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Who are our students?

Our students are adults of all ages from a wide variety of backgrounds, including teachers, scientists, writers, journalists, researchers, executives, professionals and more. Many are retirees, or people who have the time to pursue lifelong interests in more depth. There are plenty of opportunities to get to know other students outside the classroom whether it is on an excursion, at one of the ceilidhs, during meals in College or in one of the many cafes or pubs.

Cambridge Student Assistants

Each summer we employ a team of University of Cambridge students to help run the Summer Programmes. Our Cambridge Student Assistants have extensive knowledge of the University, the Colleges and the city, and will act as your first point of contact. Read more >>

Weekend excursions and walking tours

We offer optional weekend excursions which complement some of the subjects covered in the academic programmes and are a good way to meet new people, explore England and learn more about British culture.

Full details for 2020, including how to book will be available on our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for registered students from March 2020.


In addition to our evening talks, we organise a number of events to give you the opportunity to relax and meet fellow students. These will include music recitals, ceilidhs (traditional folk dances), talks and readings. Our walking tours provide the ideal opportunity to learn more about the University and the Colleges.


Cambridge also offers a wide variety of evening and weekend activities during the summer, including music festivals, exhibitions, punting and a season of Shakespeare plays performed in the College gardens. Cambridge has the highest concentration of internationally important collections outside London; most of these museums are free and all are well worth exploring.

Getting to Cambridge

For information about getting to Cambridge see here.

Getting around Cambridge

Map of the University:

Maps of Cambridge:

The city centre, in particular, is a pedestrian only zone and it is easiest to get around on foot, by bicycle or local public transport.


The main bus station is on Drummer Street, where most buses for travel in and around Cambridge can be found.

Taxis can be an expensive way to get around Cambridge. There are a number of different taxi companies in Cambridge which can be booked over the telephone. There are also two main taxi ranks in the centre; Drummer Street (near the bus station and Emmanuel College) and on St Andrew's Street (near Lion Yard and Christ's College). There is also a taxi rank at the train station.

We strongly advise students not to bring their cars to Cambridge as driving and parking in the city can be extremely difficult. Please note there is no student parking at the main Sidgwick Site. For more information about parking see:

Visiting Cambridge and the East of England

Museums and Collections - University of Cambridge:

Visiting Cambridge and beyond:

Visiting the University of Cambridge:


National Trust - East of England:

English Heritage - East of England:

Weather forecast for Cambridge, UK






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)

Browse our 2020 prospectus

Details for 2021 programmes to follow in due course.