Location: Madrid, Spain

“BEST courses were the most amazing experiences of last summer.

My first BEST course took place in Madrid. I got to meet many fascinating people, discover how beautiful and riveting Spain is, participate in a parade, and learn the basics of Quantum Computing at one of their best technical universities. Sometimes, I liked to joke that I left my heart in Spain.

So no wonder my next destination was Spain as well, only this time Barcelona. Although I expected a similar experience to the one in Madrid, it proved to be a completely different one, the main difference being brought by the Catalan culture. I admired how much pride people take in their country and history and I was surprised by the similarities with the Romanian culture.

Although different, both courses had something in common: they brought many new amazing friendships into my life from all over Europe. I have been reunited with many of my course friends since and we’re currently planning some new reunions.

There are not many chances to visit Europe with little to no money. Take the chance, apply for the courses and I promise it will be one of the most amazing experiences of your life.”

Alexandra Sicobean

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia

“How was my experience in Ljubljana? It’s hard to put into words how much I enjoyed it. I got to know a brand new culture for me and got in love with it. Slovenia was a blessing and I am thankful for the people I met there. It was a two week adventure, full of both fun and work, lots of laughter, but also tears when it came to the end. I would repeat it over and over again and I can’t wait to apply to a BEST course this summer too because I know I have many many more things to discover. We have a whole world to explore so why wouldn’t we start right now?’’

Maria Cucu

Location: Delft, Netherlands

“Embarking on the BEST Course in Delft, The Netherlands was a defining moment in my student experience.  You meet new people and you get to live with them for a short period of time, and before you know it, you make some invaluable friends from across the world. The opportunity to immerse myself in a new learning environment was extraordinary.”

Diana Haba

Location: Milan, Italy

‘’I didn’t fully understand the hype surrounding BEST Courses until I went on one myself. Last year’s summer, I saw a course on quantum materials in Milan and I instantly applied for it. It has definitely been one of the best decisions of my life. In those 10 days I spent in Milan, I learned a lot about quantum mechanics and its applications from some of the best professors in the world. It was an incredible experience especially since I wouldn’t normally have had this topic explained to me in the subject I study at University. And it was actually way more than just about learning. I learned about the Italian culture from the organizers, I visited some very beautiful cities in Italy, and I made friends for life that I still keep in touch with. BEST Courses made me grow in 10 days more than I’ve grown in the past 3 years combined. It’s definitely an experience you won’t want to miss on!’’ 

Gherasim Teodor Samuel