ISS FAQs

When does the International Science School take place?

The International Science School is held every two years, in odd-numbered years. The next program, ISS2017, will be held from SUNDAY 2 JULY TO SATURDAY 15 JULY 2017.

Who can apply to attend to the ISS?

Students in the last two years of secondary school — so that's year 11 or 12 in Australia, or senior high school — can apply to be an ISS scholar.

How much does it cost?

Nothing!
(Seriously!)

ISS scholarships cover all expenses so that there is no cost to students and their families. Valued at approximately $3,500, the ISS scholarship covers return travel within Australia, food and accommodation for the duration of the School, and all ISS events and activities. These scholarships are possible thanks to the University of Sydney's Physics Foundation and the many private individual, corporate and government supporters of the ISS program.

Students from overseas have their airfares contributed by organisations in their home country. Once they are in Australia, the ISS covers all costs for the program.

Some social activities in the evenings and middle weekend of the program — such as city tours, trips to the theatre or cinema — are not included in the program and students would be expected to pay for these. However we make sure plenty of free activities are going on every day, so there's no need to spend lots of money.

Where is the ISS held?

The ISS is run at the University of Sydney, mainly within the School of Physics. Many of the activities take place in research labs and other venues across the university, covering a wide range of scientific disciplines. We may arrange a day trip to an external research lab or institution as well, you never know!

Students will live in local boarding school accommodation for the duration of the program.

What happens at the ISS?

The ISS is a very full two weeks of science and social activity. Each day ISS students attend lectures by leading scientists from Sydney University, across Australia and around the world. They also participate in workshops, experiments, lab tours ... it's a packed program.

In the evenings and weekends there are plenty of social activities to keep everyone entertained: from movie nights and city tours, to the Gala Reception in the University's Great Hall, and a dinner cruise on beautiful Sydney Harbour. (And that's not even mentioning the slightly daggy but exceptionally fun Bush Dance, and the infamous ISS Talent Night ...)

Where do the ISS scholars come from?

Around 140 students attend each ISS, and about two-thirds come from around Australia. The remaining students are selected from countries overseas — in the past we have had students from Canada, China, Japan, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, the UK, and the USA.

How are ISS Scholars chosen?

Students must apply to attend the ISS, and are selected on academic merit and leadership qualities. Students are assessed equally regardless of whether they are from the city and country, or attend a public, private or independent school. Attendance is by scholarship only.

AUSTRALIAN STUDENTS apply online with the help of teachers at their school. Applications typically open early in the year that the ISS is held — so keep an eye out for ISS2019 applications in Jan-Feb 2019!

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS are chosen through a selection process in their home country, currently limited to China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, the UK and the USA. Contact us for more information.