Q: When will the IDCSS 2021 take place?
A: The IDCSS 2021 will take place in October 2021. The first week of lectures will take place in the week of the 4th of October, and the second week of lectures in the week of the 18th of October. The program will be concluded on Friday the 22nd of October. The week of the 11th of October will be dedicated to the challenges. Lectures will be livestreamed in the evenings (Indian time) and assignments will be asynchronous, so participants do not have to reserve time on top of their normal academic schedules.
Q: How much time should I reserve for the School’s courses and assignments?
A: Students are expected to be engaged part-time in the School’s programme, so as not to be hindered in fulfilling their academic obligations in their respective universities. More specifically, attendants will be required to spend approximately 20 hours on lectures and 10 hours in assignments, spread out over 3 weeks.
Q: When will the final programme details be released?
A: The final programme details are expected in due time, including details about courses and lecturers. Details on the assignments will be released halfway through the courses, in which time the selection of participants among the pool of students will be made.
Q: I don’t fulfil all the criteria. Can I apply to the School?
A: Yes you can! Your motivation and acquired knowledge about cyber security also matters. Students who fulfil the criteria and are also highly motivated will be given priority.
Q: Is there a participation fee?
A: There is no participation fee.
Q: When will I be notified whether I have been selected or not?
A: We will inform applicants whether or not they have been selected towards the last week of September.
Q: How are courses going to be conducted?
A: This year’s courses are going to be conducted online. Participants will need a digital device (desktop, laptop or smartphone) that is using enough bandwidth in order to be able to attend the lectures, which are going to be livestreamed.
Q: Will I receive credits?
A: No credits will be awarded automatically. A selected number of students will be selected to work on group assignments and prepare relevant presentations, but they are not going to be tested on materials provided during courses and assignments. Attendants will have to contact the academic coordinators of their respective academic programmes to find out whether there is a possibility to waiver some of their academic obligations.
Students who manage to successfully complete the online courses will receive a certificate of attendance by the end of the programme.
Q: Are there accommodation concerns?
A: In previous versions of the IDCSS, participants in The Netherlands were in some cases eligible for a discount on a room reservation at The Hague Student Hotel on a first come first serve basis.
However, given that the IDCSS 2021 will be conducted online due to the coronavirus pandemic, accommodation concerns will not be an issue.