How to apply

Early application is advisable as places on courses and in Colleges are limited.

Online application

The quickest way to apply is by using our secure online booking system and paying by credit or debit card. Online applications can be accepted up until 1 June 2015, after which you can still apply by using a paper-based application form.

You will need to supply the following (for each programme you are applying for):

  • Recent colour photograph (this can be uploaded when you submit your online application, or posted at a later date)
  • Language proficiency information:
    Academic IELTS: Test Report Form (TRF) number or
    Cambridge CAE/CPE: Candidate ID number (3 letters and 6 numbers) and secret number (4 numbers)
  • A registration fee of £200 for each one-/ two-week programme or term must accompany all applications received before the balance of payment date for the relevant programme (see below). This registration fee is part of the full fee for the programme. Applications will not be processed until the registration fee is received.
  • Before the balance of payment date you may choose to pay the full fee when you apply. After the balance of payment date fees must be paid in full at the time of applying.

Creative Writing students only:
Your 300-400 word statement can be uploaded with your application (or emailed to us at a later date), and will be reviewed before places are offered. Label your submission with your name and use the header: 'Creative Writing Statement'.

Paper-based application

You can also apply by completing the application form. Send your completed form by post or fax. We can accept applications by email as long as no financial details are included (for security reasons). If you would like to apply by email please contact us via telephone with your credit or debit card details.

You will need to supply the following (for each programme you are applying for):

  • Signed application form
  • One small, recent colour photograph (maximum size 35 x 45mm / 1.4" x 1.8") of yourself: this will be used for our office records. Print your full name, and the programme for which you are applying, clearly on the back of the photograph.
  • Language proficiency information:
    Academic IELTS: Test Report Form (TRF) number or
    Cambridge CAE/CPE: Candidate ID number (3 letters and 6 numbers) and secret number (4 numbers).
  • A registration fee of £200 for each one-/ two-week programme or term must accompany all applications received before the balance of payment date for the relevant programme (see below). This registration fee is part of the full fee for the programme. Applications will not be processed until the registration fee is received.
  • Before the balance of payment date you may choose to pay the full fee when you apply. After the balance of payment date fees must be paid in full at the time of applying. If you are paying the full fees, please calculate the full fee according to your first choice of accommodation and complete your payment details on the application form.
  • If you are paying by bank transfer you must include your bank transfer receipt (applications cannot be processed without this).

Creative Writing students only:
Your 300-400 word statement must be included with your application, and will be reviewed before places are offered. Label your submission with your name and use the header: 'Creative Writing Statement'.

Please note:
Some emails sent from our office are occasionally redirected to junk or spam folders. Please ensure that you check these folders regularly once you have applied.

If you are applying as part of an institutional group, you should send your application form to your group contact.

Please ensure that you have read the terms and conditions and language requirements before applying.

Course/accommodation selection

Indicate your first, second and third choices in courses and, if required, accommodation. We try to place people in their first choices; however, as places are limited, this is not always possible. 

Application deadlines

ISS Term I, Ancient and Classical Worlds, Science Term I, Literature Term I: Monday 22 June

ISS Term II, Science Term II, Literature Term II, History: Monday 6 July

ISS Term III, Shakespeare, Medieval Studies, Creative Writing: Monday 20 July

Applications will continue to be accepted, where places are available, up to the start of the programme.

Methods of payment

Payment of fees must be by one of the following methods:

•    VISA/Mastercard/ Delta/Connect/Switch (NB: we do not accept American Express)
•    Bank transfer (please send proof of your transaction)
•    Cheque drawn on a UK bank
•    Sterling banker’s draft drawn on a UK bank (applicants should speak to their own bank to arrange this)
Cheques or postal orders should be made payable to ‘University of Cambridge’. Please do not send cash.

Personal cheques drawn on banks outside the United Kingdom cannot be accepted.

If paying by credit or debit card, please ensure that you have sufficient credit limit, and that your bank or credit card company have been notified of the transaction to avoid delays in payment. Please do not email card details as this may not be secure.

The University reserves the right to retrieve from applicants any bank charges or exchange costs which arise from payments made in other ways (including Eurocheques). Please check with your bank whether you are likely to incur additional charges.

What happens next?

Applications received online

Automatic emails* are sent to anyone who applies online to:

  • Confirm online order
  • Confirm online booking
  • Confirm online payment

Your application is automatically sent to our student database for processing.

If all requirements are met/all information is received, your application will be processed and accepted.

If your application is incomplete (eg missing language information) you will be contacted via email. Your application will be assigned as 'pending'** until the issue is resolved.

Please note that these emails are not confirmation of acceptance onto the Summer Schools, they are just confirmation of your online booking.

Applications received via post or fax:

Confirmation of receipt of your application will be sent via email.

If all requirements are met/all information is received, your application will be processed and accepted.

If you have paid by bank transfer we will process your application once receipt of your payment has been confirmed. Until this time, your application will be assigned as 'pending'.** This may take two weeks or more. 

If your application is incomplete (eg missing language information) you will be contacted via email. Your application will be assigned as 'pending'** until the issue is resolved.

Once your application is accepted:

We will send you, via email, your acceptance letter (including allocated courses and accommodation) and an invoice or receipt showing the fees you have paid and (if applicable) the balance to be paid.**

You will be emailed details for the Online Resource Centre where you should access the student handbook, course materials, information about your College, excursions, etc. You will also be able to communicate with fellow participants via the student forum prior to your arrival.

If requested, paper copies of your acceptance letter, invoice/receipt, course materials etc, will be sent by express mail for an additional charge of £25.

* Please note that these emails are not confirmation of acceptance on to the Summer Schools, they are just confirmation of your online booking.

** If applications are assigned as pending, room and course allocations will not be made.

*** If you have applied through an institutional group, your acceptance letter will be sent directly to the group contact for them to distribute to you, unless we are informed otherwise.