Information What we do

In addition to the diversity of local events, BEST seasonally organizes short courses throughout Europe. Looking for an opportunity to visit the European city of your dreams? BEST has 33 member countries, 95 Local BEST Groups and thousands of students who, like you, have their sights set on Europe. The 4 seasons accompany the 4 opportunities, per year, that you have to live this experience. All courses have an academic component, but also recreational activities that allow you to meet and interact with different cultures. Regarding costs, your participation involves the payment of a fee (variable, with a maximum value of €55) which guarantees your accommodation, meals and transportation during the realization of events.



The full list of courses being done all around Europe!

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Sign up How to

Step 1:

Find a course of your interest (or a maximum of three)

Step 2:

Create a profile on BEST website (

Step 3:

Fill in the application on the BEST website and REMEMBER, while writing your application, be creative (there’s no need to be overly formal)!

Step 4:

Fill in a form in Season courses at BEST Lisbon’s website and send the form to your Local BEST Group ( to ensure the validation of your account!

Step 5:

Wait for the outcome of your application: regardless of the result, an email will be sent to inform you of the result.

Step 6:

After the selection, you must pay a fee up to 55€ for the course to the host LBG (food and accommodation expenses are covered) as well as a deposit that will be delivered to you after the evaluation of the course.

Feel free to contact us if you have any doubts!


Here you can find some frequently asked questions.

A: BEST Courses are events designed to provide complementary education to students from different nationalities and backgrounds. Each course takes in approximately 20 students in a one-to-two-week event with all the expenses included and it provides them with the opportunity to learn a curriculum from a professor at a foreign university. This curriculum will feature different activities which can be lectures, laboratories and workshops among others and which depend on the nature of the event. On the other hand, a BEST Symposium on Education is an event designed to allow students, from different nationalities and backgrounds, to have relevant contributions to the development of education. Each event provides approximately 20 students with the opportunity to discuss higher educational matters during a week-long event.
A: These events are designed for engineering and technology students. Here you can find a detailed list of the study fields we accept students from.
A: You can apply to up to three courses during any given season. Concurrently you can also apply to a maximum of three BEST Symposia on Education that might also be happening in that season. Note, however, that you can only be accepted to 1 event per season.
A: You can participate in one course per season and up to a maximum of 3 courses in total. Note, however, that you can participate in a maximum of 2 courses during Summer seasons and a maximum of 2 BEST Symposia on Education.
A: Yes. You should contact the Local BEST Group of the university where you are currently studying to validate your account. If currently you are not studying at a university that is inside BEST’s network you can still apply as long as your sending university is a part of it.To do so, you should instead contact the Local BEST Group of your original university. If you had a BEST account before going on Erasmus and now you will study in another university also part of BEST network, remember to contact Helpdesk in order to change the university in your profile so your new university can validate your account.
A: Yes. Note, however, that your application will be visible only if your account is validated before the validation deadline which occurs 3 days after the applications deadline.
A: The organising LBG gets all the applications submitted by the students and then will decide on regional aspects (it’s tried to have the most diverse group of people possible, so in general won’t take more than one student from each city/country) and on your Motivation Letter (they have to read many of them, so try to be creative and concise!). The organisers also aim at having equal distribution of genders.
A: Yes, you’ll receive an email with all the information.
A: You will only be accepted in one BEST Course/BEST Symposium on Education and, after you are selected, there’s nothing we can do. So make sure to choose wisely your order of preference in your applications.
A: You’ll have to pay a fee. The maximum fee is 5 Euro per day (but no more than 55 Euro). Whether a student pays full or reduced fee depends on the country of studies.
A: There is no fee for attending a BEST Symposium on Education.
A: The fee covers accommodation, meals (three times per day, at least one meal is hot), transportation during the event and the academic and cultural activities on the schedule of the event.
A: The organising Local BEST Group will contact you about your health conditions, diets and allergies. Make sure you inform them in advance regarding this matter.
A: Yes, contact the organisers of the event you are attending as soon as possible. They will provide you with an invitation letter. Contact your local visa center to get more information.
A: No. BEST doesn’t provide any kind of acknowledgment.
A: After the final examination, you will get a BEST Certificate to attest your participation and to describe the content of the event. The BEST Certificate has the University stamp and the signature of the responsible for the academical part. It is up to your home University if they will get this course recognised by giving you credits.
A: In case you are facing a problem that prevents you from participating in some days of the event, you should contact the organizing Local BEST group as soon as possible and explain your situation.In events with an academic component, participants have to be on time at the start of all academic sessions and attend all the academic part of the event. Breaking this rule may lead to not getting your deposit back and/or not getting the academic certificate, with which you can claim ECTS credits.
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