Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend that you plan your journey so that you arrive at least one hour before the official opening of the programme.
Please note: You can enter the CERN site on the first day of the programme at the earliest.

You will find useful information about “how to get to CERN” on our dedicated website from the CERN Visit Service. The essential information is:

  • If you arrive by plane, there is a very cheap (= free of charge) way of obtaining a one hour ticket for the public transportation system: Directly in front of the exit, at the end of the baggage claim area (before you leave through the customs exit) you can obtain a free ticket to use on buses and trams. The easiest way to get to CERN from the airport is by taking the Y bus (direction to Thoiry/Val Thoiry) and get off the bus at the stop marked “CERN”.
  • If you arrive by train, we suggest you get off at the central station, called “Genève Gare Cornavin”. Take the tram number 18 (direction CERN) and get off at the terminus (“CERN”). Ticket machines are available at all stops. The ticket “Tout Genève 1h“ costs 3 CHF, is valid for an hour and will be sufficient to reach CERN. Details are available on the official website of the public transportation system agency in Geneva.

After your arrival, please report to the guards at entrance B (open 24 hours per day). Please tell them your name and show your passport or any photographic ID. After this procedure, you may enter the CERN campus and go to the CERN hotel reception in building 39. There you will obtain your room key and an envelope containing the following information:

  • a CERN map;
  • an individual access card that you should always wear visibly during your stay;
  • a city map of Geneva.

CERN is located on both sides of the border between Switzerland and France. The most commonly used currency is Swiss Franc (CHF) but payments may also be made in Euros (EUR). There is a UBS bank located on site and ATM’s are available. Both the CERN hotel and CERN’s restaurants accept cash and credit cards.

We will reserve either single (58CHF/night) or double rooms (38.50CHF/person/night) in our CERN hotel for the duration of the programme (rooms with toilet and shower en-suite; bed linen and towels are provided). Please note that it is not possible to further extend your stay at the CERN hotel. If you wish to arrive earlier or stay longer, please find below a list of hotels close to CERN:

During the programme, you will have breakfast, lunch, and dinner at CERN’s Restaurant 1 (building 501) (opening hours: 7am until midnight; 7am-11pm during weekends).

In case of an emergency (fire, accident, etc.) at CERN you should call our Fire Brigade. The telephone number is 74444 (from any phone inside CERN) or +41 22 767 4444 (from your mobile). Our fire brigade is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

If you feel sick, which we sincerely do not hope, you can go to CERN’s ambulant medical service. Tel: 73186 or 78435 (from inside CERN), +41 22 767 3186 or +41 22 767 8435 respectively. The opening hours of the medical service are 8:30am-12:00pm and 2:00-5:30pm. If you have serious health problems outside these hours, please call the Fire Brigade (+41 22 767 4444).

At CERN, you can only smoke in specially-marked areas. All buildings (including the CERN hotel) are non-smoking facilities.

If you bring a device with Wi-Fi card, you can access the CERN network by following a simple authorisation procedure (find more information on this website). You can apply for this in advance by following the procedure, with the laptop (or any other mobile device) that you intend to bring with you, using this link (Please add your CERN contact as guaranteeing contact person).

YES! You may take photographs of everything at CERN - but you will need a camera. So please do not forget to bring one with you!

Swiss power sockets look different from standard European ones - not to speak about those from Central America or other parts of the world. Please bring an adaptor to connect your devices to either Swiss or European power sockets.

During the programme you will visit many CERN facilities and also do a walking tour of the city as part of the programme. Please make sure to bring along both comfortable and suitable shoes.
For safety reasons, high-heeled shoes, open-toed shoes, flip-flops or sandals are not permitted for the visits of the CERN facilities.

The International High School Teacher Programme 2018 (HST2018) will take place 1-21 July 2018.
The programme will start on Sunday, 1 July at 5pm and will be finished on Saturday, 21 July in the morning.

The International Teacher Weeks Programme 2018 (ITW2018) will take place 5-18 August 2018.
The programme will start on Sunday, 5 August at 5pm and will be finished on Saturday, 18 August in the morning.

Both the HST programme and the ITW programme are open for teachers from around the world. All applicants need to have a good working knowledge of the English language and need to be committed to attend the programmes in full. Furthermore, preference in the selection will go to teachers who have a proven experience of extra-curricular activities, such as:

  • Organization of educational activities (science olympiads, summer courses for students)
  • Contribution to the planning of national curricula
  • Involvement in the activities of national and international educational bodies

Please note: For the HST programme, applicants from the USA are asked to contact the US HST coordinator Ken Cecire who will inform you about the dedicated application process for teachers from the USA. Equally, applicants from Canada are asked to consult the website of the Canadian Association of Physicists. For the ITW programme, however, teachers from the USA and from Canada can apply directly via our website.

The application process for both the HST2018 and the ITW2018 programme will open on 1 November 2017 and will be closed on 13 January 2018 at midnight (Geneva time).

Applications for HST2018 and ITW2018 are only accepted via the respective application form on the CERN teacher programmes website. The application process is split into five parts in which you are asked to supply personal & school details, provide a short curriculum vitae, answer programme specific questions, and upload a 1 minute video clip to present yourself in English. 
Please carefully read the instructions that are provided at each stage of the process and please note the respective word limits.

The 1 minute video clip is your chance to explain why you are the ideal candidate to participate in CERN’s international teacher programmes! Please present yourself in English and describe briefly what draws your interests towards physics and sciences. Catch our attention with your creativity!

The 1-minute video does not have to be professionally produced. You can simply use your phone to record your presentation.
The file size must be less than 100 MB and you can upload any of the following file types: avi, mov, wmf, fly, mp4

Yes, you need to create a CERN lightweight account in order to access the respective application form.
The registration process is described in this dedicated document.

Yes, all applicants who successfully apply for either the HST2018 or ITW2018 programme will receive a confirmation email immediately after submitting their application.

Yes, the confirmation email contains a link to the application and all applicants can modify their application until 13 January 2018.

We will send out acceptance and rejection emails to all applicants in spring 2018.

Every accepted applicant who is not supported by any third-party funding agency (e.g. their school or government) will receive a financial subsistence to cover both their travel and living costs for the duration of the respective programme.

The financial subsistence will be send via bank transfer during the first week of the respective programme.
Please note: depending on the country and bank, it can take up to 10 days until the bank transfer is fully completed.
Thus, participants are expected to advance their living expenses during the first week of the respective programme.

There are dedicated programme websites for both the HST2018 programme (indico.cern.ch/e/HST2018) and the ITW2018 programme (indico.cern.ch/e/ITW2018), which will be updated closer to the respective dates.

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