Frequently Asked Questions - Application procedure

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.

The procedure for all student registrations external to CERN:

The registration opens 4-5 months before the course and stays open for 3 months. All students registering with payment are informed within a week about the acceptance of their application. For the first half of the payment period a price advantage of 300 CHF for the whole course is offered. Later payment will require the full sum. This also gives ample time for VISA formalities etc.

Grant students will be informed at the end of the registration period, because all grant applications will be considered together and compared to each other. For those typically a 2 months period remains for VISA formalities and travel arrangements.

For students applying as grant student AND as paying student the grant application is automatically removed.

A student, who has applied for a grant, which could not be considered for a course, can NOT apply afterwards as normal paying student.

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.

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.

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