EFPSA, the European Federation of Psychology Students’ Associations is a 23 year old, multicultural and colorful network of European psychology students’ associations, run on a voluntary basis by and for psychology students all over Europe.
Its mission is to represent the needs and interests of the European psychology students, to promote the scientific cooperation and cultural exchange between them and enhance their mobility. Its aim is to be a reliable and widely acknowledged representative of the European Psychology Students, including students themselves, psychologists, institutions, and professional organisations of national and European level. It now consists of 26 psychology students‘ organisations of 26 European countries. Through these member organisations EFPSA represents around 300’000 psychology students unified under one multicultural and colourful roof.
The member countries are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey.
Every active member country has a Member Representative (MR). Currently ALEP is represented by Catherine Richard. The role of the MRs is very important: They have to function as a link between their country’s psychology students and the Executive Board of EFPSA. During the General Assembly at the annual congress, Member Representatives vote on proposals and elect the Board of Management for the next mandate.
EFPSA offers a wide range of services to its psychology students, such as:
- Travel Network is the service which gives students the opportunity to travel all around Europe without accommodation costs. Psychology students offer each other to sleep for free at their homes and so they get the chance to meet young colleagues, their cities and universities in a relaxed way.
- The Study Abroad service aims to enhance the mobility of psychology students who are interested in studying psychology throughout Europe. The role of the service is to supply psychology students with sufficient, up to date information on how to go and study in more than 30 European countries, providing guidelines right from the first step of the studying abroad process.
- The Journal of European Psychology Students (JEPS) is the only peer-reviewed journal for psychology students in the world. You can publish your research articles which will be reviewed by experts from all over the world. In return you will receive a thorough international feedback. By publishing your work in JEPS you put your name on the map of science already before finishing your studies.
- The European Summer School (ESS) is a one week long, meeting point for more than thirty students, six Ph.Ds, and a group of invited speakers. Under a theme that changes each year, the ESS explores aspects of contemporary Psychological research, practice, and direction. Crucially for students, the summer school is a platform to begin work on conducting cross-cultural research in their fields of interest. The ESS has been organised annually since 2007; each year taking place in a new country, hosted by several of its own Psychology students.
- The annual EFPSA Congress, always organised by a different member country, fascinates and inspires about 250 psychology students from all over Europe every year again. With its agenda rich of various scientific contributions and opportunities for cultural and social exchange, the congress is the outstanding highlight of the EFPSA year. Every congress has a different topic, on which various lectures, workshops and poster presentations are held by professionals and above all students. Social events like the cultural evening where every participating country presents itself, excursions to places of interest or a traditional dinner from the host country enrich the agenda of this week and make it a truly unforgettable experience.