I need to upload my latest grade report. What do you mean by “latest grade report”?
Please upload an official document from your school including a list of your grades in your school subjects. Typically, you will receive your grade report in the end of the school year. In some countries, students receive additional official grade reports during the school year. It will not be possible to update the grade report after the application deadline.
Do I need to translate my grade report?
No. You don’t need to provide translations of your grade reports or certificates.
Do I need to have very good grades to apply?
Your grades are only one factor in the selection process. However, the selection process will be extremely competitive.
I want to upload additional documents supporting my application. How can I proceed?
Please merge all additional documents together in one PDF and upload this file under “additional certificates”.
What should be the content of the Reference letter?
The reference letters should comment on the following:
- How do you know the applicant?
- How long have you known the applicant?
- Is there anything special or outstanding about the applicant that we should know?
- Does she or he especially impress you as being extraordinary?
- How strong is his or her interest in and motivation for physics and mathematics?
- Do you believe this applicant would enjoy the S'Cool LAB Summer CAMP experience at CERN (academically and socially)
The letter should include the full name of the referee and their contact information (email address and telephone number).
How many reference letters do I need?
Please prepare 2 reference letters: 1 letter from your physics or science teacher, and 1 additional reference letter from another teacher, mentor, coach, employer, science club administrator etc. It is not possible to submit more than 2 reference letters.
My teacher does not feel comfortable to write the reference letter in English or French. What can I do?
All reference letters need to be written in English or French. However, if your teacher cannot write in English or French, you can upload the original reference letter in a different language together with a translated version (please merge both versions to one PDF). You can translate the letter yourself or ask someone for help, we don’t need an official translation.
I applied for last year's summer camp. Can I use the same reference letters?
Yes. However, all reference letters should not be older than 18 months.
I have changed my school recently and my new teachers don’t know me very well. What can I do?
The referees should have known you for approx. 1 year. You can of course contact teachers from your old school in this case. If you can justify that the referees know you very well although they have only known you for a few months, we will exceptionally accept these reference letters as well.
If your teacher can’t give you the reference letter directly, please tell them to send the letter directly to us via email. To assign the letter to your application, the subject of the email should be “Reference letter for “Applicant name”.
In addition, you need to upload a PDF in the application form instead of the reference letter stating “The Reference letter will be sent by my teacher “Teacher’s name” directly via email."
What should I say in the 1-minute video?
Please present yourself briefly and tell us about a person (relative, teacher, scientist, ...) who inspired you in the field of Science, Technology, or Engineering.
Can I upload a longer video?
Your video should not be much longer than 1 minute. We will not consider videos, which are longer than 1.5 minutes.
I can’t upload my video. What is the problem?
Please make sure the size of your video does not exceed 50 MB and that you are uploading the required video format. Depending on your internet connection, the file upload might take a while.
The file size of my video is too big, what can I do?
Please reduce the file size by reducing the frame rate and/or resolution. You can find online tutorial for example here: Reduce Video File Size
Can I speak my mother tongue in the video?
No. We will only consider videos in English.