What is AIESEC?

AIESEC was founded in 1948 in 7 countries in Europe. Now, more than 68 years later, we are present in over 124 countries and territories and still growing.
  • 1,000,000+
  • Alumni Worldwide
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  • 2,400+
  • Universities Represented
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  • 120+
  • Countries & Territories

Our vision

It is every young person’s responsibility to take a positive role shaping the future of our planet, and we believe that every young person deserves the chance, and tools, to fulfill their potential.We provide young people with self-driven, practical, global experiences. We enable them to see the world, make a real difference and discover what truly matters to them - all while creating a positive social impact.


Why we do it Our belief is that sustainable, informed and globally-minded leadership can help us solve many of today’s challenges. Our global platform enables young people with opportunities to grow in confidence, gain experience and can perhaps fail but learn fast. By doing so, they can learn more about themselves and the world around them - and just how much their actions can change the environment they live in.

AIESEC is a global platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. We are a non-political, independent, not-for-profit organisation run by students and recent graduates of institutions of higher education. Its members are interested in world issues, leadership and management. AIESEC does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national / social origin.

Since we were founded, we have engaged and developed over 1,000,000 young people who have been through an AIESEC experience. The impact of our organisation can be seen through our alumni who represent business, NGO and world leaders, including one Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Martti Atisaari of Finland.

AIESEC (pronounced eye-sek) was originally an acronym for Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales. AIESEC is no longer used as an acronym but simply as the name of the organisation.

Members of AIESEC are known as “AIESECers.”

We are a global network of young leaders under the age of 30 who strive to better themselves and the communities around them. We are passionate about world issues, leadership development, cultural understanding and experiential learning.

The organisation spans 126 countries and territories and every aspect of AIESEC’s operations are managed by students and recent graduates.

We have operated in this way since our inception, making us uniquely “by young people, for young people”, for over 65 years. The global leadership teams are elected by the membership annually.

AIESEC does not have a pre-defined or officially accepted political tendency or subscription.

AIESEC is not a subsidiary or dependent entity of any other bodies in its work, sustainability or decisions.

We are in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), affiliated with the UN DPI, member of ICMYO, and is recognised by UNESCO.

AIESEC was founded in 1948 in 7 countries in Europe by Jean Choplin (France), Bengt Sjøstrand (Sweden), and Dr. Albert Kaltenthaler (Germany). Over 65 years later we are present in 126 countries and territories.

Our Values

Striving For Excellence

We aim to deliver the highest quality performance in everything we do. Through creativity and innovation we seek to continuously improve.

Demonstrating Integrity

We are consistent and transparent in our decisions and actions. We fulfill our commitments and conduct ourselves in a way that is true to our vision.

Activating Leadership

We lead by example and inspire leadership through action and results, taking full responsibility for developing others.

Acting Sustainably

We act in a way that is sustainable for our organisation and society. Our decisions take into account the needs of future generations.

Enjoying Participation

We create dynamic and welcoming environments which stimulate active and enthusiastic participation by our members.

Living Diversity

We seek to learn from the different ways of life and opinions represented in our multicultural environment. We respect and actively encourage the contribution of every individual.

Our Story

  1. 1948

    AIESEC is  officially founded after WWII with the mission “to expand the understanding of a nation by expanding the understanding of the individuals, changing the world one person at a time.”

  2. 1955

    AIESEC expands into the Middle East region – this was the first non-European presence in AIESEC. This year AIESEC passed 1,000 international exchange experiences for the first time.

  3. 1964

    AIESEC in Australia is founded by students at the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney, and the University of Melbourne. AIESEC’s supporter base reaches fever pitch as Pope Paul VI welcomes AIESEC’s global leadership teams to international congress 1964 in Rome, Italy.

  4. 1977

    AIESEC has full member committees in 50 countries across 6 continents.

  5. 1984

    AIESEC achieves 5,000 exchanges within 1 calendar year.

  6. 1989

    The global network is united with a new mission statement: What we Envision: “peace and fulfillment of humankind’s potential.”

  7. 2011

    Over 18,000 international exchanges were delivered by 60,000 in 110 countries and territories.

  8. 2015

    AIESEC plays a contributing role in determining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We Are A Youth
Leadership Movement

We proudly count a Nobel Peace Price laureate, and numerous world, business and NGO leaders amongst our one million strong alumni community across the world. To date, we've delivered over 480,000 internship and volunteering experiences, and it's all been led by young leaders who believe in making the world a better place.
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