European School of Instrumentation
in Particle & Astroparticle Physics

Home Thematic Schools Discover ESIPAP Practical information

Practical information

N.B. Given the present world-wide public health situation, we are obliged to adapt ESIPAP 2021 to a remote teaching format but we do not intend to compromise on academic standards.  The following information refers to the traditional face-to-face format which we hope to reinstate in 2022 if circumstances allow.


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

- Specifics

- Accommodation 

- Opening Day 

- Meals at school


You need assistance or have questions about your stay ? Contact us at



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



Please remember to bring your lap-top along with the appropriate power socket adaptor.
Our lecture theatres have individual wire (RJ45) connexion to internet and we strongly recommend you to bring an adapter if your PC/Mac is not equipped with an RJ45 ethernet plug. We will provide RJ45 cables only (no adapters).
Every lecture materials will be at your disposal on Indico, please select in the menu on the left “INDICO”

There will be also some lecturer asking you to use calculator : please bring along this tool if you have it.




Residence la Colombière**** 

This camping site offers modern and comfortable mobile-homes and chalets fully equipped for the winter season 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. 

Kitchenware and bedding are included but there are no bath towels. 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 mobile-home.

Mandatory Deposit: On the arrival day the Residence ask for a refundable cash deposit of €50.00.

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-term participants, here is a list of nearby hotels :

> Short walking distance (less than 5 mins) :

IBIS Archamps (***)   

Hôtel Archamps 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 La Colombière for extra nights)

- Breaksfast or meals are NOT included (shops for groceries are a 10-minute walk)

- Towels are NOT provided at Residence La Colombière

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



Opening day

Meeting time at 12.00 (lunch offered by ESI)

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 students on social networks (Facebook, LinkedIn) to organise

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 your own vehicle, we encourage you to come with it for the duration of the course.

This will facilitate your daily travel between the school and the residence, as well as excursions 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 advise you to bring 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.


Monday 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

Each week ESI organises an after-work food-truck for participants and lecturer, also inviting former students working locally 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 a 10-minute walk from the residence.

At school, a student cafeteria is available with micro-waves and a large refrigerator. A free hot-drinks distributor is also available.