Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a visa ?

Whether or not you need a visa depends on your nationality and the country in which the school will be held. If you are not sure that you have the right to travel to the country in question, we suggest that you contact an embassy of your country of nationality, or a similar authority.

What should I do if I need a visa?

You should contact the local organizer at the institute where the school will be held. The local organizer will provide you with a letter of invitation if he has the necessary information. Contact details should be available through the webpage for the school in question; if not please ask the CAS secretariat.

In some cases a booking confirmation from the hotel is also required.

How long does it take to obtain a visa?

This varies depending on your nationality and the country in which the school will be held. The procedure can take up to 3 months.

How do I apply to attend a school?

For each school there is a webpage on this site, where you will find a link to the Indico system that is used to manage each school. If you follow this link you will find a further link to an online registration form. In order to submit this you will need to provide a CV and a letter of reference. These documents will be used to assess your suitability for the course that you are applying for.

We often get more applications than we have places, so it is strongly recommended to apply as early as possible.

What information should be in letter of reference?

You should ask your supervisor, or someone else who knows your professional situation, to write a letter in support of your application. This should include a short summary of your recent professional history and should make a case for why you should attend this particular school.

How can I let CAS know about special dietary requirements?

There is a field on the online registration form where this can be mentioned.

Is it possible to attend only part of a school?

Each school is conceived as a full course and it is strongly recommended to attend all of it. Only in exceptional circumstances do we consider partial attendance and in these cases you will have to pay the full fee.

Can I bring an accompanying person?

This is very strongly discouraged. As well as following a demanding lecture program and associated course work, CAS attendees are expected to work together on course problems outside of the scheduled program. Mixing and networking with other students is also an important career benefit.

Can I get a confirmation that I have attended a school?

Yes. Please ask the CAS secretariat who will provide a certificate of attendance after the completion of the school.

What should I do if I have to cancel an accepted application?

Please contact the CAS secretariat as soon as possible. If the cancellation is due to medical reasons, a full reimbursement can be made if medical documents are provided. If the cancellation is due to other reasons, a partial reimbursement may be possible, depending on a number of factors.

What is an Introductory course?

The Introductory level course is aimed at staff and students in laboratories and universities who wish to learn about accelerator science and technology. The focus of the course is on various aspects of beam dynamics and the underlying accelerator systems. Key topics are consolidated by discussion sessions and tutorials. Course programme overview can be found here >>

What is Advanced level course?

The Advanced Accelerator Physics course is a follow-up of the Introductory level course and is composed of core lectures on accelerator physics in the mornings and a practical course (14-16 hours of hands-on tuition) in the afternoons. The participants will select one afternoon course from the three proposed.  For the afternoon courses, the basic idea is that the participants select a topic for which they have no or very little preliminary knowledge. This should allow the participants to discover and get training in a new field of accelerator physics.  A series of seminars and tutorials will complete the programme. Course programme overview can be found here >>

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