Bringing the United Kingdom closer to Europe since 2013
Who we are
We're the local branch of AEGEE in London. We were born in 2013 and since then we've strove to run a local group of pro-European enthusiastic students and workers who enjoy spending time together.
AEGEE stands for Association des États Généraux des Étudiants de l'Europe and it is known as European Students' Forum in English. It is the largest trans-national, interdisciplinary student organisation in Europe. Established in 1985, AEGEE currently has around 13,000 members and more than 200 local branches (antennae) in university cities across Europe, including Russia, Turkey and the Caucasus, with a European board and head office in Brussels.
AEGEE strives for a democratic, diverse and borderless Europe, which is socially, economically and politically integrated, and values the participation of young people in its construction and development. AEGEE is a secular, non-profit organization, not linked to any political party. All projects and activities are based on voluntarily work of its members. AEGEE empowers students and young people in Europe to take an active role in society by influencing political decision makers, and it creates a space for dialogue and learning opportunities.
AEGEE organises a wide range of projects which can be categorized in the following way:
AEGEE creates a space for members of different backgrounds to meet and learn about cultural differences, in order to foster mutual understanding. AEGEE supports mobility and encourages young people to cross borders and make new friends, to break stereotypes and strengthen tolerance, respect and solidarity.
Personal Development and Non Formal Education
AEGEE provides learning opportunities for the development of its members through non-formal education and informal learning. By participating in trainings courses, workshops, and active involvement in the organisation, our members improve their competences (such as leadership skills, communication skills and team management) which are inmensely useful for their future lives.
Thematic projects, either local or international, are initiatives developed by members of AEGEE. They deal with current challenges in the European society, create awareness among young people and propose solutions from a student point of view. The outcome of this work has an impact in- and outside of AEGEE.
Advocacy and Policy
AEGEE gathers the opinions of European students and represents these to stakeholders through campaigns, lobby actions, conferences and its membership in bigger advocacy platforms. In addition, AEGEE informs students and young people about the impact European policies have in their lives and opportunities they offer.
Forum for Discussion
AEGEE provides a space for young Europeans to discuss and exchange different points of view with a European perspective. This exchange of ideas occurs in all our activities but special importance is given to them in our Working Groups, conferences and General Assemblies (EPM and Agora).
Come and enjoy some time with us! The best way to get initiated to AEGEE is just by attending some of our social drinks we organise in London. Once you feel comfortable you can apply to many amazing events all around Europe.
Participants of the 4 seasons, 3 reasons, 2 countries, 1 story! TSU in Romania and Moldova pose for a funny picture in Brasov. More pictures.
Activities in London
AEGEE-London is the perfect place if what you want is to know students and young workers who enjoy the incredible city of London and share the common belief of a united and open Europe. Our main activities are social drinks, day trips to places around London and exchanges with other antennae. This city has a high density of classy and old English pubs where a pint of beer or cider can be afforded even by the most tight millennial budgets.
Our social drinks include pub crawls, gathering for the Eurovision Song Contest, informative drinks to explain what are Summer Universities or university lectures at University College London. On our day trips we have been to Kew Gardens, Epping Forest, Brighton, Canterbury, Birmingham, and many other places.
Activities around Europe
International events are the heart of AEGEE’s activities. Our Identity reflects five different means: Intercultural exchange, personal development and non-formal education, thematic projects, policy and advocacy and forum for discussion. During conferences, exchanges, trainings and many other events, students have the opportunity to meet and to exchange their opinions, ideas, and impressions on various topics. These events are organised by AEGEE locals, Working Groups, or projects, often based on a cooperation among these bodies.
For a full list of events check this list. This Facebook page also regularly share events organised by antennae. Remember that in order to apply to European events you need to be member of some AEGEE antenna.
The Summer University is an event that takes place during summer between one and four weeks in most of the cities that 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 20 to 50 young Europeans from all over Europe come together in each Summer University to taste the diversity of multiculturalism.
In a Summer University you will be given the chance to taste different food, to listen to different music, to dance with that music and at the end love it, to be good friends with people from different countries and then arranging trips together, you will learn to say "hi" in another 20 languages, you will feel free, you will love, you will experience, you will learn new things, you will do things you hadn't imagined… You will feel the AEGEE spirit, you will feel what is a SU!
How long: 2 weeks.
When it happens: end of June-beginning of September.
When to apply: March-April.
How much: 150-250€.
The Agora is the General Assembly of the association, held twice a year, in spring and in autumn, gathering 600-1000 students for four days. It is one of the most important events in AEGEE. Apart from being the venue where the board of directors of the organisation, the Comité Directeur (CD) are elected every spring, it is also a life-changing experience for the participants, the young Europeans who are gathering in one place to build the future of the organisation and together.
The main discussions and decisions take place during the plenary meetings. The participants of the Agora also join workshops, prytania (to discuss changes to the statutes of the organisation), progress meetings about ongoing projects, and other programmes.
How long: 5 days.
When it happens: May and October.
When to apply: February-March and July-August.
