FAQ & Contact
Please read our FAQ before contacting us.
When you apply for European Space Camp, you apply for a scholarship that is 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 in the summer of 2023
Applications for ESC will open on January 1st 2023. 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 proficient 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 2023, you may apply to ESC 2023, even though you would be 16 throughout the camp.
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 2023, you can not apply to ESC 2023. However, if you turn 21 on 1st January 2024, you may apply to ESC2023.
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.
Even though you will probably cover most of the information on your CV as part of your application video, 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.
Your CV should include sections on your education, work experience (including voluntary work, if applicable), achievements/awards, linguistic/general skills, and hobbies/interests. Try to keep your CV to one page, or at most two pages.
If you have taken an exam (e.g. CAE, CPE, IELTS, duolingo english test or TOEFL ), then please make sure to include your mark and certificate along with your application. If you haven’t taken such an exam, then please include 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.
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).
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.
The results of the first round will be announced in the beginning of March via email.
You will then get more detailed information on what you need to hand in for the second round. Deadline for the second round is April 1st.
The final results will then be announced by mid-May.
Please note that due to the volume of applications we get, we are not able to give individual applicants feedback on their application.
Attending ESC is free for all participants. However, depending on your scholarship, you may need to cover the cost of travelling to Andøya airport.
European Space Camp will cover all accommodation and meals during the week at Andøya Space, as well as transportation from Andøya Airport to the Rocket Range. Participants may need to pay for their own transport to Andøya Airport. Please refer to the “Scholarships” tab for more information.