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Practical information

We make a point of ensuring that you enjoy your experience at ESI !

- Specifics

- Accommodation 

- Local Transport

- Meals at school


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Visits & Practical works at CERN

You will ABSOLUTELY need your passport (or ID) and VISA (when applicable) for excursions and visits.


Lectures / tutorials / exams

Students are required to bring their own lap-top or tablet along with an appropriate international power adaptor (French sockets at ESI ; Swiss sockets at CERN, PSI).

All course materials will be available for download in pdf format from the Indico platform.

See menu on the left: INDICO


Note that hard copies of lecture slides will NOT be distributed. We therefore strongly recommend that you have software which allows you to annotate pdf files.


Lecture theatres have individual cable connexion (RJ45)  to internet and we strongly recommend that you bring an appropriate adapter if your PC/Mac/tablet is not equipped with an RJ45 ethernet plug. ESI will provide RJ45 cables only (no adapters). WiFi is available elsewhere in the building.


For some tutorials you may need a scientific calculator, compass, set square, protractor, etc. ESI only has a small supply of such tools, so please bring your own if you have them.


Students taking the exams will have access to downloaded course materials on their pc/tablet/laptop (during the exams, the internet connexion is off and mobile telephones must be deposited with the supervising lecturer). Scientific calculators are allowed during exams.




Residence la Colombière**** 

This camping site offers very nice and comfortable Mobil-Home and Chalet fully equipped for the

winter season. These Mobile-homes are fully equipped with a kitchenette, sink, refrigerator and micro-wave,

coffee machine, living room with French TV, bath room with shower and toilet.

A self-service laundry area with washing machines and tumble dryers is available on site. 

About the equipment, dishes and bedding are included but there are no bath towel. Please remember to bring your own towels.


If you ask ESI to arrange your accommodation (negociated prices for weekly stay), you will have an individual room in a shared Mobil-Home.

Mandatory Deposit: On the arrival day the Residence ask for a deposit of 50€ in cash for the cleaning.

On your last day you will make an appointment with the reception. If your accommodation is clean you will get your deposit back.


For those wishing to make their own arrangements for accommodation, or for short participants, here is a list of nearby hotels :

> Short walking distance (less than 5 mins) :

IBIS Archamps (***)  

Best Western Porte Sud de Genève (****)

> Short walking distance (less than 15 mins) :


> Ride by car (less than 10 minutes) :



We kindly ask to note that :

- Extra nights before or after the school dates are NOT included (contact the residence for extra nights)

- Breaksfast or meals are NOT included (shops for groceries available locally, 10 minutes by walk)

- Towels are NOT provided at Residence La Colombière

- ESI will NOT organize accommodation for short participants, only for participants coming for a full
course (4 weeks lectures + 1 week exams)



Local Transport

Opening day : meeting time at 12:00 (lunch offered)

On the first day we kindly ask you to reach Archamps by your own mean of transportation.

Prior to the school, we will invite you to connect with each other on social network (Facebook) to organised

shared taxi from Geneva airport if you wish. We will then escort you to the residence on the first day.

For the duration of the course, ESI will organise daily transfer from and to the residence.


Archamps Technopole :

The school is located on a business park, where the public transport service is limited.

If you have a personal car, we strongly advise you to come with your own car for the duration of the course.

This will facilitate your daily travel between the school and the residence, as well as excursion on weekends.

Find more information to reach Archamps by your own mean of transportation here 


Daily access to local facilities : 

A cash dispenser and supermarket are available at walking distance from the residence.

Please note that these services along with tobacconist’s shop are NOT available at walking distance from the school. We encourage you to take some cash with you upon your arrival at Geneva.



Meals at school

Coffee breaks 

ESI offers two coffee breaks per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.


Mondays' working lunch

ESI offers a lunch buffet every Monday, shared with ESIPAP school students and all lecturers from both schools. Menus include vegan dishes.


After work dinners

Every two weeks, ESI organises After work evenings’ share with all : school participants, lecturers, and former students available to join us ! A good opportunity to meet and discuss !

ESI proposes various type of dinner. Thank to our caterers, you will have the chance to enjoy different sort of food : the French burgers, lebanese food and more to discover !

Menus include vegan dishes.

Please note that these meals and coffee breaks costs are included in the tuition.


Other meals

For the rest of the week, you will have to provide your own meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

Shops for groceries are available, 10 minutes by walk from the residence.

At school, a student cafeteria is available with micro-waves and a large refrigerator. Tea and coffee making facilities are also available.