“I have applied to the CERN School of Computing in 2017 as a physics PhD student, following the advice of my supervisor.
I was sure I am going to learn a lot but I have to admit that I was a bit sceptical about the social aspects, so 2 weeks seemed long to me. However, it turned out to be one of the best experiences I had during my PhD. I have learned so much during the 2 weeks of intense lectures and hands on exercises. Because of the final exam that we had to take it took it to another level and I was really able to acquire new skills that proved to be useful in my scientific career.
And I was so wrong about the social aspects! The other participants, as well as the organisation team were amazing. I have met a lot of new friends and enjoyed exploring Madrid with them. To this day I have several good friends from that school and I have also met some brilliant scientists that I was able to collaborate with.
I sincerely suggest you to apply to this school because I think it is a perfect mix of hard work and pleasure.”