National Computer Science School (NCSS) Summer School

About the NCSS Summer School

The National Computer Science School (NCSS) Summer School is a ten-day summer school for students going into years 11 and 12. NCSS brings together talented young people from around Australia for an intensive course of computer programming and website development at university.

NCSS 2020 will run Friday 3 – Sunday 12 January 2021 (inclusive) at the University of Sydney. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the University of Melbourne node will not run in 2021.

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NCSS has been offered in various formats since 1996 and is organised by the Australian Computing Academy at the University of Sydney. From 2020, the University of Melbourne is partnering with NCSS to offer a Melbourne-based summer school.

The school is completely residential, with all students staying with NCSS staff in full-board accommodation provided on campus.

The cost of the Summer School is heavily subsidised by our sponsors, allowing us to make the cost per student $500 in 2020.

Designed for

Year 11 and Year 12 students (commencing in 2021)


Friday 3 – Sunday 12 January 2021 (inclusive)

Where in Sydney

Students will reside at the Women’s College, University of Sydney, and attend lectures and workshops at the University of Sydney.

Program details

For program details including a sample 1-day program, visit the National Computer Science School website.

Application process

Applications for NCSS 2021 are now closed. Applications for 2022 will open next year.

2022 NCSS applications will be accepted from students who will complete Year 11 in 2021, and from exceptionally gifted Year 10 students. Selection of students will be based on academic performance, particularly in the subjects of mathematics and science, and demonstrated interest in computing. Personal qualities, such as community service, and social and teamwork skills will also be taken into consideration.

No prior knowledge of computing is assumed. Students who are not taking computing units of study at school are eligible to apply. Rest assured that students who enter the program as proficient programmers will also find plenty of material to extend their skills.


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