General Information

Details about the International Summer Science Institute (ISSI), the program structure, a schedule for a typical day at the program, and many additional aspects of the most stimulating summer of science can be found below.

Participant Ages:
ISSI is open to talented science-oriented students who graduated from high school or are at their early stages of their undergraduate studies. Applicants must be at least 18 year old prior to the program’s start date.

General 2020 Schedule: 
The 2020 program will begin on July 7, 2020 (arrival on July 6), ending July 30, 2020 (departure on July 31).

Program Structure: 
The first three weeks are devoted to experimental research in the laboratory and also include supplemental lectures presented by senior Weizmann Institute scientists, departmental seminars, and visits to several state-of-the-art research
facilities on campus. Students are encouraged to prepare and lead seminars on their topics of interest.
Upon completion of laboratory work, participants will deliver an oral presentation to their peers and mentors and submit a written report.
On the program’s final week, participants travel to the Judean Desert and the Negev with expert guides from Sde Boker Field School. During this week, student groups learn desert survival and study the wildlife, ecology, archeology, and history of the surrounding area, primarily through first-hand experience – extensive nature hikes, field experiments, wildlife observation, and demonstrations.
Daily Schedule:
Here is an example of a typical day’s schedule at the program:

  • 07:30  Wakeup
  • 08:15 to 09:00  Breakfast
  • 09:00 to 13:30  Lab projects
  • 13:30 to 14:15  Lunch
  • 14:30 to 17:00  Lab projects
  • 17:00 to 21:30  Dinner, prep time, evening programs, and free time

The schedule includes free time, social activities, group discussion, and more. Emphasis is placed on participant involvement in planning the events and programs. Students will serve on the social, journal, or sports committees. Tours to Jerusalem, Israel’s north, and Eilat are also part of the itinerary. During their free time, participants can enjoy the extensive recreational (including a swimming pool, basketball courts, soccer fields) and library facilities on campus.

The first three weeks of the program take place in the Institute’s laboratories.
The fourth week is spent at the Sde Boker Field School in the Negev with extensive hikes in the Judean desert, near the Dead Sea, the Negev, as well as Eilat.