Study abroad
Summer school – Utrecht 2016. Nanomaterials: Physics and Chemistry

Nanomaterials find applications in a wide range of fields such as device technology (nanophotonics, solar energy conversion, opto-electronics), medicine (sensors, labelling) and chemical synthesis (catalysis). In the course students will be introduced to the exciting interdisciplinary field of nanoscience, its chemical and physical aspects, and its many applications. The school offers comprehensive lectures on the physics and chemistry of nanomaterials. In addition, researchers from the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science will present the latest developments in the field. A major part of the school will be dedicated to hands on experiments, and the participants will visit an industrial research laboratory.

The topics of this course are: Quantum dots, Colloids, Catalyst synthesis, Photocatalysis, and characterisation methods (electron and optical microscopy).

Successful participants of the summer school will be offered the opportunity to do their master studies at the Debye Insitute of Nanomaterials Science.


Dr. Rosa Bulo, Dr. Sanli Faez, Dr. Peter Ngene


Advanced bachelor students with a background in chemistry, physics or materials science as well as proficiency in English. Interested master students are also welcome to apply.


To introduce the student to: the design and synthesis of nanomaterials; the characterization of their physical and chemical properties and phenomena; their applications.


Full time course. The course days involve lectures, hands-on experiments, and preparation time for the mini-symposium at the end of the course.

  • € 800 - Course + course materials + housing
  • € 450 - Course + course materials

A limited number of scholarships are available to cover part of the course fee. Students who wish to apply for this scholarship should motivate this request in their application letter.

Deadline for registration: 31 May 2016.

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Summer school – Utrecht 2016. Theoretical Physics

The Institute for Theoretical Physics in Utrecht ranks among the leading institutions in the world in the field of theoretical physics. The Utrecht Summer School in Theoretical Physics offers a blend of advanced undergraduate material in thermal and statistical physics, quantum mechanics and electrodynamics. In addition there is a lecture series by Utrecht researchers on current topics in various fields of theoretical physics ranging from condensed matter to high-energy physics and quantum gravity.


Dr. R.A. Duine, Dr. U. Gürsoy


Advanced bachelors with a strong background in physics and mathematics as well as proficiency in English. The Summer School course provides an excellent preparation for entering a master in Theoretical Physics. Applicants should go through a selection procedure. (Maximum number of participants: 35)


freshing and deepening the knowledge in core subjects of theoretical physics such as statistical physics, quantum mechanics and classical electrodynamics.


Classes from 9.00 - 17.00, lunch talks from 13.00 - 14.00

  • € 955 - Course + course materials + housing
  • € 605 - Course + course materials Fee includes lunch.

Applications should include: 

  • Motivation for your application (submit through your account) 
  • Curriculum vitae (submit through your account) 
  • Recent set of transcripts (marks/grades) for relevant followed courses. These can de delivered in English, German, French or in Dutch for Dutch students (submit through your account) 

Two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the by your referent. Do not send the letters of recommendation yourself!

Deadline for registration: 01 May 2016


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Summer school – The African School of Physics (ASP) Kigali, Rwanda

The aim of the school is to build capacity to harvest, interpret, and exploit the results of current and future physics experiments with particle accelerators, and to increase proficiency in related applications, such as medicine, and technologies, such as information technologies. The school is based on a close interplay between theoretical, experimental, applied physics, and Grid computing

The main topics form the backbone of the school:

 Physics Topics:

  • Theoretical Physics
  • Particle Physics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Medical Physics
  • Monte Carlo Generators & Simulations
  • Accelerators & Technology
  • Grid Computing

In addition to lecture courses, each topic includes hands-on exercises on computing-related aspects, including Grid and high-performance computing. Further, each main topic contains a number of additional exercises for student projects. These are completed in groups, with a single lecturer (mentor) assigned to each group. These groups also provide opportunities for discussing questions arising from the lecture material. The groups are assigned on arrival, and time is reserved for this activity each working day during the school. These daily discussion sessions provide a framework for mentoring students from different backgrounds. Each group is encouraged to deliver a short presentation at the end of the program.

Financial support

Bursaries and full support for selected students

Dates: August 1-19

Deadline for registration: 31 March 2016


Applications should include:  CV, transcripts, letter of motivation and one recommendation letter 

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