Mar 01, 2019

The National Computer Science School (NCSS)

  • Crimson Education
  • The University of Sydney
Workshop Skill Building Summer Program


The National Computer Science School (NCSS) 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 in computer programming and website development in the School of Computer Science at the University of Sydney. The programme runs in early January.

NCSS has been offered in various formats since 1996, when it was initiated by the University's Foundation for Information Technology. In 2015 NCSS celebrated 20 years of the programme.

NCSS is organised by the Australian Computing Academy at the University of Sydney. The school is completely residential, with all students staying with NCSS staff in full-board accommodation provided by The Women's College, within the main Camperdown campus of The University of Sydney.

The cost of NCSS is heavily subsidised by sponsors, allowing them to make the cost per student approximately $440.

For more information visit the official website here

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range




Participation Cost


Between $400 and $500

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


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 programme as proficient programmers will also find plenty of material to extend their skills.

Time Commitment


One-off event, ten days long

Application Process Includes

Apply on website


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