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: Jens Jonkers - president@esnantwerp.org
Our president is the one that keeps an eye on everything.

Salute your President! Jens enjoyed his Erasmus experience in Prague in the summer semester of 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. That’s why he decided to join ESN. He already achieved a master’s degree in media studies, but he couldn’t say goodbye to the student life yet and will try to get a second master in Organisation and Management this year. He is always up for a beer, a shot or just a nice conversation. He might come over as quiet, 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 you some Dutch ones.

But the one thing Jens is the most passionate about in his life is football. Talk with him about any team, player or a 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 (the one and only team in Antwerp!), from which he is a season ticket holder.

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

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!  

Local representative: Aagje Lemmens - finance@esnantwerp.org

Our treasurer ('Quaestor') has the control over all of our finances. She promised the ESN team that he will protect our money with his life. 

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.

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

"To fight her post-Erasmusdepression, Lize joined ESN this summer. She has done an Erasmus in Avignon, France for one semester and totally fell in love with the atmosphere between international students.

Lize studies Communication sciences at the university of Antwerp and will begin her master Media Sciences in September. 

She loves meeting new people and is always up for a good party or just a cosy evening. Lize can seem distant at first, however, once you start talking with her, the resting bitchface disappears. Although Lize is probably the worst dancer in town, for a dance and some (or more) beers, Lize is here!"

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

Federica is like a cocktail in a hot summer night in Spain. Half italian, bringing in the spirit, the emotion, and the madness flavour, and half belgian, with all its ancient party spirit in the mix. She went twice on Erasmus, (because the second time... is always better), and she enjoyed it so much that now she wants to give back all the joy she had during her time there. She graduated in languages studies, (can speak five of them, so look for her if noone understands you, go find her), and currently studies global management in Antwerp. She is a calm and positive person who likes always being there if anyone needs a helping hand. But don't mess with her or the italian side will come out quickly!

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

Ans will be the person you need if you're in for a cultural experience. With her degree in both English and theatre and film studies, Ans always knows what to read or watch. In her free time, her drawings allow her to escape in her own little world, whereas her guitar and piano bring her in complete harmony! If you're looking for sports though, she's only interested if it involves water.

Culture: Charlotte Vermeijen- culture@esnantwerp.org

Our culture person organises the best and wildest cultural activities for you.

Charlotte loves to travel and explore the world. She just had the time of her life in Ljubljana and hopes to live, work and study abroad again very soon. Because she missed being on Erasmus so much, she wanted to immerse herself in the Erasmus life in Antwerp and decided to join ESN.

Charlotte loves to read, binge-watch the best series on Netflix and go on trips around the country and Antwerp. She will make sure you find your way in Antwerp and can always tell where to go for good food and what to do when you need some culture.

Charlotte had just finished studying linguistics and literature for English and theatre-, film- and literature and next year she will start studying history. She is hard-working and considers the library her second home during exams. But she also knows how to relax, try her hand at all sorts of baking recipes and party like crazy!

Sports: Ynke Larivière - sport@esnantwerp.org
Our sportswoman organises the best and wildest sport activities for you.

Ynke went to Finland for her Erasmus and it was such an amazing experience that she wants others to get the same opportunity. By being part of ESN she hopes to achieve this.

At the moment she is studying a Master in Epidemiology, and hopes to make her last year of studying her best year as part of the ESN team.

Ynke is a very sweet, calm and kind person who is always up for a conversation but once she’s had a few drinks she is much more outgoing and up for a fun party. As one of the coaches of ESN she has participated in her fair share of sports. There won’t be many sports that she hasn’t tried. If you need a friend to go to the sport lessons provided by the university, she is your go to girl. And of course she is always up for a drink afterwards.

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

Jonas is an explorer and always wants to discover new things. It is thus not a suprise that his Erasmus in Venice was the best time of his life and because of that, he decided to join ESN to continue that experience.

Jonas is a student master in Chemistry and wants to combine his last year with ESN to make it the most unforgettable year ever. Studying is important, but a good party can’t be missed.

Together with Ynke, he will be responsible for the sport activities. Having the chance to express yourself in sports and to forget for a while about everything else, is what he wants to achieve for the students. And of course, after a good workout he is always in for a drink or two.

Media: Louis Maes - info@esnantwerp.org
Our media control the ESN website, facebook and our mails. They also takes photos during the activities.

Louis is a queen with a heart of gold and a great sense of humor. He is one of the most honest people I know and always ready to listen. He also loves to discuss the latest gossip. At a party you can find him on the dancefloor showing his dance moves. Buy him a cocktail or compliment his outfit and you will have his undivided attention. Besides from partying, Louis is an exemplary student Biochemistry-Biotechnology. This handsome globetrotter is never tired and always ready for a new adventure.

