Frequently Asked Questions

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When, where and for how long does the ISH take place?

It takes place every summer for 4 weeks in Heidelberg. (For details, download the program)


Who can apply for the ISH?

The candidates should be in the second last or last year of grammar school and resident in one of the sister cities or countries of the partner organizations.


How many applicants can participate?

Each sister city / partner organization chooses 3 candidates.


How are the candidates selected?

First of all the sister city or partner organization narrows the number of applicants down to three. The Scientific Advisory Board of the ISH checks the scientific abilities.


Who has to take part in the telephone interview?

If English is not your mother tongue, a short telephone conversation will be arranged in March / April.

In which language is the ISH held?

The official language is ENGLISH. All courses and activities are held in English.


What does it cost to participate?

Each participant has to pay a fee of 300 € for accommodation, half-board, practical training and supporting programme.


What about the travel costs?

All travel costs are to be borne by the participants, if the sister city or partner organization does not bear them. (Please ask your responsible office!)

Are there extra costs?

The participant has to pay for his/her lunch, which will be about 100 €. If the participant likes to buy extra drinks and/or snacks like coffee, ice-cream, ... it will be approximately another 80 €. Besides that it depends on the participant how much extra money is needed for shopping and/or souvenirs.

What kind of presentations will I have to do?

The introductory day includes presentations on the city or country you come from. It should take about 10 minutes if you work alone. You can work in groups so that we have one single presentation per city - in this case the presentation should take 15 minutes.

In the last week of the ISH there will be another presentation, in which you will present the work you have done the last weeks at the research institutes. Those who have worked in teams at the institutes will also give the presentation together. This should take about 15 minutes, if you work alone it should take around 10 minutes.

You can use any medium you like. PowerPoint is frequently used.


I am student in Heidelberg - can I also take part at the ISH?

There are special conditions for Heidelberg students: You can only take part in the introductory week and in cultural framework program. For that you have to be a candidate for the "National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)" in Australia.

Each year, the principals of Heidelberg secondary schools nominate two sixth formers as candidate for NYSF.

For further information please contact your principal or the Mayor's Office, Town Twinnings (see below).




For any further questions please contact the


City of Heidelberg
Mayor's Office
Viola Frech
Marktplatz 10
69117 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 6221 58-10220