HOW TO APPLY FOR A SUMMER UNIVERSITY (SU)?

● Become member of your nearest AEGEE local

● Get an AEGEE.org account

● Choose up to three SUs

● Submit your application including a motivation letter in which you explain who you are, why you want to participate in the SU you chose, etc. Attention: the selection is mainly based on the letter, so be specific and do a good self-PR!

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CAN I GO WITH A FRIEND TO THE SAME SU?

The application process is individual, therefore there is no guarantee that something like this happens, although you can try. If you go on a SU, going to a different country, you learn new things, get to know another culture, another country and people, it is an adventure that you have to discover yourself!

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DO I NEED TO LEARN ENGLISH IF I WANT TO GO AWAY?

English is the official language of AEGEE (together with French). If you don't have a very basic knowledge of English you may find it very difficult to communicate wherever you go. However, you will discover that not everyone has a high level of English, and that you may know more English than you think! And if you want to practice or improve your English... you're in the right place!

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ARE THE SPECIAL FOOD REQUIREMENTS PROVIDED?

Yes. Vegetarian, non-pork food as well as other special menus are provided. If you want the organisers to take into account your special food requirements, specify it in your SU application.

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DO I HAVE TO TRAVEL ON MY OWN TO THE SU?

Yes, you have to travel on your own as far as getting to the starting point of the SU. A tip: if you are looking at tickets and you see the ticket one day before or the day after the SU starts is cheaper, then maybe it's fine to buy it, just get into contact with the organizers and they can help you to arrange everything for you to arrive a bit earlier/later. Also, when the list of selected participants is published you may want to contact others to go together if you live close to each other... Once you and the other participants are selected for a SU, the organizers usually create a mailing list or forum where you can communicate with all the participants and organizers. The organizers will send you information on how to pay the fee of the event, how to get there, etc... You must check your email regularly.

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IS THERE A SAMPLE LETTER OF MOTIVATION?

No, that's what you have to do on your own.

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WHO MAKES MONEY WITH THIS PROJECT?

NOBODY. The partners of all AEGEE locals are not doing this out of economic interest. For us (active AEGEE members), meeting new people, travel for little money, learn languages, cultures, lifestyles and different mindsets is sufficient payment for the effort we make.

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HOW CAN BE ORGANIZED AN SU WITH ONLY 190 € PER PERSON?

Because each local organizer request grants from universities and public administrations and private companies to obtain low-priced accommodation, cheap meals in restaurants, in kind sponsorships, etc. It is a great and non-profit volunteer work that is done by the organizers! In short: to organize any event, AEGEE has three funding sources: annual fees, dues of the specific event, and grants and sponsorships (of both public institutions and private companies). That is why you're paying less than it would normally cost you.

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WHAT ABOUT THE QUALITY?

The quality of our SUs is controlled by the Summer University Coordination Team. We can observe that the general quality is raising from year to year. But do not forget that AEGEE is not a travel agency and that the SU organisers are not professionals, but students who are not paid for their work and who invest their leisure time to make this great experience possible for you! Mistakes can happen, but the organisers will always do their best to make your stay unforgettable! Remember: the group makes the spirit and it is up to you how your personal outcome of the SU looks like!

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VISAS OR PASSPORTS NEEDED?

To travel to certain countries, you may need your passport and sometimes even a visa. Getting a passport can be time-consuming, and a visa even more - up to 2 months in the worst case. Consequently, when applying pay particular attention to the starting date of the SU you choose! And do remember, that you will get to know only in May if you are selected for the SU in question! Generally, most of the AEGEE locals are experienced in the visa-getting process as visas are a part of the AEGEE spirit and also an everyday life problem for its members. We even have a working group willing to help you: the Visa Freedom Fighters! In any case, the visa-process will need a good communication and collaboration also from your side! In order to visa procedure contact our incoming (tsu2013@aegee.waw.pl) as soon as possible.

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ANOTHER QUESTION?

If you still have any questions, contact us at following email: tsu2013@aegee.waw.pl