ESN Ural Federal is one of three Russian local sections of ESN, which is a European student organization with more than 13 500 active members in 37 countries. The members are supported by so called buddies mainly taking care of international students, so it involves around 29 000 young people.

The mission of ESN is to help international students. It works upon the principle of SHS, Students Helping Students, mainly on a volunteer basis. ESN also works on international experience exchange.