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Most of our two-week programmes are made up of between two and four academically-rigorous courses; one-week options are also available for most programmes. Courses include classroom sessions (Monday to Friday), theme-related plenary lectures which explore new ideas and will extend your knowledge of your chosen subjects, and more general evening talks designed to add to your enjoyment and introduce you to other subjects. Our Business and Entrepreneurship Programme has core sessions which all participants attend.

Interdisciplinary Summer Programme

Term I: 7 – 20 July, Term II: 21 July – 3 August, Term III: 4 – 17 August 2019

The ideal programme if you want to combine subjects from different disciplines. The three two-week terms are independent and offer courses covering a rich selection of subjects, including international politics and development, history, literature, and philosophy. More »

Ancient and Classical Worlds Summer Programme

7 – 20 July 2019

This programme offers a rich selection of courses on a range of past cultures and civilisations taught by leading experts and allows you to explore and immerse yourself in the latest thinking on ancient and classical worlds. More »

Science Summer Programme

Term I: 7 – 20 July, Term II: 21 July – 3 August 2019

This programme draws on the expertise of senior Cambridge academics to offer courses in a broad variety of scientific fields which include astronomy, chemistry, climate change, cryptography, earth science, engineering, evolution, genetics, materials science, microbiology, nanobiotechnology, neurobiology, nutrition, physiology, plant science, psychology, quantum mechanics and zoology. More »

Literature Summer Programme

Term I: 7 – 20 July, Term II: 21 July – 3 August 2019

This programme gives you an experience of 'Cambridge English', with its emphasis on small group teaching, close attention to the actual text, and radical inquiry into why literature matters. Enthusiastic lecturers draw on writings of many different kinds and periods to offer a rich variety of voices and approaches. More »

English Law and Legal Methods Summer Programme

7 – 27 July 2019

Designed primarily for lawyers and law students who have no prior knowledge of the English legal system, this three-week programme presents the central aspects of English law, with emphasis on the general structure of the law and legal methods. Teaching is through lectures and seminars. More »

Art and Visual Culture Summer Programme

21 July – 3 August 2019

The programme offers a multidisciplinary approach encompassing art, architecture and sculpture, and draws on the magnificent collections across the University of Cambridge. For undergraduates, graduates, teachers and those with a passion for art and visual culture. More »

History Summer Programme

21 July – 3 August 2019

This programme gives you the chance to study in detail specific historical figures, periods and events. Eminent historians offer courses covering a wide range of themes in British, European and global history. More »

Business and Entrepreneurship Summer Programme

4 – 17 August 2019

This two-week programme combines core sessions from business school academics with hands-on sessions from business practitioners and successful entrepreneurs. The programme is for current undergraduates, recent graduates, and all aspiring entrepreneurs. More »

Shakespeare and the Renaissance Summer Programme

4 – 17 August 2019

Newly revised for 2019, this programme offers a rich collection of courses, lectures, readings and workshops. You can explore the power, beauty, and meaning of Shakespeare's plays with leading academics; discover connections with the wider world of Elizabethan culture, history, politics, art and science; and explore aspects of performance. More »

Medieval Studies Summer Programme

4 – 17 August 2019

This programme offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn from some of the finest British medievalists. Courses are offered in defined topics which encompass art, architecture, history, literature, religion, trade and health. More »

Creative Writing Summer Programme

4 – 17 August 2019

This programme builds on a rich literary tradition at Cambridge and is designed for those wishing to develop their existing writing skills, either for professional use, or out of personal interest. Courses focus on the writing of fiction and non-fiction, in a range of genres and styles. More »

Pre-University Programme 2019

14 - 27 July 2019

Our Pre-University Programme, designed for 16-18 year-olds who are considering applying for elite universities around the world will be launched in July 2019. Further details about the format and selection process will be released in January, and applications are planned to open on 31st January 2019. More »

Combining programmes

You can combine programmes and/or terms to build your own schedule of two, three, four or more weeks. For example, you could study two weeks of Literature followed by two weeks of Shakespeare and the Renaissance, or one week of Ancient and Classical Worlds followed by two weeks of History.

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 2019 prospectus