General Information

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  • Location

    The Summer School is located at the Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), Lugano Campus (in walking distance from the city center).

  • Workshops

    The Summer School runs for two consecutive weeks, preceded by optional two-day preparatory workshops taught on Friday and Saturday, before the first week of regular workshops. During each of the two weeks of the Summer School, there will be several full-time parallel workshops on both quantitative and qualitative methods. 

    Each regular workshop runs from Monday through Friday (from 8 h 30 through 18 h), an average effective teaching time of 7½ to 8 hours per day, i.e. a total of up to 35-40 hours for each workshop.

    All workshops will be oriented towards practical applications and spend roughly half of their time on applied work and exercises (many workshops will make heavy use of computer software); there will be ample time to discuss and try to solve problems related to your personal research with the instructors and fellow participants. Participants are encouraged to work on their own data and research problems to get the most out of the Summer School experience.

    Instructors are renowned specialists and experienced teachers in their respective fields.

  • How to register?

    Register by filling-in the on-line registration form. Registration is conditional until you have paid the Summer School fees (within three weeks of payment request receipt).

    If you applied for the reduced (student) fee a recommendation letter/copy of an official document stating your student status is required to make your registration final. Registration is on a first-come first-serve basis.

    Limited number of participants: To guarantee optimal learning conditions, the number of available places per workshop is limited (typically 12-17 for a workshops taught by the instructor alone, up to 22-27 when taught by an instructor and teaching assistant or co-teacher).
    Registrants beyond the maximal number of participants will be placed on a waiting list, and will be informed as soon as a place becomes available. If the waiting list grows too long, registration for that workshop will be closed.
    Minimal number of participants: Workshops may be cancelled if there are not enough confirmed participants (fewer than 8) by June 15th. If this happens you will be notified by e-mail and the paid fees will be reiumbursed, or, if you prefer, you can choose to attend one of the other workshops (unless they are fully booked).
    Deadlines: There are no specific deadlines for application. However consider:

    1. The number of participants per workshop is limited; some workshops are very popular, so please register as early as possible.
    2. Workshop fees have to be paid in advance and registration is final only after reception of your payment.
    3. Decently priced accommodation is difficult to find at the very last minute.


  • Who can attend?

    Although many participants are (PhD) students or researchers, there are no formal requirements, anyone can attend. Of course motivation to learn more about social science methods is essential.

  • Teaching language

    The language in all workshops and lectures will be English, therefore active and passive command of English is expected.

  • Fees

    The Summer School is funded through participant’s fees:

    There are two kinds of fees*:

    • Reduced fee: 700 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for students (requires proof of student status).
    • Normal fee: 1100 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for all others.

    These fees includes also participation in one of the preliminary workshops (two-day workshop preceding the Summer School).

    With the Online payment, you will receive a confirmation by e-mail as soon as you complete the payment.

    If you pay by bank transfer, you will receive a payment request by e-mail (within two weeks from the date of registration).

    Important: Your registration is conditional until the fee has been fully paid. Your payment is due within three weeks, after receiving the payment request. If you fail to do so, your application will be canceled and your place offered to the first person on the waiting list.

    If you apply late (July or later), make sure that the payment is made a week before the Summer School starts at the very latest. If you register late send a copy of the proof of payment to the Summer School to make sure that your payment is recorded without delay.

    Reduced Fee

    To qualify for the reduced fee, you are required to send a copy of an official document that certifies your current student status or a letter from your supervisor stating your actual position as a doctoral or postdoctoral student. Send this letter/document by e-mail to

    *USI PhD and researchers are admitted without a participation fee within the limits of availability of places.

  • Certificate of participation

    At the end of the successful completion of a workshop, a Certificate of participation will be delivered, attesting the active presence of the participant during the 5 days of each workshop. Partial presence will be noted on the Certificate. Furthermore, no certificate will be delivered for a workshop a participant has attended less than three days. For a two-day Preliminary Workshop, a Certificate of Participation is only delivered on request. Every day your instructor will circulate a register; make sure to sign it, every morning and evening, attesting your presence.

  • ECTS credits

    If you consider using the Summer School workshops to obtain credits (ECTS), you will have to investigate at your home institution to find out whether they recognize the Summer School, how many credits can be earned for a workshop/course with roughly 35 hours of teaching, no graded work, and no exams. We only deliver a Certificate of Participation, i.e. we certify your presence. Make sure to investigate this matter before registering, if this is important to you.


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