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 it's 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.