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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


Because of the impact worldwide of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2020 International Summer Programmes have been replaced by the Virtual Summer Festival of Learning

This applied laboratory summer programme aims to support current life sciences undergraduates and recent graduates seeking to reinforce and enhance their hands-on lab skills and fundamental understanding of experimental design. Further, it is relevant to adult learners taking their initial steps in the practical biological sciences. The programme aims to support the employability of students considering future lab-based and applied science professions or those who have ambitions to move towards research-based careers. 



Who can apply?

This programme is mainly targeted at people who are about to, or have recently completed a degree in the life sciences or a related discipline and are considering further study in this area, or looking for a job that involves laboratory work in the life sciences, biomedical or healthcare area. We would also welcome applications from students with some experience working in the life sciences who are looking to expand their understanding and experience of practical experimentation, but may not be educated to degree level. 

Places will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

English Language requirements

To ensure that all participants are able to enjoy studying with us, you will need to be confident understanding and following arguments presented in written and spoken English at university level. If English is not your native language, you will need to satisfy yourself that you have an appropriate level of English language proficiency in line with the following recommended tests (achieved in the same sitting and no more than 4 years before the date of your application):

  • IELTS (Academic), IELTS for UKVI Academic or IELTS IndicatorMinimum overall band score of 6.5 or above, with no less than 6.0 in each of the four components
  • C1 Advanced: Overall score of 180, with no element lower than 176 OR CAE (Cambridge English Advanced): Grade A or B or 176 points overall on the Cambridge English Scale
  • C2 ProficiencyOverall score of 200, with no element lower than 185 OR CPE (Cambridge English: Proficiency): Grade C or above or 200 points overall on the Cambridge English Scale
  • TOEFL iBT or TOEFL Home Edition: Overall score of 92 with no individual element below 22

In order for your results to be verified by our office, please provide the following:

  • For IELTS Academic, IELTS for UKVI Academic or IELTS Indicator: your certificate or Test Report Form (TRF) number
  • For CAE/C1 Advanced and CPE/C2 Proficiency: via the Cambridge Assessment Candidate Website: please give the University of Cambridge Summer Programmes permission to view your results
  • For TOEFL iBT or TOEFL Home Edition: your full 16-digit registration number and your date of birth (mm/dd/yyyy)

* We recognise that some applicants may have undertaken all or part of their education in English and/or may have extensive experience using English on a regular basis in their professional life, and as such could reasonably be expected to fully participate in our Programmes without the above tests. If you think you may be eligible to apply on this basis (subject to submission of relevant evidence), you can tick the relevant box when applying and we will contact you in order to set up a call. 

Accessibility and support for students with additional requirements

We make every effort both to anticipate and to make reasonable adjustments to meet the requirements of those students with additional needs including those with unseen disabilities, including mental health conditions, and specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia. 

It is essential that you let us know about any additional requirements as soon as possible so that we can offer you the support and advice you require before the start of the Summer Programme, enabling a smooth transition to your studies. Please ensure you include any additional requirements when applying for the programme. 

If you indicate on your application form that you require additional support, you will be sent a Student Additional Requirements Form (SARF) to complete. The form asks for further details about your requirements and support needs, and requests that you submit supporting evidence. 

If you have any particular requirements or queries please contact the Disability Liaison team at 

Programme dates

24 Jul 2022 to 30 Jul 2022

Programme duration

1 Week

Apply by

03 Jul 2022

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


International Summer Programme
Sidgwick Site
United Kingdom

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