ISC 2014 Information
International Science Camp - General Information
In the summer of 2014 XLAB organizes the International Science Camps in the eleventh year of uninterrupted succession. A report on a former ISC can be downloaded here.
first Camp from June 22nd to July 13th,
second Camp from July 27th to August 17th
Deadline for application is March 15th
They are adressed to interested high school students, undergraduate college and university students, aged about 17 to 22 years. Courses are offered in biology, chemistry and physics and supervised by scientists of the University of Göttingen and affiliated research organizations.
The students run hands-on experiments in small groups of two or three. Demonstrations are rarely used and limited only to highly sophisticated experiments, to the use of NMR, X-Ray or other large research instruments.
During the XLAB International Science Camps English is the language used among students, teachers and scientists.
At the weekends and in the evenings a cultural and social program is arranged. Social contacts among students of different cultural background are as important as experimental work and scientific learning.
Goettingen is located in the southern part of Lower Saxony, in the center of Germany and Europe, between the Harz mountains and the Weser river. Goettingen is well known for its University. The XLAB is situated on the science campus of the Georg August University of Goettingen. All of the university laboratories and affiliated institutes, as well as the university dining hall, are within a few minutes walking distance.
English is the language used among all students, teachers and scientists during the XLAB International Science Camps. Englisch is the common language in science and worldwide Englisch is a unique way to communicate with all people of different cultural heritage.
Participants must be fluent in written and spoken English!
We reserve the right for English testing by interview.
The science camps last for 3 weeks. Arrival day is Sunday before the Science camps start. Departure is on Sunday after the end of the camp.
In both schedules you will find a range of courses. Changes can not be excluded. We ask you to select your personal choice.
Number of Participants
The number of participants is limited to 32. There are two or three experimental courses offered each week. The number of students per course varies, depending on the capacity of the different laboratories and the availability of the scientific equipment.
During the science camp each participant will attend three different weekly courses. Students select courses of their interest and indicate their first and second choices. The final schedule will be set according to the interest of the applicants.
Every year the XLAB team plans and organizes a program of social and cultural activities for evenings and weekends during the ISC. A guided tour of Goettingen and short trips to medieval towns and other places of interest in the surrounding area are planned, as well as a wide variety of cultural events, sports, hikes, picnics and barbecues, etc.
The participants will stay together in a nearby guesthouse.
The costs for the camp are 1.850 € which is all-inclusive except for the travel expenses to Goettingen and home.
Students from all over the world are invited to participate. For an application it is required that students first fill in our web form. Later in the application process they provide an informal letter of recommendation by their science teacher, confirming their special interests in science and a curriculum vitae in tabular form including a photo.
German citizens and especially participants from the Goettingen area should be willing to stay at the guesthouse together with the other students. Social contacts among students with different cultural background are as important as experimental work and scientific learning.
Registration before 15th of March makes it more likely that the applicant will get his first choice of courses.
We expect the pre-payment of the first rate directly after the confirmation on our account. Otherwise we reserve the right to assign the place to another applicant.
Do you need any further information? Do not hesitate to contact us!
email: sciencecamp (at) xlab-goettingen.de