How much: 50-60€.
European Planning Meetings
The European Planning Meeting (EPM) gathers together around 300 experienced AEGEE members in order to draft the Action Agenda for the upcoming year and to discuss a thematic part that is voted during the previous Autumn Agora.
Besides working on the preparation of AEGEE’s Action Agenda, participants take part in workshops, panel discussions and round table discussions related to the general topic chosen for the event.
How long: 5 days.
When it happens: February.
When to apply: November-December.
How much: 40-50€.
A Network Meeting (abbreviated as NWM, Network Winter Meeting) helps to create contacts and start cooperation between AEGEE locals situated nearby each other. They're organised by a member of the Network Commission in co-operation with an AEGEE local.
They are the opportunity to discuss common activities and share experiences, but also learn more about European projects and discuss general AEGEE matters. New AEGEE members can learn about youth work from experienced AEGEE members. It's also an ideal possibility for AEGEE members to discuss common problems and develop a cooperation for organising future events.
During a NWM several types of activities are conducted: workshops on project management, public relations, fund raising, presentation skills, NGOs, the European level of AEGEE, making movies, presentations of past and upcoming projects in the Network, discussions concerning current youth issues, youth unemployment, students’ mobility, etc.
Check this list to find out more about the upcoming events.
Non-formal education is an integral part of AEGEE. Many AEGEE’s training events are organised by the Academy often in cooperation with other AEGEE bodies who are experts in certain fields such as committees of project teams. These training events are called European Schools. The events focus on a certain theme or topic, for example including Project Management, Public Relations, Fund Raising, and others.
Antennae can also organise training events. They are called LTCs (Local Training Courses) and RTCs (Regional Training Courses).
During these events, participants get a chance to understand the workings of NGOs operate, at the same time developing their skills. Diverse training methods, which include lectures, workshops and case work, create the perfect environment for fast knowledge absorption among the trainees.
Aegeeans love to gather toguether just for the sake of fun and friendship! Any excuse is good for party and for that many events all around Europe are organised just to spend time in good company.
Anniversaries of the organisation or antennae are a common reason to plan an European event. It's always a source of joy and celebration to remember the origins of AEGEE, to not forget our values and to make possible to celebrate more anniversaries in the future. Some recent anniversaries were the 30th Anniversary of AEGEE, the 29th Anniversary of AEGEE-Berlin or the 25th Anniversary of AEGEE-Praha.
New Year's Eves are also great events organised all around Europe by many antennae. Have crazy party with champagne and mulled wine at the same time you visit European cities -often covered in snow- with beautiful Christmas markets and delicious winter foods. This was the list of 2016 NYE events.
All AEGEE meetings and rest of events are listed here.
The board is the people in the antenna that on their free time take on the tasks needed to run the organisation and keep it alive. These tasks are replying to messages, fill reports, create promotional material and organise events. At the moment our board is composed of three people: the president, the treasurer and the secretary.
TreasurerMember of AEGEE-London since April 2013 and treasurer since April 2016. His ability to count up to 8 without the help of fingers made him the perfect candidate for this position. His IT knowledge also helped to avoid using Comic Sans on our webpage.
PresidentOn September 2015 he decided to step up as AEGEE-London president to convey us his expertise on Italian cuisine, priceless skills when organising European Nights.
SecretaryMember of AEGEE-London since July 2013 and secretary since November 2016. His gentle manners and superb patient are of a paramount importance when we have to reply the same questions message after message.
Become member of the board
Being member of the board means to devote a bit of your free time to help to run our lovely antenna. We know that you're bussy studing or working full-time. We'll provide you with information and help in your role at the board. Knowledge transfer is a very important step for the right working of the antenna.
In order to become member of the board:
- You need to know what is AEGEE. You need to have been member of some AEGEE antenna previously for at least 6 months.
- You want and have the time to be commited to AEGEE-London and make sure you carry out the tasks assigned to your board position.
- Some board position must be vacant.
You don't need to be member of the board to put your two cents. If you don't want to be so commited yet want to help, by just having friends or contacts which would be happy to become member of AEGEE-London and you let them know about our local events, that would be a very good way to contribute.
This document is the contract between AEGEE and the London antenna which contains ten articles that must be followed by both parts and that establishes the official birth of the London antenna. Eszter Bangó (first antenna's president, the blond girl behind the lectern) and Maarten Veldmans (one of the founders, on the pic holding the microphone) attended the Agora in Mannheim, Germany, to sign the Convention.
Previous AEGEE-London foundations
2013 wasn't the first time AEGEE-London was founded. The first time that AEGEE-London was really born was in 1986! (just one year after AEGEE foundation). It existed to at least 1990. However, afterwars, it died. Before 2013 it was again refunded, but we don't know exactly when.
During the 3rd Comité Directeur board (November 1986 to November 1987), Andrew Oldland, from our antenna, was Treasurer at the CD.
AEGEE is made of incredibly motivated young people like you who strive for what you believe in. The dream of an Europe without borders continues to inspire generations of students, and you can be part of this changing-life project.
