Summer Programs: International School for Young Physicists

The ISSYP program (International Summer School for Young Physicists) is a summer program that provides an opportunity for high school students to explore physics and experience university-level research. The program is held at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada. ISSYP started 20 years ago and includes over 900 alumni from 60 countries. It is an intensive two-week online program for Canadian and international high school students. This program is highly recommended for students who are interested in theoretical physics.

During the two weeks, the participants of ISSYP experienced an enriching environment. The students are given mini lessons that provide a sound conceptual introduction to the profound and revolutionary ideas at the foundations of modern physics, including topics like quantum mechanics, special relativity, cosmology, general relativity, and black holes.

The students are expected to do some reading and preparation before the sessions with the instructors. Students also get the opportunity to conduct simple experiments at home. Some sessions are conducted by alumni and researchers and they discuss the deep mysteries facing 21st-century theoretical physicists. They also answer any questions related to university, research careers, and “Life as a Physicist”.


The students in grades 11 and 12 are eligible to apply for this program. They should have a strong academic background and a passion for physics and mathematics. There are 30 to 40 participants each year. 50% of the students are from Canada.

Application Components:

  1. Personal Information Form

  2. Extracurricular Activities and Essay

  3. Teacher Assessment: The Teacher Assessment should be completed by a teacher, principal or guidance counselor. It includes an information form, written assessment, and assessment form.

  4. Reference Letter: The Reference Letter should be provided by a mentor.

  5. Upload Transcript and Interim Report Card

  6. Applicant Consent Form

  7. Parent/Guardian Consent Form

Cost of Attendance

The ISSYP program costs $250.

In conclusion, the ISSYP program provides a unique opportunity for high school students to explore physics and experience university-level research.

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