One of the largest projects carried out at the international level are science courses, organized by each BEST local group!
What are the BEST Courses?
The Science Course is a project during which students of technical universities from all over Europe have a unique opportunity to enrich their knowledge, get to know a foreign culture and integrate with your friends. Each course takes place at various European universities, as part of the activities of local BEST groups.
Each course also has its own subject and unique atmosphere For example, the themes of our last two courses were artificial inteligence oraz technologie kosmiczne.
During our course, lectures by our professors await you lectures conducted by our professors from local universities or representatives of companies who want to enrich your knowledge with technological innovations and practical technical solutions.
In addition to the educational part, you may also be interested in the leisure part of the event, during which you will have the opportunity to explore the city and participate in joint events, getting to know the spirit of our organization.
COVID-19 and transport related questions
The organising Local BEST Group will make sure every measure in their home country is fulfilled throughout the event.
As the event date approaches, after you get accepted, you can contact the organising Local BEST Group, and they will explain everything you need to know about the COVID-19 situation in their city. You can also follow the general pages, such as Re-open EU, that provide information on various measures in place, including on quarantine and testing requirements for travellers, the EU Digital COVID certificate, etc. This should help you plan your travel in Europe, while staying safe and healthy.
Nearing the start of the event, you should contact the organising Local BEST Group, and they will try to help you find a host or accommodation.
You can request an official invitation from the organising Local BEST Group.
The requirements will depend on the country you are visiting, and also the safety measures decided by the organising Local BEST Group. The organising Local BEST Group will provide you with the necessary information closer to the event.
By showing proof of the cancellation from the travel company, you will be able to get your deposit back. The attendance in the Event is not counted on your account.
You should warn the organising LBG. Each case will be discussed separately, but warning 1 month before the Course should be enough for you to get your deposit back. In this case, the Event will be counted in your account.
By showing proof of the restriction/cancellation, you will be able to get your deposit back. The attendance in the Event is not counted on your account.
The LBG should inform you of what your options are, try to stay tuned to the means of communication used between LBG and participants. If the Course is cancelled, you will be able to get your deposit back and the attendance in the Event will not be counted on your account.
Price of events
The organising Local BEST Group (LBG) is trying to get as much money as possible by co-operating with several organisations. The university is interested in hosting foreign students and in becoming more internationally minded. Companies wish to get access to European-minded students, which is done during the event by company presentations, guest lectures or company visits. In some countries, the student union also provides some financial aid.
The fee depends mainly on the situation in the Local BEST Group, how much support they get from university, student union, etc.
The maximum fee is 8 Euro per day (but no more than 88 Euro). Whether a student pays full or reduced fee depends on his country of studies as follows.
The organising LBG gets all the applications entered by the students and then will decide on regional aspects (they try to get people from all over Europe, so they in general won't take more than one student from each city/country), on your Motivation Letter (they have to read many of them, so try to be creative!), and maybe on your educational background (only if you need some previous knowledge for a specific event). The organisers also aim at having an equal number of male and female participants. If you don't know how to start your motivation letter, read our recommendations on how to write a motivation letter.
Yes! You can apply for every event, but it might not be reasonable in some cases. It is possible that one event requires some previous knowledge and if you don't have that you might not be taken. On the other hand, there might be beginner's level courses in the field of your study and then the course will get too boring!
You can apply for maximum three BEST Courses and three other (education, leisure) events per season. You can be accepted to at most one BEST Course per season (but any number of other events).
On the sub-pages containing details of specific courses there are buttons to apply:
You should prepare a motivation letter in advance. Once you have successfully submitted your application, you will be asked to verify your student status (this is essential as the courses are aimed at students only) and your level of English (don’t worry, it's nothing scary). Then just wait for the selection results.
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No! The courses are for everyone, both BEST members and non-members. As recommended, there will be a maximum of six people from BEST during the course.
Yes, you can contact the people responsible for promoting the courses:
Agnieszka Kwiatek (email@example.com) & Filip Sołtys (firstname.lastname@example.org)
What happens next?
You can find more information by reading the Never Alone Guide!
Well the BEST answer to that is to experience it... so go and apply now!
You can try again next seasons. There are four seasons for BEST Events: Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. You might also join BEST and go to internal BEST events.
After the final examination you will get a BEST Certificate to attest your participation and to describe the content of the course. The BEST Certificate has the University stamp and teacher's signature. It is up to your home University if they will get this course recognised by giving you credits.
What do the courses look like?
During the courses there are substantive activities led by experts in the field, integrations, trips, etc. You can check the schedule on the event schedule page of each course.
In addition, it is a great opportunity to make amazing friends and learn about the culture of the country!
Courses have a minimum duration of 7 days, including arrival and departure day. There is no upper limit.
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