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Semester Abroad at CERN


The Physics Semester Abroad at CERN program is an opportunity for undergraduates at the University of Michigan to work with notable physicists and gain first-hand experience in the field. CERN, the largest particle physics laboratory in the world, is located just outside of Geneva, Switzerland and hosts an average of 12,000 researchers. Students will participate in ongoing research from a wide range of high energy research topics, such as assisting with Higgs boson analysis, supersymmetry searches, trigger studies, detector development and upgrade, and many other physics and engineering projects. They will become part of an active CERN research group engaged in real ongoing analyses. 



An application is required to be considered for this opportunity. Students do not have to be a declared physics major, but they should have a career interest in physics and be enrolled in at least 300-level PHYSICS coursework before going abroad. Students can apply anytime beginning in their sophomore year. No academic credit is granted, so students will need to withdraw from the University during the term in which they are abroad.


Students accepted into the program will receive a stipend of $10,000 that will be used towards their airfare and living expenses while in Switzerland. There are no program fees. 


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to run this program in Winter 2022, but as of now, we are making plans to offer the program in both Fall 2022 and Winter 2023. Updated application dates and deadlines will appear here as more information becomes available.

Questions about the program can be directed to