Students and counsellors at PROMYS Europe 2015
Participants in PROMYS Europe 2015
Participants in PROMYS Europe 2015
Professor Ben Green visiting PROMYS Europe 2015
Professor Andrew Wiles at PROMYS Europe 2015

PROMYS Europe 2016

Dates: 10 July to 20 August, 2016
Wadham College, University of Oxford.

Please click HERE for details of the PROMYS Europe programme.


Applications are no longer being accepted for PROMYS Europe 2016. 

Eligible to Apply: Pre-university students aged 16 and up who are ordinarily resident in Europe

Cost and Financial Aid

Thanks to generous support from our partners, the cost to a student's family is £1,000 for tuition, room, and board. Full and partial need-based financial aid is also available. PROMYS Europe is dedicated to the principle that no student should be unable to attend for financial reasons.

More information is on the Financial Aid page here 


PROMYS Europe is a partnership of PROMYS; the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford; the Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI); and Wadham College, University of Oxford.

PROMYS Europe is a challenging programme designed to encourage mathematically ambitious secondary school students to explore the creative world of mathematics. Carefully selected pre-university students from around Europe gather at Wadham College, Oxford University for six weeks of rigorous mathematical activity.

Through their intensive efforts to solve an assortment of unusually challenging problems in Number Theory, participants practice the art of mathematical discovery. The problem sets encourage students to design their own numerical experiments and to employ their own powers of analysis to discover mathematical patterns, formulate and test conjectures, and justify their ideas by devising their own mathematical proofs.

PROMYS Europe participants are asked to work beyond their centres of competence and to push the limits of their knowledge. The PROMYS Europe community of first-year students, returning students, undergraduate counsellors, faculty, research mentors, and visiting mathematicians provides all participants with a highly supportive and collaborative environment within which to learn.

In 2015, PROMYS Europe participants enjoyed guest lectures from the following University of Oxford mathematicians: Professor Sir Andrew Wiles, Professor Minhyong Kim, Professor Ben Green, Dr James Maynard, Dr David Conlon, and Dr Heather Harrington. Returning students and counsellors were offered an advanced seminar in Graph Theory led by Dr. Vicky Neale (University of Oxford).  Students and counsellors participated in exploration labs and mentored research projects. In addition, counsellors presented twenty-three mini courses and seminars on a wide range of mathematical topics.

PROMYS Europe is closely modelled on the very successful 27-year-old PROMYS programme at Boston University. Professor Glenn Stevens, the founder and Director of PROMYS Europe is also the founder and Director of PROMYS. 

Please click HERE to visit the Overview of PROMYS Europe page.


Video about PROMYS. Students, faculty, and alums of the program were filmed and interviewed during PROMYS 2013 at Boston University and at the 25th Summer of PROMYS Celebration, 5-7 July, 2013. 

Partners of PROMYS Europe 

PROMYS Europe would not have been possible without the financial and intellectual support of the Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI), long-standing partners of PROMYS. In addition to providing general financial support for PROMYS Europe including financial aid and subsidizing the cost for all participants, CMI funds the seminar for advanced students. 

CMI and PROMYS conceived of and created PROMYS Europe together. CMI funded the CMI-PROMYS Scholarships and the Oxford Masterclasses in 2013 and 2014. These programmes have had a profound effect on the European students who participated, and the programmes served as pilots for PROMYS Europe. CMI also funded and co-organized the 2013 CMI-PROMYS Oxford Workshop on Developing Exceptional Talent in Mathematics which gathered leaders of mathematics education from around Europe to discuss bringing a PROMYS-style mathematical immersion opportunity to mathematics-loving secondary school students in Europe. 

The Mathematical Institute, the University of Oxford’s Department of Mathematics, is also an essential mathematical partner in PROMYS Europe. Professor David Conlon and Professor Alexander Ritter, the 2013 and 2014 Directors of the Oxford Masterclasses, are faculty members at Oxford University and Fellows of Wadham College. PROMYS Europe will continue to benefit from the close partnership with the Mathematical Institute, as it did in 2014 when Professor Sir Roger Penrose, Wadham Emeritus Fellow, gave a Guest Lecture on Penrose Tiling to the CMI-PROMYS Scholars at the Oxford Masterclasses and in 2015 when Professor Sir Andrew Wiles gave a PROMYS Europe Guest Lecture titled "Ideal class groups of quadratic number fields."

PROMYS Europe is also grateful for the partnership of Wadham College, Oxford University. A generous Wadham College donor supported the Oxford Masterclasses in 2013 and 2014. Wadham College and generous Wadham College donors are now providing support for PROMYS Europe.


Please click HERE to download the 2016 PROMYS Europe flyer

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"PROMYS has done very impressive work over many years in creating an environment in Boston in which young mathematicians from all over the United States can immerse themselves in serious mathematical problems over several weeks, without distraction. It is an exciting development that PROMYS and the Clay Institute have now opened up the same opportunity in Europe."

Sir Andrew Wiles, Royal Society Research Professor, University of Oxford

What PROMYS Europe Students Say

“PROMYS is all about exploration and learning through experimentation, building the tools to ask and then tackle progressively more difficult and interesting questions. This makes the work deeply satisfying, because the results one discovers not only feel but truly are deep and meaningful mathematics."

“I think that six weeks were the right length although they felt really short and I would not have minded staying for a longer time.“

“There were plenty of counsellors, friends and professors whom I could approach for help.“

“Other math camps are far more specialised on competition math which is OK but the research perspective of PROMYS teaches mathematically far more and is more satisfying. The longer time is also better.“

“I was astonished how PROMYS had scheduled lots of talks from experts, and how we even got to talk to these brilliant mathematicians.”

“The food and accommodation was simply perfect, almost pure luxury!”

Please click here and here for more student and counsellor testimonials

CMI-PROMYS Scholarships and Oxford Masterclasses

In 2013 and 2014, two very successful pilot programmes for PROMYS Europe were run: the CMI-PROMYS Scholarships and the Oxford Masterclasses. 24 CMI-PROMYS Scholars from 11 European countries immersed themselves in mathematics first for six weeks at PROMYS at Boston University and then for one week at the Oxford Masterclasses at Wadham College. The CMI-PROMYS Scholars were funded by the Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI), a longstanding partner of PROMYS.  

“It’s much more fulfilling to learn by making conjectures and working on their proofs than any other way. It also gives you more understanding of the results you established and how to use them." 
Liam (UK) CMI-PROMYS Scholar 2014

“I have learned a lot, but also I have developed a lot of skills of a bold and curious explorer.”
Polina (Russia) CMI-PROMYS Scholar 2014

“The way math is approached is different to the Olympiad-focused view I’m used to. That greatly enriches my math experiences.” 
Felix (Germany) CMI-PROMYS Scholar 2014

“At PROMYS, you will certainly have to work hard, pushing your horizons and thinking in new ways, but the challenges presented and the environment provided is perfect for this."
Bohan (UK) CMI-PROMYS Scholar 2013, returning student 2014

Oxford Masterclasses 2014 participants with Professor Alexander Ritter
Oxford Masterclasses participants with Professor Alexander Ritter at Wadham College in 2014 (photo courtesy of Wadham College)

PROMYS Europe Board

Professor Henry Cohn - Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New England and Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Dr Vicky Neale – Whitehead Lecturer in the Mathematical Institute and at Balliol College, University of Oxford
Professor Glenn Stevens - Director of PROMYS (Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists) and Professor of Mathematics at Boston University
Professor Nicholas Woodhouse - President of the Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI); Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford; and Fellow of Wadham College