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. 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.
When you arrive, 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. The guards will then hand you an individual access badge that you should always wear visibly during your stay.
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 a CERN map and a city map of Geneva.
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:
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. If you have serious health problems outside the opening hours of the medical service (8:30am-12:00pm and 2:00-5:30pm), please call the Fire Brigade (+41 22 767 4444).
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.
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 mobile device that you intend to bring with you, using this link (Please add your CERN contact as guaranteeing contact person).
At CERN, you can also connect to the Eduroam network and there is also a dedicated "CERN-Visitors" network, which provides you with limited access for 24h. However, we strongly advise you to use the official CERN network, as this gives you full access to the World Wide Web.
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. Therefore, 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 2019 (HST2019) will take place 7-20 July 2019.
The programme will start on Sunday, 7 July at 5pm and will be finished on Saturday, 20 July in the morning.
The International Teacher Weeks Programme 2019 (ITW2019) will take place 4-17 August 2019.
The programme will start on Sunday, 4 August at 5pm and will be finished on Saturday, 17 August in the morning.
Both the HST programme and the ITW programme are directed at in-service science teachers, who teach STEM subjects at high-school level. The main difference is that the HST programme traditionally takes place in July, while the ITW offers teachers the opportunity to take part in an international teacher programme at CERN in August. Aside from this, there are little to no differences between the HST and ITW programmes.
Both the HST programme and the ITW programme are open for in-service science 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
The application process for both the HST2019 programme and the ITW2019 programme will open on 1 November 2018 and will be closed on 13 January 2019 at midnight (Geneva time).
Applications for HST and ITW 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 - we want to see and hear you in the video. 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, all applicants who successfully apply for either the HST programme or the ITW 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 the deadline of the application process.
We will send out acceptance and rejection emails to all applicants in spring 2019.
Every accepted applicant who is not supported by any third-party funding agency (e.g. their school or government) will receive a financial allowance to cover both their travel and living costs for the duration of the respective programme.
The financial allowance will be sent via bank transfer during the first week of the respective programme.
Please note: depending on the country and bank, it can take up to 14 days until the bank transfer is fully completed.
Thus, participants are expected to advance their travel and living expenses for the full duration of the respective programme.