2023 Quantum Winter School
with Microsoft Azure Quantum

For High School and University Students

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About the Winter School

This is a 4-day intensive introductory program for high school and undergraduate students to learn about the exciting interdisciplinary field of quantum computing.

Offered virtually with live instruction, students will learn the foundations of quantum computing, including quantum mechanics, quantum circuits, and quantum algorithms and protocols, all while gaining familiarity with Microsoft's quantum computing language, Q#.

Each day, students will participate in a lecture and a lab. Additionally, they will hear from leading quantum experts in industry to learn about career pathways in quantum computing.

No prior quantum knowledge is expected or required.

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What You'll Learn

Over the course of 4 days of live instruction in lecture and lab, you will be introduced to the foundations of quantum computing, including:

  • Fascinating quantum physics phenomena, from superposition to entanglement
  • Coding quantum gates and circuits in Microsoft's quantum coding language, Q#
  • Foundational quantum algorithms and protocols
  • Applications of quantum technologies, including applications in finance, climate change, and chemistry

Program Details


This course is FREE to all accepted students thanks to Microsoft! We are grateful for the generous support of Microsoft Azure Quantum who has ensured that this program is free for everyone.

Dates & Times

The Winter School will take place over two weekends: February 4-5 and February 11-12, 2023.

It will be held from 12:00-4:00pm EST (UTC-5:00) daily.


This program will be held virtually over Zoom. The only technology requirement is a working computer with internet connection.


Deadline I (Priority): January 15th
Deadline II (Regular): January 31st (or until all positions are filled)

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Program Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for the Winter School if you...

  • Are in high school or a 2-year or 4-year institution of higher education;

  • Have basic computer science knowledge (working knowledge of variables, function, loops); AND

  • Are able to attend all 4 days of programming (attendance from 12-4pm EST is required; guest speakers and lab tours from 4-5pm EST will be optional, though highly encouraged).

As we are committed to ensuring the future quantum workforce is diverse and inclusive, we especially encourage students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in STEM to apply. Students from HBCUs, MSIs, and community colleges will be prioritized!

More broadly, priority will be given to students in any 2-year or 4-year institution of higher education (including community colleges and universities), but interested high school students are also welcome, space permitting.

No prior quantum knowledge is required or expected!

Are you a high school or university administrator? Do you run a university club?

We have special opportunities if you want to reserve spots for 5+ participants in the Winter School!

Shoot us an email at quantum@the-cs.org to learn more.