Erasmus Student Network
In 2008 ESN Potsdam joined the international student association ERASMUS Student Network (ESN). ESN is a non-profit international student organization. The mission of ESN is to represent international students, thus provide opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development under the principle of Students Helping Students. You can find ESN at over 502 colleges in over 38 countries (March 2016). All ESN members work on voluntary basis only.
The local sections of ESN help international students to get acquainted with the campus and the new culture and to get settled in in their new home town. To achieve these goals ESN organizes different cultural events like trips to other towns, languages partners and parties. This does not only help to integrate the international students but it also gives the German students the chance to make international experiences at their home university and to get motivated to go abroad themselves.
Currently there are 31 active sections in Germany (August 2016). ESN Germany (registered association) coordinates the cooperation of these sections, organizes regular meetings and helps when problems arise.
On the international level of ESN consists of the International Board and the secretariat in Brussels (Belgium). They advocate for the quality and quantity of mobility in the European Higher Education Area. Together with the international committees they spot obstacles and motivations for students to go abroad, try to detect solutions and advocate in Europe to ensure that detrimental factors are reduced and favorable components are increased.
Vision, mission and values of ESN
The enrichment of the society through international students
ESN is the key volunteer student organization in international higher education in Europe. We provide opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development under the principle of SHS - Students Helping Students.
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 an holistic view towards internationality).
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