Enjoy all local and European events, and if you want get involved in the organisation of them. By becoming member of AEGEE-London you can:
- Apply and participate in European events including Summer Universities, Agoras, EPMs and rest of European events.
- Participate in exchanges we make with other antennae.
- As you get experience within the antenna you can stand for some position on the board.
- Receive newsletters of all activities organized by AEGEE-London and other AEGEE antennae.
To successfully become member of AEGEE-London you just have to:
- Register on the AEGEE website. Remember to select London as your antenna. If you have never gone to university, on the University field put a hyphen (-).
- Pay the annual membership fee of £15. You can pay by bank transfer or PayPal. We don't accept cash. Remember to add your name and surname as reference:
By bank transfer
Account holder: AEGEE-London
Sort code: 20-10-53
Account number: 50953512
Account holder: AEGEE-London
IBAN: GB89 BARC 2010 5350 9535 12
That's all. As soon as we receive the payment we'll activate your membership and you'll start to receive all the news from AEGEE and our antenna.
Bank transfers take 1-2 days. PayPal payment is instantaneous. If you're member of other antenna we cannot switch your local and you'll have to register with AEGEE-London as well.
Many doubts must be dwelling in your head. These answers will help you to make your mind and hopefully reassure your conviction of becoming member of AEGEE-London. For any other doubt contact us!
You need to be 18-35 years old to join us and have the right to apply for European events. However if you’re 17-40 you can also join us and attend local events we organise in London. If you’re 17 years old and you want to apply to a Summer University, you can join us and attend the SU as long as you’re 18 when the SU is happening. Allowed local age ranges vary between antennae. For AEGEE-London is 17-40 but it could be different for other antennae.Do I need to be university student to join AEGEE-London?
No, you don’t need to be current or former university student to join us. AEGEE-London has no qualification requirements. Nevertheless, for your information we tell you that at AEGEE-London most of us are former university students and current workers. On other antennae around Europe the most common type of member is university student.Can I join AEGEE-London even if I don't live in London or I cannot attend any event?
Yes, you can. It doesn't matter where you live or whether you join us just for the European events. You're more than welcome!What have to do Summer Universities with real universities?
Nothing. It's just a somewhat misleading name for a two-week summer camp for adults full of cultural activities like travelling, languages, workshops, cooking and, of course, party. You don't need to be university student to attend a Summer University.When do you organise the next event or gather together?
All the activities we do, whether they are social drinks, day trips or exchanges are published on our AEGEE-London Facebook page. We also share the event on the AEGEE-London Activities Facebook group. So the best thing you can do to not miss any event is to join that group. You’ll receive a notification every time we create a new event.I’m from another antenna and I’m coming to London soon. Could you arrange any lodging for me?
AEGEE-London is a small antenna. Unlike other antennae around Europe which may offer some help for visiting aegeeans we don’t have deals or aggreaments with hostels or university dormitories. You can send us a message to ask whether we could host you temporarily.I’m from another antenna and I’m coming to London soon. Would you like to meet and have some drinks with me?Which social networks do you use?
Previously we used Twitter, Google+ and Flickr but these all accounts are now closed or outdated. At the moment we only use Facebook.Is AEGEE-London an NGO?
Yes, AEGEE-London and all antennae around Europe are non-profit and non-governmental organizations. Specifically, under English law we're constituted as an unincorporated association (more on Wikipedia). More simply, we're a student organisation (most of us are or have been students). However you don't need to be student to join us.Do you have physical offices?
No, we haven’t got any space to be our headquarters. Every time the board meets we do it in a pub, as good British habits dictate. What a better way to hold sessions and take tough decisions than by drinking a pint of beer.Are you present at some London university?
When we were funded in early 2013 we had some board members studying at University of Hull and LSE, and we got support from some of their teachers [1, 2]. But at the moment -2017- we are NOT present at any London university.
Then, how is possible that a student organisation has no presence on the place where it should exist? AEGEE isn’t exclusively a student organisation. It also accepts students that have finished studies and have become workers (it even accepts members with no university education at all).
At AEGEE-London we're mostly university students that have become workers, though it would be nice if we'd have more students like you among our members. You won’t find any AEGEE leaflet or poster at your faculty but you and your friends are very welcome to join us! You’ll enjoy our activities with people from all around Europe.
At the moment our only source of income are members fee. So far we haven't organised any fundraising events like parties or trips. We don’t have either sponsorship agreements with companies or universities. The activities we organise require the member to pay his/her own expenses (mainly train and club tickets, and food and drinks). We hope that in the future this will change and we will be able to organise fundraising events.
For doubts or anything you want to tell us send us a Facebook message. Usually we reply within two days. But first visit the FAQ section. Probably your question will be already answered there.
AEGEE-London Activities Facebook group
This group is the place where we discuss and post all the activities we organise. You can also use this group to meet with other aegeeans in London or to ask for someone to host you if you're coming to London. Join this group and you'll receive a notification every time we post an event or someone leave a message.