About us

Vice-Chancellor's welcome

‘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”. We were pioneers in the creation of International Summer Schools, welcoming overseas students to their own programmes as early as 1923. Today, these programmes continue to reflect the teaching excellence for which Cambridge is recognised. In this changing world, it is crucial that we retain and nurture a lifelong ability to interact within an international community, and to challenge our own perspectives. That is exactly what we do in our International Summer Programmes, where students of all ages and from all backgrounds study together. I recommend them warmly, and invite you to apply.’

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

Director of International Programmes' welcome

Every summer, hundreds of people from all over the world come to Cambridge to sample the International Summer Programmes. Steeped in tradition, the University is also a vibrant, bustling place where innovative ideas, influences and discoveries of Cambridge graduates have helped to shape and change the world for centuries. We offer an unbeatable mix of subject range, teaching quality and academic content. Be inspired to think and reason in a different way, or develop new skills transferable to your degree, career or lifetime interest.

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International community

At the core of your experience lies a truly international community: over 50 nationalities are represented each year. Participants are graduate or undergraduate students, and adults of all agesand backgrounds, bringing other 'life experience' to the classroom.

Excellent lecturers

Underpinning our offering is a network of gifted communicators –  a combination of leading Cambridge scholars and guest subject specialists from beyond the University. All are dedicated to making their courses academically rigorous and immensely enjoyable.

Create your own study programme

Hundreds of possible programme and course combinations allow you to create your own personalised schedule and you can study from one to six weeks across a range of programmes. You could also combine your Summer Programme with a weekend course at Madingley Hall.

Stay in a Cambridge College

You can choose to stay in one of four Colleges all within walking distance of the teaching site and the city centre, which offers a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, pubs, shops and a daily market.

Find out more about the programmes and individual courses, read comments by previous participants, watch our video and read our blog.

Sarah J Ormrod, Director of International Programmes.