Student Applications 2020

 *** As of 16 March 2020, applications are now closed ***

Application Process:

PROMYS Europe is a programme for pre-university students who will be at least 16 years old by the start of the programme. Applicants may be in any year of secondary school or sixth form college including their final year. Students attending state-funded schools, independent or private schools, home schools, and other types of schools are all eligible to apply. PROMYS Europe is open to students ordinarily resident in Europe; this includes all countries adjacent to the Mediterranean.

Lectures, discussions, and problem sets are in English. Applicants should possess English language skills which are strong enough to enable full participation. It is the responsibility of students to check, and to comply with, any visa regulations which may apply to them.

The application process includes a challenging problem set, a teacher recommendation form, and an application form which includes short essay questions about interest in attending PROMYS Europe.

PROMYS Europe seeks to attract applicants of the hightest ability and potential, regardless of background. Decisions on the admission of students will be based solely on individual merit, assessed by the application components outlined above.

PLEASE NOTE: Students who are eligible for PROMYS Europe may apply either to PROMYS Europe or to PROMYS at Boston University. They may not apply to both for the same summer.

If you have any questions, please contact us at


Application for pre-university students applying to attend PROMYS Europe for the first time:

Please note that by clicking any of the links below, you will open a new tab containing the online application material on the University of Oxford Mathematical Institute website.

To be submitted by the applicant

  1. Problem set solutions. Please upload your solutions to the Problem Set (as a single PDF no larger than 10MB) with your online application. If you are handwriting your solutions, please use black ink and wide margins so that a scan of your work will be legible. Please do not send a photo/JPEG of your solutions since we are generally unable to read these.
  2. Online application form.  You will be asked to upload your problem set solutions with your application. The deadline for receipt of first year application materials is shown on the form. 

    To be submitted by the applicant's teacher

  3. Online teacher recommendation form. Please ask one of your mathematics teachers to complete the form (this could be your maths teacher in school, a maths tutor/coach or a maths professor). This does not need to be submitted at the same time as the student application, only by the application deadline. Please note: it is the applicant's responsibility to ask one of their mathematics teachers to complete this form. We strongly encourage you to follow up with your teacher to ensure the recommendation is submitted by the application deadline, shown on the application form. Students are permitted only one teacher recommendation. If more than one recommendation is submitted PROMYS Europe will only consider the first one.


Equality Monitoring:

There is an optional form for equality monitoring purposes which will be sent to you once you have submitted your application. This form is completely anonymised and will not affect your application or the selection process.


Application for returning students:

***As of 3 February 2020, applications are now closed***

Pre-university students who attended PROMYS Europe in one year and who wish to return in a subsequent year are required simply to complete a brief application form. Applications usually open in January each year.



If you wish to make us aware of a disability for which you may need support, then you may do so by writing to either when you submit your application or when you receive an offer. Successful applicants with a disability will be given the opportunity to discuss their needs, and we will make reasonable adjustments to accommodate the needs of disabled participants and applicants.