp. Most of us, like yourself, have been on an exchange programme abroad. We are convinced that the social part of such an exchange is at least as important as the studying part of your stay in Belgium. We also try to provide you with any help or information you will need that is not related to your academic work.

Our main goal is to make sure that all international students get to know each other as well as Belgian students. Therefore we have arranged an ice-breaking week, an introduction weekend, sightseeing trips, professional opportunities, cultural events,… and last but certainly not least: a lot of parties!


 

President: Aagje Lemmens - president@esnantwerp.org
Our president is the one that keeps an eye on everything.

Aagje has a passion for travelling. She visited Costa Rica and Barcelona with the EF-program and has just returned from Cuba in July. She studies Spanish and English at the Arts department of the University of Antwerp. She is hard-working and dedicated, but also a huge party animal.

She is a positive thinker with a contagious smile. She really knows how to party, although she usually peaks during pre-drinks. If it were socially acceptable, she would take a bottle of apple jenever everywhere she goes. You will have to forgive her for her terrible taste in music because even when she isn’t drunk, you will hear “I bless the rains down in Africa” at least twice a night.

 

Vice President: Pieter Dedeurwaerder - vicepresident@esnantwerp.org
Our vice president is the right hand of our president.

Pieter hasn’t been on Erasmus, but he is living the Erasmus dream with all the international students in Antwerp. He’s a very social, energetic person and he loves to make new friends. Besides of being Vice-President, which gives him some responsibility and which he will do with all his heart, he is also Media. So you will see him a lot at all the Erasmus activities with his camera. So if you see him and his camera, strike a beautiful pose or ask for a nice selfie.. These photos will be an awesome memory of an awesome time in Antwerp!

 

Treasurer: Tom Ceulemans - finance@esnantwerp.org
Our treasurer ('Quaestor') has the control over all of our finances. He promised the ESN team that he will protect our money with his life. 

Before his erasmus experience in Lund, Sweden, Tom already lived for 3 years in Washington D.C. where he went to an international school. This was the first time he realised how fantastic it is to meet new people, and to learn about different cultures, from all over the world. His desire to learn from other people has only increased since his erasmus experience in Lund, Sweden, where he also realized the importance of the role of ESN. Tom joined ESN because he wants to give you the best erasmus experience. Currently, Tom is doing a Master after Master Financial Law. His biggest dream is to combine living in different countries with his carreer in law.

Aside of leading and studying, Tom is always up to meet people and have a chat about anything. Since his stay in the US, his biggest love is the Baltimore Ravens and American football in general. So if you want to watch games and the superbowl, he is definitely up to join you (even in the middle of the night)!

 

Party Planner: Jitse Rossen - partyplanners@esnantwerp.org
Guess what she does?                                                                                   YES! YES! Party!!

Jitse is a very social, optimistic party animal who never stops smiling. The party doesn’t start until she walks in! Aside of partying, Jitse studies Spanish and French at the KU Leuven in Antwerp. She went on Erasmus to Seville, where she lost her heart. After her stay in Spain, she couldn’t believe her Erasmus was over, so she decided to join ESN Antwerp to relive this amazing experience!

Jitse is a really talkative and spontaneous girl, so if you feel the need to get something of your chest, she always will be there. Or you’re just looking for a party buddy? She’s your girl!  

 

Party Planner: Marlies Kempen - partyplanners@esnantwerp.org
Guess what she does?                                                                                   YES! YES! Party!!

Marlies is probably ESN's biggest, or at least tallest party animal! Quite clumsy, but good for a lot of fun.

She is proud Dutch, but also very happy to spend the last few years of her student life in Antwerp! (Save the best for last, right?)

Marlies completely fell in love with ESN during her own Erasmus experience in Budapest. Back home the poor girl suffered from a serious post-Erasmus depression, what made her decide to go for round 2! And here she is! Super excited to jump into the Erasmus bubble again!

Marlies is always down for adventure, she believes in Karma (she is a bitch and always coming for you ) and sarcasm is definitely her thing! Besides that, her appearance will probably confirm all the stereotypes you guys have about Dutch people. But that's okay, she's determined to show you otherwise! haha. At the same time she hopes you will surprise and entertain her with all your crazy ass stories, habits and customs! She is really looking forward meeting you all and  very eager to make some (un)forgettable memories!

 

Culture: Florence Van den Bergh - culture@esnantwerp.org
Our culture person organises the best and wildest cultural activities for you.

Florence will be one of your Culture-experts at ESN. She will go to beautiful Bologna on Erasmus the 2nd semester, but in the 1st semester she’s ready to guide you and make your stay in Antwerp unforgettable! Florence loves to dance her ass off with her friends and she sure will introduce you to her favourite Belgian beer, Duvel. You will have a great friend in Florence: not only is she the most fun party animal to go out with, she will also be there for friends in need and will always brighten up your day with her radiant smile. Don’t hesitate to ask her anything if you have lost your way around in Antwerp, whether you’re looking for a bar, a trendy concept store or a cosy restaurant. She’s always ready to help!

