Global Student Forum

We work to connect, inspire and empower students globally through solidarity, democracy, representation and the practice of radical change. 

Who we are

The Global Student Forum is the global union of school and university students. As the umbrella organisation of the world’s major representative, independent and democratic student unions, it defends the educational, cultural, economic and social interests of more than 200 million learners worldwide in the decision making spaces of the international community. It’s multi-level democratic governance structure spanning from the local to the international level, ensures legitimate representation of constituency interests and accountability of the organisation’s political leadership. 

Who we represent

The Global Student Forum was founded by the All-Africa Students Union (AASU), Commonwealth Students’ Association (CSA), European Students’ Union (ESU), Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU), Organización Continental Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Estudiantes (OCLAE), and many other national student organisations and movements. Through its membership it currently represents 202 student unions from 122 countries.

Why are we here?

The Global Student Forum is a platform for students and their movements to build networks and facilitate active solidarity through digital campaigns and on the ground action. 

Through cooperation, analysis and strategy it serves as a coordinator for targeted political action and advocacy efforts facilitated for and by students. 

What activities does the GSF facilitate?

We provide capacity building opportunities to our membership where they lack institutional resources, are weak or nascent. We furthermore organise training sessions and exchanges through which we can learn from each other and strengthen our work.

The overarching objective is to establish a culture that ensures the sustainable transfer of knowledge and preservation of organisational memory within the student movement, to bridge the gaps caused by a high turnover of activists and leaders.

Learn more about our upcoming events here. 

What are the political priorities of the organisation?

Our cooperation is based on a set of shared principles and values that guide the way we work and define the overall political direction.  In 2021, 2022 and 2023 we will focus on mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on our constituency while working on democracy, human rights and solidarity issues as well as equality, education for all, gender-, racial- and environmental justice.  

Learn more about our mission and values here! 

How does the governance structure of the GSF look like?

The political leadership of the GSF lies in the hands of the Steering Committee. It consists of 7 elected student representatives from the member organisations and movements working from all parts of the world.

The Steering Committee is supported by a Secretariat based in Brussels, Belgium.

How can I contact the GSF with a solidarity request?

We aim to amplify the struggles of student organisations and movements around the world, whether campaigns against rising costs for education, violence in and outside of our educational institutions or other forms of human rights infringements. 

Submit your solidarity request by contacting the Steering Committee via email under: 

How can my organisation apply for membership?

The membership of the Global Student Forum is open for student-led organisations of all kind and aims to encompass the diversity of unions and movements from all parts of the world.

Learn more about the membership criteria and application process here!

Latest news

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Policies and Statements

The Steering Committee ongoingly issues statements and policy papers as well as ad-hoc reactions to developments within formal and informal international decision making spaces. 

Press Releases

Policy Papers



Mission and Values

Our cooperation is guided by a shared set of values. They direct our actions and define the mission and vision of the organisation.


We ongoingly host conferences, seminars and congresses. Join our next event!


We currently represent 202 student organisations and movements from 122 countries. 


Our team is as diverse as our membership and works from all parts of the world.

About GSF

Join our global community

We are united by the beliefs that democratic, representative and independent student movements are essential and that they should be able to operate without repression. We are fighting for free, public, accountable education that guarantees equal opportunity for everyone without discrimination. 

We campaign against segregation and defend the rights of the marginalised. We are against war as a means of resolving conflict and are using solidarity as a way to build peace; and we stand for the human rights of the displaced, migrants and people forced to live under occupation.

As ecologists, we are fighting the destruction of the planet and working towards a safe and dignified life for our species in the future. As feminists, we are fighting for political, economic, personal, and social equality. We stand together because we recognise the interconnectedness of our struggles.

Featured Publications

Bologna with Students Eyes 2020

Bologna with Student Eyes is the European Students Unions reality-check of what has been agreed upon by national governments within the Bologna Process and what the actual situation is for students. 

Demands on Refugee and Migrants' Education

Student representatives from all over the world came together for the “Global Student Voices: education and migration” forum. We developed these demands to address the challenges of access to quality education, legislation, living conditions and building solidarity and cohesion. 

A Fair Share for Children: Preventing the loss of a generation to COVID-19

With the input of the 100 Million youth activists, Laureates and Leaders for Children published an emergency report to prevent a child rights disaster occurring as a result of the global pandemic.

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