Please read our FAQ before contacting us.
Applying to European Space Camp is equivalent to applying for a scholarship associated with a seat at camp. Depending on the scholarship, transportation to camp might not be covered, but all other costs are. More information about the different scholarships and their selection procedures can be found under the “Scholarship” tab.
Applying through our website means that you are applying for one or multiple of the following scholarships (depending on your nationality/country of residence): European Space Camp, European Space Agency, Cēsis Municipality.
The next European Space Camp will be held from August 1st to 8th 2021.
Applications for ESC are open until 01.04.2021. You can find more information in the “Apply” tab. Apply HERE.
Applicants should be between the ages of 17 and 20 and a keen interest in Space is preferable. A good grasp of high school level Mathematics and Physics is also advisable. Applicants must be fluent in English as all lectures and workshops are only covered in English.
Yes, provided that you will turn 17 at some point during the year that the camp is being held. For example, if you turn 17 on 31st December 2021, you may apply to ESC 2021, even though you would be 16 throughout 2021. As for the upper age limit, you are not eligible if you will be 21 (or older!) at any point during the year that the camp is being held. For example, if you turn 21 on 31st December 2021, you can not apply to ESC 2021. However, if you turn 21 on 1st January 2022, you may apply to ESC 2021.
If you fall outside the eligible age bracket, we recommend you visit the website of our partner organisation, MILSET, who hold a large database of science and space-related activities for all age groups.
You are welcome to apply for space camp as long as you fulfill our age requirement. However, keep in mind that the content of the camp is meant for high school level students and as such you may not get as much out of camp, especially if you are studying a subject like engineering or physics. In particular, selection is very unlikely for someone studying aerospace engineering, as the camp does not offer much to someone who has completed the first year of such a study.
If you are a university student interested in rocketry, we recommend you explore other university-level courses and challenges, such as Fly A Rocket or REXUS (both from the European Space Agency), or opportunities with student rocketry teams in your country.
If you have taken an exam (e.g. CAE, CPE, IELTS,duolingo english test or TOEFL ), then please upload your mark and certificate along with your application. If you haven’t taken such an exam, then please upload your most recent school grade for English, along with a reference letter from your English teacher. Native English speakers do not need to prove their proficiency.
We are going to keep the format of the application process the exact same for ESC 2021. This means that the open questions in the application and the required documents for applying stay the same. So if you choose to reapply next year (please do!), this is what you don’t need to update if you do not want to:
This is what you must update for next year:
Please note that we can not store any of your application due to GDPR, so you will need to resubmit all documents and answers. Make sure to save any work you may want to resend next year!
As the situation is uncertain and it is impossible to tell whether an in-person camp can be arranged, we are planning the in-person camp as normal, as well as an online alternative taking place in the same time period. In any case, ESC 2021 will not be canceled due to COVID-19.
Even though you will probably cover most of the information on your CV as part of your application text, we still request that you upload a CV. The main reason that we request it is that a CV is more factual than your application text, and enables us to better compare applicants directly.
Your CV should include sections on your education, work experience (including voluntary work, if applicable), achievements/awards, linguistic/computer skills, and hobbies/interests. Try to keep your CV to one page, or at most two pages.
No, European Space Camp is open to all students regardless of their location. So far, in addition to participants from all over Europe, we have had participants from Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, the Philippines and the USA.
Although the number of participants varies slightly from year to year, there are usually 24 places. We try to achieve an equal number of boys and girls.
A recommendation letter/letter of reference need not be academic, although your application will be strengthened by at least one academic reference. However, you may also submit references from anyone that knows you well – not necessarily a teacher, provided that the reference is relevant to ESC and emphasises the qualities we ask you to describe in your application.
Content of recommendation letter should be
1) Why we should accept you
2) How the person who wrote the letter thinks you would succeed at an international English-speaking scientific summer camp.
All references must be in English (if this is not possible, a translation must be provided).
We typically announce the results via email by mid-May. Please note that due to the volume of applications we get, we are not able to give individual applicants feedback on your application.
European Space Camp will cover all accommodation and meals during the week at Andøya Space Center, as well as transportation from Andenes Airport to the Rocket Range. Participants may need to pay for their own transport to Andenes Airport. Please refer to the “Scholarships” tab for more information.
Attending ESC is free for all participants. However, depending on your scholarship, you may need to cover the cost of travelling to Andøya airport.