Apart from studying Law, Florence spends her days and nights swimming, studying Italian, dancing in a bar and binge-watching television series every now and then. She loves to stroll around and discover new places, not only in Antwerp but also abroad. Florence also enjoys some quality time with her cats and her family. She’s already heavily looking forward to meeting all of you and making new friends from all over the world!

 

Culture: Marijke Janssens - culture@esnantwerp.org
Our culture person organises the best and wildest cultural activities for you.

This is Marijke. You can also call her by her nickname Marre. 

Describing her is like describing all the impulsive things you think about right now. She always gets herself in situations you dont even know they existed. It is not unexpected that she was assigned the culture function. She loves travelling, meeting new people, discovering spots, eating food from all over the world, learning languages, listening music... and you can keep going. This lady is always willing to help a friend in need. She is one of the best people to go to for support or advice and tells you straightforward what she thinks about the matter. She is an enthusiastic girl who is not been on exchange so far, but she is dedicatedly planning this for next year. If you have any recommendation she would be greatful to hear about!

PS: you should definetly ask her "how to do a deikel" she would explain it to you with lots of pleasure!

 

Culture: Sarah Van Maele - culture@esnantwerp.org

When it comes to Sarah it's impossible to not notice her enthusiastic attitude! Meanwhile being an organised, diligent girl during the day, she can surprise you by turning into a party animal at night! Whether you like to dance with her on Beyoncé or talk about more serious stuff (both preferably with a good glass of wine), you can always count on her and her bright smile!

As a master student of linguistics and literature Sarah knows everything about the nicest books you definitely should read and the latest theatreplays or other cultural events you must go to. Besides this, she can always tell you more about the coolest places in Antwerp AND Amsterdam where she went on Erasmus last year!

Sarah has the biggest heart for the people she loves and is always in the mood for getting to know new people and their lifestories. She's someone who will always be honest with you; a girl who you can truly rely on, also when it comes to making the best brownies you have ever tasted (don't forget to ask the recipee before you leave)!

Almost forgot to mention, Sarah can amaze you with her 'Sex and the City' knowledge. You can always count on her to find a quote that perfectly describes your relationship- or shopping addiction situation! Needless to say, you definitely should get to know this blonde 

 

Public Relations: Astrid Lebrun - publicrelations@esnantwerp.org
Our PR-expert keeps up the relations with our sponsors and supporters.

Astrid is the most energetic girl you probably have met. She always has time for a chat or to tell the amazing things she has been doing. She just can't sit at home. She has a passion for travelling. She went with an AISEC program to Malaysia and did her summerschool in Goa, India. She is studying business engineer and her hard work pays off but besides that,  she never says no to a night out.  

She is also very sweet. When you need some motivation she is the one to cheer you up  with her contagious smile.
Astrid talks 4 languages fluently: Dutch, French, Spanish and English. She is half Latina (Colombia) and maybe she will show you her roots on the dance floor!

Astrid is really excited to meet all of you , Erasmus students while daydreaming about her own study exchange next year! 

 

Public Relations: Yvette Poumpalova- publicrelations@esnantwerp.org
Our PR-expert keeps up the relations with our sponsors and supporters. 

Yvette is one of those people who are always excited about life and loves to laugh (a lot and loudly!). Being a passionate blabbermouth with her head in the clouds, she has a soft spot for cosy nights with a bottle of rosé. Always eager to try out something new and push boundaries, she’ll convince you to go on a crazy trip in no time! Having backpacked through Japan, road tripped through Europe and explored South Africa, she’s ready to be your next travel buddy!

Returning from an Erasmus adventure in Norway, Yvette joined ESN as Public Relations to make sure everyone coming to Antwerp has an absolute dreamy experience. She has a huge heart, loves meeting new souls from all over the world and treats people like family in no time. Although she’s very proud of her Bulgarian roots, Antwerp will always have a special place in her heart. With a passion for arts and music, Yvette is excited to show you the vibrant and colourful streets of this city with her little sausage dog and just have the absolute best time!

 

Sports: Jens Jonkers - sport@esnantwerp.org
Our sportsman organises the best and wildest sport activities for you.

Jens enjoyed his Erasmus experience in Prague in the summer semester in 2017. When he returned to Antwerp, he realised meeting and drinking with people from all around the world had become such a big part of his life, so he decided to join ESN. He is always up for a beer, a shot or just a nice conversation. He might come over as quite, maybe even shy at first glance, but be prepared when the beast comes out! Furthermore, he absolutely loves to either learn curse words or pick-up lines in foreign languages or to teach some Dutch ones. When he isn’t drinking or partying, he studies Communication Sciences at the Faculty of Social Sciences. He finished his bachelor last year, and will try to get his Master degree in Media Studies this year.

