European Community Study Association (ECSA) was founded in 1987 by the European integration studies Associations from member countries. The purpose of ECSA is:
- to promote higher level research and teaching on European Integration
- to promote cooperation between its member states, and to promote cooperation between different universities throughout Europe and the rest of the world
- to promote international programs of research, provide technical assistance, organize various conferences, all to stimulate academic cooperation in the study of the area of European integration
- to help spread the information on current university research and teaching activities related to European integration through publications and interactive networks such as the internet
Members of ECSA are associations in different countries (both from the EU Member States and from other parts of the world) which share the main objectives of ECSA. That means: associations from the university environment dealing with the goal to reinforce teaching and research on the European integration and having legal personality according to the laws of the single State. The General Assembly decides about membership upon proposal of the Board. Currently, the following Associations are ECSA members.