BEST Complementary Education Courses 2014

Dear CFES,

The Board of European Students of Technology (BEST) would like to invite students of CFES universities to apply to attend a BEST course as an observer. As an observer you’ll have the opportunity to meet Engineering students from all over Europe, to learn about a technical topic, to learn how complementary education courses are organised in BEST, to get to know a European city and to have fun.

List of Summer Courses Descriptions – here you will find a list with the available courses for the upcoming Summer season (there’s 53 this season, so the list is quite huge!).

Please note that all Engineering Students from a CFES member school are welcome to apply.

What happens at a course:

  • Courses cover a technical topic, however, a student from any engineering program is eligible to apply regardless of technical background
  • Courses are usually 1 – 2 weeks long with approximately 20 hours of technical instruction per week;
  • In addition to technical instruction, courses include sightseeing activities, experiencing the local culture and an international evening to share traditions from all over Europe

Responsibilities of a BEST Course observer usually include:

  • Volunteering as required to help course organizers with minor tasks related to the hospitality, social and cultural components of the course;
  • Participating in teambuilding activities and games with the course’s participants;
  • Attending lectures and experiencing the academic component of the course;
  • Sharing your experience at the BEST Course with CFES upon your return to Canada
  • Having a good time and bringing your Canadian spirit!

Application procedure:

  • Write a motivation letter indicating why you wish to attend the specific course;
  • Submit your motivation letter (in one email) to:
    • The course contact person (stated below) of the course you wish to apply to;
    • The Ambassador of BEST (ambassador@BEST.eu.org)
    • The CFES IEC Activity Manager (iec@cfes.ca)
    • Also include the tag “[Application]” in the e-mail subject line
  • The motivation letter should be submitted by 28th of March 2014 (you can expect replies a week or two after)

A good motivation letter:

  • Explains why you wish to attend the specific course (i.e. Why should the local organisers pick you?);
  • Tells the organizers about yourself (e.g. home city, University and program, hobbies, etc);
  • The letter not only describes your academic and leadership involvement but it gives the organizers a sense of your personality;
  • It should be concise (recommended length: 1 page);
  • The motivation letter should be targeted to a specific course (e.g. the same motivation letter should not be sent to a course in Paris and one in Copenhagen);
  • If possible, be creative! In some cases you will be sending motivation letters to courses with several applicants and your motivation letter will have to stand out. :

Fee

  • A participation fee, when collected, will not exceed 45€.
  • Meals, accommodation, and sightseeing activities are provided by the organizing city during the course;
  • You are responsible for arranging and financing your return travel to the host city.

If you have any general questions, contact us through ambassador@BEST.eu.org. Questions specific to the course can be addressed to the contact person listed for each Course (with ambassador@best.eu.org in cc). To learn more about BEST, visit our website www.BEST.eu.org.