Our International Summer Programmes offer an intensive one- to six-week learning experience and the opportunity to live in some of Cambridge’s most beautiful Colleges. Our programmes have been welcoming participants from all corners of the globe, for over 90 years. Students include graduates, undergraduates, and adults aged 18 to 80+ from a wide range of backgrounds.
Each of our eight open-access programmes offers a variety of courses from which you choose two, three or four, depending on your programme and individual study path. All of our programmes are complemented by a series of morning plenary lectures and more general evening talks.
Our three-week English Law and Legal Methods Programme designed primarily for lawyers and law students offers group seminar sessions, daily lectures as well as general evening talks.
Our courses and seminars are taught by leading Cambridge academics and guest subject specialists, all are dedicated to making their courses and seminars academically rigorous and immensely enjoyable. We hope you will be inspired to think and reason in a different way, or to develop new skills transferable to your degree, career or lifetime interest.
Writing essays and academic credit
All of our programmes offer the possibility of writing 2,000-3,000 essays for evaluation. Course Directors set and mark these essays. (On some Science-based courses, this may involve solving equations or mathematical problems.) Essays are assessed against the University of Cambridge standard and you will receive both a letter grade and written feedback.
You can decide to write one essay for each of your courses. There is a fee of £50 per essay, which can either be paid when applying or when you arrive in Cambridge. Writing an essay is optional, unless you are applying as part of a group and your home institution requires you to do so in order to award you credit. Essays are due one week after the end of the programme/term on which you are registered.
As the University of Cambridge does not use a credit system for its internal degrees, we are unable to award credit directly. However, many universities and institutions world-wide award credit to students who submit essays as part of our Summer Programmes. They set the level and amount of credit awarded, but you might reasonably be expected to be awarded three undergraduate semester credit hours if you fulfil the attendance requirements for a two-week programme and submit one essay.
You will have access to a variety of libraries and will be given a University computer account. Depending on the College you stay in, you may also be able to connect your own laptop, or other devices, to the network.
Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
You can download course materials, handbooks and timetables from our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The VLE also contains useful information about living in Cambridge and travelling while you are in the UK. You will also be able to communicate with fellow participants via the online forum.