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Because of the impact worldwide of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2020 International Summer Programmes have been replaced by the Virtual Summer Festival of Learning

The information below relates to the programme planned for 2020. We will post the details of the 2021 programme in the coming months.

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. Course Directors – all established writers – will set practical daily writing tasks and guide you in critical reflection on your own work and that of your fellow students, as well as on the work of published writers.

The programme is intentionally rigorous, and you should expect to spend around two hours per weekday writing as private study. Given these requirements, you will need to demonstrate a very high level of fluency in English, as well as providing a 300-400 word statement explaining your reasons for applying and what you hope to gain from the programme.

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Accommodation

To add to your experience, you will have the unique opportunity to stay in one of five beautiful Cambridge Colleges. Each is very different in character, but all offer a warm welcome. All are within easy walking distance of the main teaching site and the vibrant city centre. You will meet fellow students and become familiar with Cambridge in a way few are privileged to experience.

The Colleges

Gonville & Caius College (Standard rooms)

Distinguished for having produced fourteen Nobel Prize winners, this beautiful College, dating back to medieval times, is located in the heart of the city centre near the hustle and bustle of the lively market, restaurants and cafés. The College offers standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities. A pleasant 10 minute walk across the river and along the Backs takes you to the main teaching site. Read more »

Newnham College (En suite rooms: week 2 only and Standard rooms both weeks)

Set around large secluded gardens, this graceful College is just across the road from your lecture rooms, and a short walk from the historic city centre. Meals are served buffet-style and taken in the airy dining hall, overlooking the gardens. Read more »

Queens' College (En suite rooms)

Overlooking the River Cam, Queens’ boasts the famous Mathematical Bridge and some of the most iconic views in Cambridge. The College offers a magnificent dining hall, historic courtyards, quiet gardens and modern rooms: the best of both worlds. Read more

Selwyn College (Standard and En suite rooms)

With its extensive and peaceful gardens backing onto the teaching site, Selwyn is very convenient for getting to lectures, as well as offering a choice of traditional and modern rooms. The city centre is easily reached by a variety of walks past famous Cambridge landmarks. Read more »

St Catharine's College (En suite rooms and Standard rooms in shared flats in St Chad's full programme only)

Situated in the very heart of the city on one of the original medieval routes, St Catharine's College is close to both King’s College and Queens’ College, yet just a short walk to the main teaching sites. St Catharine's offers graceful architecture and delightful courtyard gardens. Read more

Programme dates

02 Aug 2020 to 15 Aug 2020

Programme duration

Two weeks - one week option available

Apply by

20 Jul 2020

Venue

International Summer Programmes
Sidgwick Site
Cambridge
United Kingdom
01223 760850

Qualifications / Credits

Non-accredited