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!
- 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 ([email protected])
- The CFES IEC Activity Manager ([email protected])
- 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. :)
- 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 [email protected]. Questions specific to the course can be addressed to the contact person listed for each Course (with [email protected] in cc). To learn more about BEST, visit our website www.BEST.eu.org.