In the year 1994 ESN Zurich was founded as the first Swiss section of ESN with two equivalent sections (Uni Zurich and ETH Zurich). For a long time these two sections were the only one in Switzerland.
In October 2000 students at the University of Lausanne and at the University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur decided to do likewise and created each an ESN section.
Due to the rise in the number of sections, thus the necessity for a national co-ordination and on 24 August 2001 in Zurich the national platform ESN Switzerland was founded.
Since August 2001 the contact among the sections, potential sections and other interested people increased substantially. Closer co-operation and support lead to a rise in the quality of the services offered on a local, national and international level.
In January 2003 ESN CH and éCHange, an association to promote inner Switzerland students exchange at Universities of Applied Sciences, merged. Thereby ESN CH increased its number of sections by three and got in charge of exchange students at Universities of Applied Sciences.
Also in 2003 ESN CH reached to establish important contacts with other organisations (VSS-UNES, S-O-L) and got a new sponsor, the Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology (OPET).
ESN Switzerland became a widely recognised Student organisation.
At local level, sections are closely working together with the university's International Offices. At national level, ESN Switzerland takes part in VSS-UNES and GrAcE meetings.
In 2007 yallo became ESN Switzerland's mobile phone partner. Since then ESN Switzerland has been providing yallo SIM cards for free to all interested incoming students at their local levels.
- In January 2008 ESN Switzerland published the first edition of their Exchange Brochure.
In the same month, ESN Switzerland and S-O-L signed a cooperation contract: all people doing an Internship in the French speaking part of Switzerland could participate in the activities of ESN.
Also in 2008 the Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology (OPET) did their last financial contribution to ESN Switzerland. The State Secretariat for Education and Research (SER) remained partner.
In January 2009 the second edition of the Exchange Brochure was published. Not only exchange students with an ESN section could profit from that booklet but also exchange students at other universities.
Also in 2009 ESN Switzerland and StudEx signed a cooperation contract: all people doing an Internship in the German speaking part of Switzerland could participate in the activities of ESN.
In January 2010 the third edition of the Exchange Brochure was published. The booklet was already widely known around the Swiss universities and universities of applied sciences. ESN Portugal also produced a booklet, based on the Swiss edition.
Later in 2010 ESN Chur was welcomed as 14th Swiss Section. In the same year ESN Sion leaved the network. Therefore ESN Switzerland still counts 13 members.
Because of Switzerland’s full membership in the European Union "Live Long Learning Programme" in 2011, the Swiss structure has been adapted to the European one. Therefore the State Secretariat for Education and Research (SER) did their last financial contribution in 2010.
In January 2011 the fourth edition of the Exchange Brochure was published and distributed to all interested bodies around Switzerland. Also in January 2011 the National Agency became in charge of the Exchange Programme for students as well as for Internships. ESN Switzerland has been standing in contact with them.
In January 2012 the fifth edition of the Exchange Brochure was published and distributed to all interested bodies around Switzerland.
ESN Lugano became part of the ES Network in 2012.
In January 2013 the sixth edition of the Exchange Brochure was published and distributed to all interested bodies around Switzerland. All Exchange Brochures are now also stored at the Swiss National Library.
Also in January 2013 the new Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) was established. Therefore the former State Secretariat for Education and Research (SER) and the former Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology (OPET) are now combined in the new built up State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).