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Program Update: 18 March 2020

Due to the ongoing situation with the Covid-19 global pandemic, we regret to advise that the NYSF has made the decision to terminate our International Program applications process and not send students to the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) in 2020.

The Australian Government’s travel advice for all countries has been upgraded today to Do Not Travel and this may be likely to remain in place for at least 6 months.

The LIYSF Program has been cancelled at this stage and is not taking applications for the 2020 Program. The LIYSF are currently taking applications for their 2021 Program here.


Each year, participants from the NYSF Year 12 Program have the opportunity to apply for places in International Programs. These programs offer participants the opportunity to further explore engagement in STEM in an international setting. This year the NYSF will be selecting students for the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) only. If you wish to apply for other International Programs normally facilitated by the NYSF you are now able to apply directly to the program. Further details on the NYSF London International Program and other International Programs open to Australian students are below.

London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF)

The London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) has been running for more than 50 years and attracts over 500 students from almost 75 countries for a two-week session. The NYSF is guaranteed places and is represented exclusively through the NYSF for Australian participants. Hosted by Imperial College in South Kensington, the students attend lectures by high-profile scientists and see some of the finest research labs in the UK. There are optional visits to Oxford and Cambridge and debates on controversial issues, not to mention the chance to join an instant global network.

We welcome applications to attend LIYSF from alumni of NYSF programs, as well as individuals who have not previously attended NYSF activities. Applicants must be between the age of 16 and 21, and must be in or completed year 12 at the commencement of the program. For more information on the application process, please contact us at

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Other Programs

Unlike previous years students wishing to apply to other International Programs are required to do so directly. For further information or to apply click on the program links below. 

International Science Summer School Heidelberg (ISSSH)

The students selected to attend this research-based program are hosted by the city of Heidelberg in Germany. This historic city is home to some of the world’s finest research institutes such as the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the Max Planck Institutes for Astronomy, Medical Research, and Nuclear Physics. NYSF has the opportunity to send three Australian students to join students from Europe, Asia and North America for the program.

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XLAB International Science Camp (XLAB)

Run in Goettingen in Germany, XLAB is hosted on the science campus of Georg August University and affiliated institutes and research organisations. The program is open to students aged 17 to 22 who are currently at high school or in the early years of their undergraduate degrees. Courses are offered in biology, chemistry and physics, and students get to do a range of hands on advanced experiments in small groups. There are also a range of excursions and social activities.

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National University of Singapore Science Summer Camp (NUS SSC)

The National University of Singapore (NUS) Science Summer Camp program offers an inspiring series of lectures and laboratory sessions conducted by experienced university professors, which will help students to discover their passion and potential in the field of science and technology. The camp includes visits to NUS’s state-of-the-art research centres for experiential learning in a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment. This program provides an excellent opportunity to interact and network with students from various countries and make new friends in the Asian region, as well as experience tours and excursions to top tourist destinations in Singapore.

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Michigan Math and Science Scholars (MMSS)

The Michigan Math and Science Scholars program is designed to offer a pre-college/university experience. Students will be exposed to the breadth of science research at the University of Michigan, one of the top universities in the United States. All students stay on-campus at the University of Michigan in dorms, and have access to a great range of athletic and leisure facilities. Students also have the option to participate in group trips in and around Ann Arbor. Once selected, students can choose from a range of classes taught by University of Michigan professors.

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