Vision, Mission and Values of ESN


Approved at AGM 2009 in Utrecht.

“Enrichment of society through international students.”


Approved at AGM 2009 in Utrecht.

« ESN is the key volunteer student organisation in international higher education in Europe. We provide opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development under the principle of SHS – Students Helping Students. »


Approved at AGM 2009 in Utrecht.

The values of Erasmus Student Network that all members stand and work for are:

  • unity in diversity, diversity in the unity
    We all have different backgrounds, but share one common aim and goal.
  • students helping students
    We passionately commit ourselves to volunteering for the benefits of others
  •  fun in friendship and respect. We enjoy relations based on respect.
  • international dimension of the life
    We are open-minded, mobile, like to discover and explore, to co-operate and to interact to break borders
  • love for Europe as an area of peace and cultural exchange
    We live and benefit from the cultural richness of Europe to the utmost.
  • openness with tolerance
    We understand and accept others and learn from them
  • cooperation in the integration
    We share a holistic view towards internationality.

    All these features are included in the vision, mission and Corporate Design of ESN, developed by Koeweiden Postma in the period from January to March 2006.



Approved at AGM 2009 in Utrecht.

The nine principles of ESN:

  • ESN works in the interest of international students.
  • ESN works to improve the social and practical integration of international students.
  • ESN represents the needs and rights of international students on the local, national and international level.
  • ESN provides relevant information about mobility programmes.
  • ESN motivates students to study abroad.
  • ESN works with the reintegration of homecoming students.
  • ESN contributes to the improvement of different mobility programmes.
  • ESN cares about its members.
  • ESN values volunteering and active citizenship.

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