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Bookings for the 2018 programmes will open in December.

The 2017 Summer Programmes were a resounding success with 61 different nationalities represented. A record number of courses were fully booked and extra places had to be found for our newest venture: a Creative Writing Retreat at Madingley Hall. There were some inspirational plenaries, extremely well-received courses, lively ceilidhs and two outstanding concerts. Feedback is still coming in, and is taken into account in the planning of programmes, courses, and plenaries for 2018, beginning in earnest already.

Those new to the programmes and considering attendance in 2018 will find it helpful to look at last year’s course and plenary lists to gain an idea of the scale and scope of our offering.

Our website will be updated over the coming months as the programmes take shape. 

Join us in 2018 and study at one of the world's leading universities. Every July and August our International Summer Programmes offer adults of all ages and backgrounds an intensive learning experience with the opportunity to live in some of Cambridge’s most beautiful Colleges. Over 175 courses and seminars, plus 200 supplementary lectures make up our open-access programmes.

Interdisciplinary Summer Programme

Ancient and Classical Worlds Summer Programme

Art and Visual Culture Summer Programme

Creative Writing Summer Programme

History Summer Programme

Literature Summer Programme

Medieval Studies Summer Programme

Science Summer Programme

Shakespeare Summer Programme

IARU Global Summer Programme

English Law and Legal Methods Summer Programme

Need for Nutrition Education/Innovation Programme (NNEdPro)

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. Some people stay for all six weeks, others just for one or two.

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.

Studying with us could be life-changing and an investment in your future. Join us and see for yourself.

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 Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge

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