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Cancellation of the 2020 Summer Programmes.

Because of the impact worldwide of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s International Summer Programmes, due to take place in July and August 2020. We are working on plans for Summer 2021, and will post information as soon as possible about dates and provisional content.

We anticipate that bookings for next summer will be possible from early Autumn. In the meantime, please check our webpages for up-to-date information about online options currently available at ICE.


Interdisciplinary Summer Programme (Term I: 5-18 July; Term II: 19 July-1 August; Term III: 2-15 August 2020)

Ancient and Classical Worlds Summer Programme (5-18 July 2020)

Art and Visual Culture Summer Programme (19 July-1 August 2020)

Creative Writing Summer Programme (2-15 August 2020)

English Law and Legal Methods Summer Programme (5-25 July 2020)

Global Challenges Summer Programme (5-18 July 2020) NEW

History Summer Programme (19 July-1 August 2020)

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summer Programme (19 July-1 August 2020)

Literature Summer Programme (Term I: 5-18 July; Term II: 19 July-1 August 2020)

Medieval Studies Summer Programme (2-15 August 2020)

Science Summer Programme (Term I: 5-18 July: Term II: 19 July-1 August 2020)

Shakespeare and the Renaissance Summer Programme (2-15 August 2020)

Visions of the Future Summer Programme (5 July-1 August 2020) NEW

LMU/Cambridge Programme in Cambridge and Munich (Term I: Cambridge 2-15 August; Term II: 16-29 August 2020) NEW

For students aged 16-18:

Pre-University Summer Programme (Term I: 5-18 July; Term II: 19 July-1 August 2020)

To continue the learning journey after the Summer Programmes have finished:

The Silk Route (17 August-21 August 2020) held at Madingley Hall

For centuries the University has helped to shape and change the world. Our programmes offer a mix of tradition and inspiration as participants from around the world absorb the atmosphere of this remarkable place, learning from some of its finest academics – and from each other.

Whether you are at the start of your career or part way through a degree, a retiree or employed with some time to spare, we believe that our programmes offer benefits which will broaden your experience and enhance your CV. These include increasing your transferable skills; discovering new subjects and perspectives; developing your capacity for critical thinking; studying in a supportive environment; and even gaining credit from your home institution.

Coronavirus update

A number of enquiries are coming in about the Coronavirus, in relation to the International Summer Programmes. For the present, based on both current University and Public Health guidelines, we are assuming the programmes will run as normal, and we are pleased to see that they are recruiting strongly. 

We will, of course, follow the most up-to-date guidance from both sources during the summer, but in the meantime, are advising students that they should all take out travel and health insurance, in case they make the personal decision to withdraw. See medical and travel insurance notes on our Booking Terms and Conditions web page.

The University has a central webpage which is being kept up-to-date with the latest guidance on the Coronavirus. People can also check the latest government advice.

Please see our Coronavirus Update page will be updated with any further changes.

ICE initiative to reduce carbon emissions

Thank you for using the website to apply for our programmes. Accessing full details of programmes and courses online reduces our carbon footprint. Please see the Institute’s carbon emissions statement here.

We are now actively reducing the amount of printed material we produce. Any print materials for the Summer Programmes will be printed using vegetable-based inks on environmentally-friendly recycled paper. Printed booklets are recyclable. A digital version of the course guide, detailing our programmes, can be found in the right hand column of this page. A full printed prospectus will only be sent to you if you specifically request one.

The University's International Summer Programmes are an embodiment of our mission 'to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence'.

Professor Graham Virgo QC (Hon), Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)

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Browse our 2020 prospectus

Details for 2021 programmes to follow in due course.