Please read our FAQ before contacting us.
There will be a multitude of lectures on Physics; previous lecture topics have included Rocket Physics, plasma, the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and discoveries made by CERN’s LHC, to name but a few. All participants will also take part in one of four workshops:
In addition, there will be trips to ALOMAR (LIDAR observatory), a a sea safari, swimming under the midnight sun, as well as social events.
The next European Space Camp will be held in the summer of 2019. Dates are currently not set.
Applications for ESC are open until April 1st. Apply HERE.
Applicants should be between the ages of 17 and 20 (see FAQ directly below for clarification) and a keen interest in Space and Rocket Physics is preferable. A good grasp of Mathematics and Physics is also advisable. Applicants must be fluent in English as all lectures and workshops are only covered in English.
I will be 16 during the camp; can I still apply? / I will be 20 during the camp but turn 21 later in the year; can I still apply?
Yes, provided that you will be will turn 17 at some point during the year that the camp is being held. For example, if you turn 17 on 31st December 2018, you may apply to ESC 2018, even though you would be 16 throughout 2018. 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 2018, you can not apply to ESC 2018. However, if you turn 21 on 1st January 2019, you may apply to ESC 2018
If you fall outside the eligible age bracket, we recommend you visit the website of our partner organization, MILSET, who hold a large database of science and space-related activities for all age groups.
If you have taken an exam (e.g. CAE, CPE, IELTS 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.
The catering team at Andøya Space Center will make every effort to accommodate special dietary requirements. If you have a particularly severe allergy to a certain type of food, we advise you to contact us before applying so that we can check with the catering team first.
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.
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 emphasizes the qualities we ask you to describe in your application. All references must be in English or Norwegian (if this is not possible, a translation must be provided).
The airport at Andøya is called Andenes Airport. The easiest way of getting there is to fly to either Bodø or Tromsø with SAS or Norwegian and then book a flight from there to Andenes with Widerøe. Participants from outside Norway may find that they need to fly to Oslo before flying to Bodø or Tromsø. We encourage all applicants to research the different routes before booking, as this will save time and money.
However, do not bring the following:
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 will need to pay for their own transport to Andenes Airport, unless they are the recipients of the ESA scholarship. Please refer to the “scholarships” tab for more information.