Charged Particl Optics: Theory and Simulation
   Project coordinator: Prof. Theo Zouros,
    Dept. of Physics, University of Crete
   Copyright 2010

   This project has been funded with support
   from the European Commission

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CPOTS 2013 Students

Deadline for student applications (with ALL supporting documentation): March 15, 2013.

General Information

  • All interested students must apply according to CPOTS 2013 student application procedures below
  • Applying students must have the required prerequisites listed below
  • Only students of the IP partner institutions are financially subsidized according to IP travel and subsistence cost rules.
  • The CPOTS 2013 IP will be limited to 20 subsidized students selected on the merits of their applications. Additional students from the partnership might also be partially or fully supported under IP rules depending on additional funding availability.
  • A special CPOTS2013 attendance diploma from the Physics Dept. of the University of Crete will be awarded to each participant. Financially subsidized students are required to attend all lectures and labs.
  • 6 ECTS credits will be awarded after successfully passing a final exam.


  • March 15, 2013 deadline for all applications
  • April 15, 2013 acceptance reply
  • August 15, 2013 arrival at CPOTS 2013 in Heraklion - reception/registration
  • August 16, 2013 First day of lectures
  • August 30, 2013 Last day of lectures
  • August 31, 2013 departure from CPOTS 2013


  • Good overall student record as demonstrated by undergraduate grade transcript and GPA.
  • Advanced undergraduate courses in electrodynamics and classical mechanics.
  • Evidence of Good knowledge of the English Language at least at the B2 level. An oral interview in English might also be deemed necessary.
  • Some knowledge of computer skills in a programming language (e.g. C, C++, Fortran, etc.)


6 ECTS credits will be awarded to interested students upon passing a final exam demonstrating skills in theory and the simulation laboratory. A final exam is given at the end of each two-day lecture unit including a laboratory exam at the end of the course.

Important: Please note that accreditation can only be given to students who are present at all lectures/labs within the 10 day work programme of the IP (as certified by their attendance sheet).

Work programme and classes

The detailed work programme for the 2 weeks of the course includes reception, orientation meeting, classes, organized weekend excursions etc. This programme will be updated on a regular basis as more details become finalized.

Health and Travel Insurance

It is advised that all students secure some form of emergency health and/or travel insurance.

Required documents for CPOTS 2013 student applications

  1. CPOTS2013 Application form
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV) form including photo and Short Essay (up to 300 words) in English explaining interest in CPOTS and expectations from the course
  3. Official grade transcript (in English) of all university courses taken including the overall grade average.
  4. Other (suggested but not necessary):
    • Proof of adequate knowledge of the English language (scanned photocopy of highest level English language diploma or equivalent)
    • Recommendation Letter

Application material should be sent by e-mail to the contact person of the IP partner university by the above deadline. Post deadline applications may not be considered.

Recommendation letters are confidential and should be sent by the person writing the recommendation by e-mail directly to the contact person of the IP partner university.

Only students from the official CPOTS 2013 IP institutions are allowed to participate with support from IKY/EU.

An interview in English to directly assess English ability should be arranged by the official contact person of the IP partner university if thought to be necessary.

Acceptance decisions will be e-mailed by the project coordinator directly to the applicant by April 15, 2013.

IP travel and subsistence costs for Greece 2012-2013.

Student Travel: 90% of the actual cost up to a max of 300-500 euros depending on country of travel.

Student Subsistence: 20 euros/day or 300 euros/15 days. This amount is paid directly towards housing in the special apartment hotel where all students will stay.

More information on costs can be found at the link Subsistence & Travel > Support

Special Housing Arrangements

Since the per diem subsidy for students is rather limited, it is quite common for IPs to have students (and teachers if they so elect) stay at the same prearranged apartment hotel for a better price. In this case, 2, 3 or even 4 students (usually from the same university) typically share an apartment with cooking facilities to further reduce expenses. In this case, the student daily allowance is usually sufficient to cover the price of accommodation and the project coordinator pays directly to the hotel thus avoiding delays of individual compensations. Thus, additional expenses are just limited to the cost of lunch and dinner. Lunch and dinner can be bought cheaply (3-5 euros/meal) at the University of Crete restaurant.

Arrangements for such a scenario have already been made with apartment hotels in Ammoudara, about 5km from the Physics Dept. of the Univ. of Crete and very close to the beach. Unfortunately public transportation from Ammoudara to the university requires two bus changes, takes about an hour and costs about 3 euros/trip/person. Thus, it is suggested that the university be accessed either by private car rental (see below) or taxi shared amongst 4 participants at a total price of about 8 euros/trip.

Special effort will made this year to secure a possible shuttle service at an affordable price.

Car rental

Previous IP experience has shown that car rental shared amongst the students can be particularly beneficial both for going back and forth to the lectures on a daily basis, but also for exploring the island over the weekends.

We therefore highly endorse this idea and will help with its implementation. Special car rental deals will be arranged through the CPOTS IP. Typical cost is about 30 euros/day/car + gasoline. Interested students should contact the project coordinator by e-mail.

Last Update: 07/12/12 09:29:06