Being the responsible for all sports related activities, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Jens has always been very interested in sports. Football is his big passion. Talk with him about any team, player or game you’ve watched and chances are 90% he can at least say something about it. He would also be very delighted to take you to a football game of his favourite team Beerschot-Wilrijk, from which he is a season ticket holder. Through his function at ESN, he hopes to start his career as a coach, which (hopefully) will one day lead to Real Madrid, Barcelona or the Belgian national team. But the most important for him will always be the beers after the game, or as we call it ‘the third half’. 

 

Sports: Karolien de Keulenaer - sport@esnantwerp.org
Our sportswoman organises the best and wildest sport activities for you.

Social, friendly and fond of laughing, that’s how you can describe Karolien. She enjoys life to the fullest and is incredibly energetic. Karolien is more than ready to take on every challenge. That’s why, after an amazing experience in Puerto Rico, she is happy to take on a new one: being Sportswoman of ESN. She’ll make sure that everybody who is on Erasmus in Belgium will have the time of their life.

As a passionate skier, swimmer and volleyball player herself, Karolien loves sports. It is the best opportunity to get to know each other and to make new friends. If you ask her what the best thing is about sports, she’ll say: “Having a beer afterwards in the bar!” So you should definitely (always) listen to her wise words.

 

Media: Daisy van den Nieuwenhuizen - info@esnantwerp.org
Our media controls the ESN website, facebook and our mails. She also takes photos during the activities.

When Daisy was traveling Down Under she instantly knew that she loves to meet people from all over the world, be friends and get to know them, their stories and cultures. Daisy did not get the chance to go on Erasmus during her studies, but technically she is a foreign student herself right now (Dutchie present; YES!). For the second year, she’s studying Theatre- and Moviesciences in the beautiful Antwerp and since this is - if everything goes as it should go - her last year, she is determined to finish university with a BANG with all the people from ESN! Besides traveling, she loves to go to the theatre, movies, festivals , do some yoga and drink ‘Rosebier’ or ‘Liefmans’ with friends. Don’t know the drinks yet? It’s time to get to know them! Join Daisy and get some of these drinks together!

 

Media: Pieter Dedeurwaerder - info@esnantwerp.org
Our media controls the ESN website, facebook and our mails. He also takes photos during the activities.

Pieter hasn’t been on Erasmus, but he is living the Erasmus dream with all the international students in Antwerp. He’s a very social, energetic person and he loves to make new friends. Beside of being Vice-President, which gives him some responsibility and which he will do with all his heart, he is also Media. So you will see him a lot at all the Erasmus activities with his camera. So if you see him and his camera, strike a beautiful pose or ask for a nice selfie.. These photos will be an awesome memory of an awesome time in Antwerp!

 

Cantor: Joke Lemaire - cantor@esnantwerp.org
Our cantor is the biggest entertainer. She leads the songs at the ESN-cantus!

Joke is the most enthusiastic, social and sweet person ever. She also says what she thinks, so you immediately know what you get. Crazy and enthusiastic should do it for now.

When Joke graduated from high school, her life took a whole other turn when she decided to go study in Denmark in the small student city Kolding. ( yes indeed, Copenhagen Is not the only city in Denmark where you can go to!) There she studied “International business management-marketing” for a semester.

When she returned to Antwerp everything seemed back to normal, but she couldn’t and wouldn’t forget her amazing international experience. She wanted to relive this wonderful time abroad. Without a doubt, there is no better place to do that than to join ESN. So the second semester ESN Antwerp  welcomed  her in their group to heal her post-Erasmus Syndrome.

Last year she decided to join the awesome ESN Antwerp crew to make sure everybody will have an amazing time abroad, just as her. 

As a cantor, she will be leading our 'Cantus', on of the most famous and popular events of ESN Antwerp

 

Secretary-Mobility: Ann Van Hecke - secretary-mobility@esnantwerp.org

The secretary-mobility is our mutual agenda: she makes meeting reports, keeps track of our agenda,... she also covers any mobility related project like the Buddy System and Uni-Cycle.

Ann Van Hecke. You are going to get to know this kind of girl just once in your life. If you want some random laughs because of random stuff that happens randomly, then you would have to meet Ann. It’s not her that does stuff to make things happen. Stuff just happens to her. And she will laugh with the whole situation, making you laugh spontaneously along with her.

Her wanderlust and love for meeting new people from all around the world have brought her in touch with ESN. She has been a buddy to so many students already and has dedicated herself to making their Erasmus experience as unforgettable as possible. The friends and memories she has made through ESN and through her own Erasmus exchange in Spain have motivated her to give back.

You will meet a varied, gentle person who has in-depth knowledge about subjects that drive and inspire her. Passionate by spirit, she is able to pull you along with the ride and make you enjoy it. If she enters a room, you will immediately recognize her energy and personality. She is a bright and warm person that will talk with you, even though she lacks time or maybe even mood. Friendly at heart, she will do her best to make you feel good and as Secretary-Mobility she is here to make your Erasmus experience even better!