Science Abroad: Switzerland

Science Abroad allows science students to complete a research course at one of several prestigious research facilities located overseas.  Students will collaborate with colleagues from other countries, and explore problems of a global nature.  Through this experiential learning process, students will have the chance to relate their academic studies to real-world lab situations, while also earning course credit that will count towards their degree requirements.

ATLAS is a particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.  CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for research in particle physics. Seven UofT professors are among the scientists conducting research there, leading a group of approximately 25 UofT researchers on ATLAS. The experiment is recreating the conditions at the birth of the Universe and will bring us closer to a more complete understanding of the subatomic structure of our world.


Country: Switzerland
City: Geneva
Institution: University


Accepting Applications: Yes
Timeline: Summer
Run By: CIE
For Credit: Yes


Language of Study: English
Level of Study: Undergrad
Subjects Available at Host: Physics: Research Topic Abroad
Program Type: Research
Tuition & Incidentals: Paid to Summer Abroad
Program Fees: Program fees paid to Summer Abroad
Funding: Summer Abroad Bursaries


Schools/Faculties: All
Requirements: At least 8.5 FCEs and no more than 14.0 FCEs. Strong interest in physical sciences, comfort working with advanced software (no specific programming language is required, but knowledge of c and/or c++ will be of benefit) and have a minimum CGPA of 3.0. Admission is based on CGPA, response to a questionnaire and an interview as required