Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find answers to many questions. Please check this list before contacting us, you might find the answer here.
How to register?
Registration is only possible using the on-line registration form and is conditional until you have paid by on-line payment or bank transfer (within three weeks of the reception of the invoice).
If you pay with the online payment, you will be registered as soon as you receive the payment confirmation.
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.
Who can apply?
Everyone who is interested; there are no formal requirement. Note that many workshops have some prerequisites.
The Summer School workshops are conceived for those who need to deepen and widen their methodological knowledge and skills for their work, research projects and (PhD) theses: students, junior and senior researchers, practitioners from academia and outside academia at any stage of their careers whenever the need for further training in methodology arises.
Can undergraduate students attend?
Although the courses have been mostly conceived to answer the needs of postgraduate students, doctoral students and researchers who need the methods taught in their research projects, there a no formal requirements: anyone who is motivated can apply.
Is there a deadline for registration?
There is no specific deadline for registration. As long as a workshop is not fully booked, registrations are accepted.
This being said, most courses fill up quickly and will have a waiting list; and if the waiting list gets too long registration will be closed for that workshops. (Check the “Status” column on the workshop list).
Problems with the online application?
Technical problems, like our server not working (problems, maintenance periods), disturbances on the Internet or in your local network, happen. Waiting some time usually makes the problem go away.
If you experience other internet related problems (web browsing, e-mail) the problem might be local or even specific to your computer. If nothing helps, drop us a note.
What happens if I send the form more than once?
Unless you have already received your payment request, we will only take into account the last form you have sent. In our experience a number of registrants change their mind or need to make corrections soon after they registered.
If you wish to make corrections etc weeks later please do not use on-line registration but send us an e-mail instead.
When do I receive my confirmation?
If you pay with on-line payment, the payment confirmation will be automatically sent.
If you pay by bank transfer, we will send out payment request weekly after registration opens, less frequently later when the number of registrations decreases (every 10-15 days), a bit longer during the Easter period and during summer vacations.
You will receive a confirmation once we have received your payment.
If you did not receive your payment request two weeks after registration, something went wrong (on-line registration problem, e-mail problems, etc) and you should contact us.
Do I receive a confirmation of payment (receipt)?
Yes. USI will send you a confirmation e-mail when payment has arrived. The application is conditional until reception of the payment within 5 weeks. If the payment has not arrived within the five weeks, you will receive a reminder e-mail. Note that we will only send a single reminder. If you do not pay within the deadline specified in the reminder e-mail, your application will be cancelled without further notice.
I would like to change my registration. What should I do?
If you would like to change your workshop selection, add a workshop or cancel one of the workshops, please do not use the online application form a second time. Send an email to email@example.com and explain what you would like to change.
Do I receive information before the Summer School starts?
Normally, other than the payment request and a confirmation of the reception of your payment, you will not receive any personal message from us.
Possible exception: a reminder e-mail, if payment does not reach us within the three week period after reception of the invoice and our Newsletter.
All information regarding the Summer School can be found on this website.
Subscribe to the mailing list in order to have more information about the workshops.
Who is entitled to register for the reduced fee?
You can apply for the reduced fee if you are student (any level: bachelor, master, PhD, post-doctoral).
You need to send proof of your student status, copy of a (valid) student id, letter of recommendation from your supervisor, or any document that shows that you are currently a student.
Does the Summer School offer any grant or subsidy?
No, the Summer School is financed exclusively by participant’s fee and has no resources of its own.
Does the Swiss National Science Foundation offer grants for Summer Schools?
No, the SNSF does not offer grants to attend Summer Schools.
I have been placed on the waiting list. What does it mean?
When a workshop you have selected is full, you will be placed on a waiting list, i.e. you cannot attend that workshop, unless a place becomes free for that workshop.
When a place becomes free, we will send you an e-mail message informing you (we will also send a payment request).
I have been placed on the waiting list for one workshop, but I have been accepted for another
You will then receive a payment request only for the workshop you have been accepted for. You have to pay within three weeks (or less when you register close to the Summer School) to make the registration final.
You cannot wait to find out whether a place becomes available for the other workshop.
I have been placed on the waiting list. What are my chances to attend the workshop?
During the first period (the first six to twelve weeks after registration opens, i.e. February to April/May, later for less popular workshops) up to 25% of the registrants cancel or are removed, for different reasons.
- If you register early and are placed on a waiting list, chances are quite good for you to attend.
- If you are still on the waiting list after late April/early May, chances to attend are decreasing.
A late cancellation implies that the workshop fees are not reimbursed, fully or partially
What happens if a workshop is cancelled due to too few participants?
If there are not enough confirmed participants by June 15th, a workshop may be cancelled up to that date.
If that happens, you will be informed by e-mail and you will then have two choices:
- Ask us to reimburse the course fees;
- Attend one of the other workshops, unless they are fully booked.
Can I earn ECTS credits from the Summer School?
The Summer School cannot grant credits. We only deliver a Certificate of attendance, i.e. we certify your
If you consider using Summer School workshops to obtain credits (ECTS), you will have to investigate at your home institution (contact the person/institute responsible for your degree) to find out whether they recognize the Summer School, how many credits can be earned from a workshop/course with roughly 35 hours of teaching, no graded work, and no exams.
Make sure to investigate this matter before registering, if this is important to you.
What are the conditions to receive the certificate of attendance?
You will deliver a “Certificate of attendance”, when you assist all five days fully. Absences (half day increments) will be noted on the Certificate.
We do not deliver a certificate to a participant who has attended less than three full days.
Do I have to be present all five days?
Yes. The workshops are very intensive, both the more formal presentations (50% of the time) and the practical work on assignments and project work (50% of the time).
Many workshops will have an important group-project component and these projects are defined at the beginning and presented on the last day.
How do I prepare the Summer School?
Check the section on prerequisites and readings in the workshop description. Consider clearly how the skills and knowledge you will acquire fit into your projects. Depending on the topic and didactic options, some workshop instructors encourage you to present your own data or problems, but – to avoid disappointment – do not expect, time being short, that all your problems will be solved. Again, carefully read the workshop description to understand what to expect.
Do I need to bring a laptop and install software on it?
No laptop is required: all practical work (for workshops using computer software) will be done in the computing labs of the University and all necessary software will be installed there.
You can of course work on your own computer, if the software the workshop uses is correctly installed and if you have, for commercial software, a valid licence for it. Do not forget to have a USB stick handy to copy data and other material the instructor might provide from the lab computers to your personal computer.
Does the Summer School organize drinks (breaks) and meals?
No this is a Summer University. No drinks and meals are provided.
There is a restaurant in the main building, as well as various vending machines (drinks, snacks). There is however a welcome reception on Monday (first and second week).