Cambridge English for Academic Purposes

CEAP 2014 v1

6 July  2 August 2014

About the CEAP programme

The Cambridge English for Academic Purposes (CEAP) is a stimulating alternative to the traditional language programme. It consists of two elements: a 2-week academic English and study skills course, leading on to one or two of our main specialist Summer Schools. This unique combination offers you the chance to boost your English skills whilst giving you a practical introduction to the University of Cambridge International Summer Schools. Designed around each group of learners’ specific needs, the programme provides you with a personalised and highly supportive learning environment.

Who is this programme recommended for?

  • Advanced language students looking to boost their English plus a stimulating academic programme
  • Applicants who are just under our language requirements for the International Programmes
  • Applicants with an overall IELTS band score of 6.0-6.5, (with not less than 6.0 in speaking, listening, writing and reading) or equivalent (see below Who can apply?)
  • Those considering going on to an Undergraduate or Graduate programme of study and wanting to get first hand experience of academic study in Cambridge

What are the benefits?

CEAP uniquely ties in Academic English study and special subject study. The period of study of Academic English provides a brief, but intensive boost to enable you to refresh and improve your current skills. It prepares you for participation in one or more of the International Programmes: History, Literature, Interdisciplinary, and perhaps an additional stay to study Shakespeare, Medieval Studies or additional Interdisciplinary courses.

Academic programme

  • A two-week language programme
  • A two- (or four-) week academic programme including:
  • Special subject courses
  • A plenary lecture series
  • An evening lecture series

Programme Description

In weeks 1 and 2, you will be able to develop your listening, reading, writing and discussion skills in practical classroom sessions, supported by experienced Language Centre tutors. Areas studied include note-taking and listening to lectures, academic writing, participating in seminars and debates, and giving academic presentations. You are invited to take a reflective and autonomous approach to learning, and will be required to participate in solo, pair and group activities.

A typical teaching day may involve independent study, pair-work, group discussion and individual supervision, offering ample opportunity for you to apply and develop your skills. Short writing activities are integrated into the course, and students will research, produce and receive feedback on an academic essay. Critical thinking and a willingness to  engage in debate are crucial, as is the desire to produce your own short forms of research.

A four-week experience

Participants taking the Cambridge EAP programme for two weeks follow on to take two more weeks (or four, if they choose to) of a specialist or interdisciplinary Summer School choosing from Interdisciplinary Term II, Science Term II, Literature Term II or History. Having developed their English language skills during the first two weeks, participants will find that they have achieved a sufficiently robust level of proficiency to enjoy the Summer School programmes. They can choose from a wide variety of programmes and approaches, and they are welcome to practice their new skills by writing essays which will be marked by academic experts.

A six-week experience

Students wishing to stay for six weeks are also welcome to join the third term of the Interdisciplinary Summer School with its many courses across various disciplines, the  Shakespeare Summer School or the Medieval Studies Summer School. The latter brings to students interested in medieval history, literature, science and art a variety of specialist courses taught by world experts. The Shakespeare Summer School brings Shakespeare’s work to life by looking at the plays in context, and by exploring his talent in ways that go beyond traditional scholarship and performance.

Plenary Lectures

Everyone enrolled in the CEAP programme and subsequent chosen Summer School programme is welcome to attend the evening lectures for the International Programmes taking place in weeks 1 and 2. Once you have transferred to one of the International Programmes, you can continue to enjoy both morning and evening lectures, which are a key part of these programmes. Lectures follow a theme: International Relations for History, Crime and Punishment for Literature, Knowledge and Need for Science, Achievement for the Interdisciplinary Summer School (Terms II and III), and, for those staying for six weeks, Shakespeare’s World for Shakespeare and Education and Learning for Medieval Studies.

Who can apply?

Programmes are open to university students, professionals and those with other life experience; gap-year students preparing for university may also apply (students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian if under 18 when the programme commences). Applicants must have an overall IELTS band score of 6.0-6.5, with not less than 6.0 in speaking, listening, writing and reading.

For TOEFL iBT (taken before 1 May 2014), students will be expected to have achieved an overall score of 72-90, with nothing lower than 17 in any component. Please note that due to recent UK Government restrictions, we are no longer able to accept TOEFL test scores dated on or after 1 May 2014. For Cambridge English Advanced (CAE), the minimum grade is C. The Language Centre will assess if the minimum scores in IELTS, TOEFL and CAE are not achieved.

Successful applicants will be invited to join the CEAP course on the basis of an assessment.

How to apply

To apply for this programme, please download the application form.

For more information about other Summer School programmes visit:


Accommodation is available for participants who want to stay in a Cambridge College. Please see the accommodation options available for this programme.

Non-residential attendance is also available if participants prefer to find their own lodgings.

Programme fees

Programme fees include tuition, bed, breakfast and evening meals unless otherwise indicated.

Click here to see the options available.

Pre-enrolment information

Booking terms and conditions


2014 brochure as a PDF (5.31MB)
Application form as a PDF (113KB)

Contact us

University of Cambridge
International Programmes
Institute of Continuing Education
Madingley Hall
United Kingdom
CB23 8AQ

Tel: +44 (0) 1223 760850
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 760848


Teaching and assessment is in English. Students for whom English is not their first language should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Summer Schools brochure download page.