International Astronomical Youth Camp

The International Astronomical Youth Camp (IAYC) is a three-week long summer camp aiming to promote knowledge of astronomy and related sciences in a unique international atmosphere.

The IAYC is an experience unlike any other; a place for unforgettable memories and lifelong friendships. Young and enthusiastic students come together from all corners of the world, aged between 16 and 24. The camp hosts around 65 participants for three weeks in a remote location, with access to some of the most spectacular skies you may have ever seen.

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The amount of knowledge to be gained from the IAYC is limitless. You can learn to use telescopes, create incredible astro-photographs, and most of all work on a project of your own, guided by a leader who will help you to make some amazing discoveries. No previous astrophysical knowledge is required; all that is needed is a passion for astronomy and the night skies!


IAYC 2016 participants in Avebury stone circle (UK) on excursion day.

Would you like to know more?

  • You can find more information about what the camp is like here.
  • If you would like to apply for a future IAYC, we invite you to read the first info where details about the application process can be found.


Details of the IAYC 2024, check out this year’s working groups and apply online!

31 Dec 2023 by Ruurd

The next IAYC will be held in Germany at the Klingenthal Youth Hostel, from the 4th August to the 24th August!

09 Sep 2023 by Wanda

Statement on participation fee increase

05 Jan 2023 by Daniel Mortimer

Support the IAYC

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