This year Louis will be Media. This role was made for him! Strike a pose when you see him with his camera and I’m sure you will have a perfect photo to post on Instagram. Don’t believe me? Check out Louis’ Instagram and see for yourself.

Media: Marie Fabri - info@esnantwerp.org
Our media control the ESN website, facebook and our mails. They also takes photos during the activities.

Marie is in charge of the ESN media. Together with Louis she will take your photograph at the amazing activities and keep you posted of what is happening in the best Erasmus city. She’s an enthusiastic girl who loves to laugh and get to know all of you. She is starting her master’s degree in journalism this year after her bachelor’s in applied linguistics. Talk to her in English, French, Spanish or of course Dutch and she’ll be happy to practice her languages. This is her first year in ESN Antwerp but she’s very excited about it. She had an amazing Erasmus experience in Granada, Spain, last year and hopes to make your stay at least just as great.

Public Relations: Tom Simmillon - publicrelations@esnantwerp.org

Our PR-expert keeps up the relations with our sponsors and supporters.

A man with the ambition to change the world. A student in Applied Economics, and member of a social profit consulting group looking to end up leading an international company after attending prestigious business schools. To offset all seriousness, Tom loves to make a fool of himself dancing without any concept of rhythm. Pretty sure his rain dances cause droughts.

A journey is measured in new friends rather than miles, he said while staring at his empty wallet. No, Tom has not yet been on Erasmus. Nevertheless, he loves to travel and learn from other cultures. Like Popeye has his spinach, Tom has tequila to get his party started. So up for a good talk, give it a shot! (It being Tom)

Together with Julie he’ll be responsible for providing you your kick-ass goodie bags at the start of your Erasmus experience and a ton of other gadgets, gizmos, reductions and other benefits.

Public Relations & Cantor: Julie Lebrun - publicrelations@esnantwerp.org & cantor@esnantwerp.org
Our PR-expert keeps up the relations with our sponsors and supporters.
Our cantor is the biggest entertainer. She leads the songs at the ESN-cantus!

‘’Travelling, it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.’’ A stupid quote found on the internet, but truly one that resonates with Julie. As someone who comes from a family that is very travel-minded, she has seen places in all corners of the world. Always down for an adventure, some culture or a party, that makes Julie a lot of fun to hang out with. Even though she hasn’t been on an Erasmus herself, her interest in other cultures and people easily make up for that.

Julie studies pharmacy at the university of Antwerp, now we finally have some science-representation in ESN Antwerp. These studies are not easy, but still she manages to find time during the week to go to the gym, work, and party of course. ‘’We can sleep when we’re old’’ is therefore one of her mantras, next to ‘’Carpe diem’’.

Passionate, sceptical, relaxed and dedicated in everything that she does. That’s Julie, therefore she is great to have around. Her concentration when studying will motivate you, yet her energy on the dancefloor will amaze you. Sure, she can be a little stubborn, but don’t doubt that she’ll be there when you need her, for hugs, laughs or shots.

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

Secretary-Mobility: Hanno Smets - 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.

Hanno is currently doing her master’s in business engineering and has enjoyed an amazing Erasmus experience in Bologna last year, so she is determined to continue this experience at ESN Antwerp. This year, Hanno and Jorn have teamed up to perform their magic using their Cupid’s bow and arrow matching incoming and local students in our Buddy program.

Hanno is always up for a couple of drinks, a laugh, an unforgettable party or bad impulsive decisions but she will also always be there when in need of a serious conversation, some good advice or a shoulder to cry on.

She makes the best cocktails in the city but be aware: she tries to limit the use of juice and soft drinks, as she firmly believes they only waste valuable space in your cup.

Secretary-Mobility: Jorn Van der Linden - secretary-mobility@esnantwerp.org

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

Jorn went together with Jens to Prague for Erasmus. This experience (and the begging of Jens) convinced him to join ESN. His mission next academic year will be to learn the incoming students that Belgium is more than chocolate, beer, fries and complicated political systems. Jorn is currently doing his master in sociology. But since this is not the most difficult study domain in the world, there is still plenty of time left to co-organise activities for ESN.

He's a relaxed guy who enjoys drinking beers and watching sport games (but in a less severe degree than Jens).

He will be the secretary-mobility, alongside Hanno. This means he will be responsible for the buddy-system. So, when you get a very nice buddy who will be a long-time friend, please think for a second to the person who matched you.