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The BEA Institute Kosovo Program was an life enhancing experience to me.
BEA was an incredible experience! It was a lifetime opportunity to meet wonderful people from all around the world. I met such an amazing group and I will remember this event for the rest of my life.
I was astonished by the quality of the lectures and especially of the speakers who were there for us. With BEA institute we had the chance to meet high profile academics and leaders, like the president of Kosovo and several diplomats from different countries that played majors roles during the conflict.
Through all the lectures and visits I attended, I learned a lot not just from an academic perspective, but also about myself personally.
I definitely recommend this experience to anyone who is open to new academic opportunities and I look forward to participate in another summer program with BEA in the future!
I really enjoyed the lectures, the excursions and the company of the other participants on the programme and I found the accommodation at the Grand Hotel Pristina to be extraordinary.
The programme was life changing because I met so many interesting and talented people in such a short space of time. Our lectures explored the themes of ethnic conflict, the economy and leadership with case studies and presentations from unique and entertaining Professors Tim Allen and Paul Joseph.
The lectures and overall experience of the programme really helped me to understand the complicated nature of post-conflict zones and how I can use this new knowledge to build bridges between communities and individuals that I work with in the future.
The programme expanded my knowledge, improved my confidence and helped me to understand how I can improve the lives of young people. The experience has shown me how important Education is to underpin our society, especially in post-conflict zones. I will certainly carry this experience with me through life and think back to those happy ten days I spent in Kosovo. Thanks for the memories.
I met alot of new people and made alot of new friends. Academically, [the program] was also really good”
“BEA Institute Kosovo was one of the best experiences of my life. I can say for sure that the program exceeded my expectations! The program was run very smoothly and professionally, and the country was beautiful and its people welcoming. Maybe the best part, though, was meeting so many students from all over the world with such diverse backgrounds and viewpoints. I learned a lot on the trip, but I also gained lifelong friends and unforgettable memories. I strongly urge anyone to enroll in BEA, no matter what you study; it will be a life-changing experience”
“BEA is a thought stimulating, friendship building and adventurous experience. Highly recommended to anyone who loves combinations of fun, academic encounters, exploring foreign countries and learning from others. It opened my eyes to the Kosovo and most importantly its people. It extended my worldview across borders to the Balkan region of this world and made me once again aware of the importance to remain open for surprises”
“To say that this course was a pleasant surprise would be an absolute understatement.
I was deeply saddened when the course finished. I have rarely been given such an ample opportunity to meet so many enthusiastic and intelligent people from all over the world. Having a contact base as great as the one that a course such as Bridge Education Abroad’s Summer Program provides is a fantastic asset to have in this day and age.
Last but not least, learning about topics ranging from Ethnic Cleansing and Nationalism to Nuclear Proliferation in a location such as Kosovo allowed me to contextualize what I learned. This was key in ensuring that I understood these concepts a lot easier.”
“As a student of international relations, I got the chance to complement what I’ve learned about the Balkans throughout my studies with the knowledge of people who have lived and are creating Kosovo’s history. The program allowed me to experience so many wonderful opportunities that I never would have imagined and meet so many amazing people that have made a permanent impact in my life. In our lectures, we learned about economy, ethnic conflict, and international security, among other subjects from experts who are noticeably passionate about what they study. During our free time, we got to visit several historic places as well as some beautiful natural sites. Although I did not know what to expect when I arrived, I immediately noticed how welcoming the “friendliest Europeans” are and I can definitely say I had an experience that changed my life in a very positive way.”
“The BEA program to Kosovo was a live changing experience that allowed me to meet people from all over the world and see how cultural differences effect how we see global problems. It was an excellent mix of cultural , education and social actives. I would happily attend another program.”
“I would definitely recommend students apply for the BEA Kosovo programme. It is a unique opportunity to meet people from all over the world, to visit somewhere you might not get to otherwise, to learn so much both inside and outside the classroom and to open oneself up to new perspectives on global issues. It’s also great fun and may involve waterfalls. I made friends for life and feel the experience was of significant personal, academic and professional benefit. All in all, it was an unforgettable, very special and very worthwhile ten days! ”
“Are you keen on to meet new people and explore regions you have only read about in books or newspapers? Then you should participate in BEA Kosovo Program! The summer school includes interesting lectures from different experts in the region, both local and international, more or less fruitful debates and practical experiences from traveling and trips around. The great bonus is enthusiastic and committed team of people who loves to help you with whatever you might need.”
“The Kosovo Summer Program was an incredible experience, with lots of fun, knowledge and new experiences. We had the opportunity to met distinguished people, like the prime-minister, to have interesting lectures, and meet people from other cultures. Kosovo is a beautiful country and offered us a variety of things to do: waterfalls, caves and nice restaurants.”
“My experience in Kosovo has come far beyond my expectations. As an IR student I knew it would be a great experience to participate in a international summer school, especially in Kosovo. I have been able to meet the most amazing people from all over the world, embrace a new culture and feel a warming welcome by all the BEA team. The outcome of this experience was really positive, I did start seeing things with another length, after I heard the speeches of the brave people who survived the war and did what they can to protect their family and things. Along with a multicultural experience with another 20 some nations, I couldn’t ask for more. Surely I will never forget and I will be back soon.”
“I recommend the BEA Kosovo as an opportunity not only to learn about Kosovo but also learn from other participants and know about their countries: Making new friends and bridging the gap between cultures. The lecturers and course directors are friendly, approachable and care about you. The ingredients are in the right place to make this event enriching and successful experience for each participant.”
“Bridge Education Abroad Kosovo Summer School 2013 was a unique opportunity for me to visit Kosovo and learn about the history and the culture of the country from the people and on the ground. BEA staff did a great job at organizing the different events and lectures during the days of the program. I thought the lectures were helpful and well targeted to my field of interests. I also enjoyed the company of other participants and the trips thru Kosovo as well.”
“Bridge Education Abroad Kosovo summer program was such an amazing experience! The lectures were quite informative with the informal debate sessions stirring up the room at times.It was also enjoyable hearing different views from almost 40 participants! The field trips were an amazing adventure and a different way to experience the country. From the historical caves, the waterfalls of Mirusha, the beautiful city of Pirzen, the parliament to the capital city of Prishtina, each of these experiences taught me something about Kosovo I would never have known. The mayor of Gjilani hosted us like his personal guests while the Prime Minister spared time in his busy schedule to come and have a word with the students”
“The provided professors lectures that were combined with trips and visits gave me the true image of Kosovo (truly beautiful pictures) and arguments to advocate it which I couldn’t find in even the best textbook. Foremost, my experience from the Kosovo Program was a great experience that I now share with other amazing students from around the world.”
“The BEA Institute in Kosovo was definitely a highlight of summer 2013. Our group of students from all over the world was well taken care of by the dedicated staff of Bridge Education Abroad and the Kosovo Centre of Diplomacy who made sure that we all felt welcome. Furthermore, the program helped me gain valuable first-hand insight into peace- and democracy-building in one of the world’s youngest states. I am sure that this experience will be of immense benefit to my future studies.”
“The BEA Kosovo program’s organizers were simply outstanding at their jobs from everything from translation to organizing transport and of course knowing were to take us in Kosovo. As for the summer school it self the lectures covered a large range of topics from economics to Kosovo itself and even counter terrorism so the lectures were still certainly relevant to my degree.”
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