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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


University of Cambridge International Summer Programme: 7 July – 3 August 2024: Apply now!

This is the University of Cambridge’s official Summer Programme, established over 100 years ago.

Join us in Cambridge this summer and become part of our vibrant, international community of adult learners (aged 18-80+). Combine courses from a wide range of subjects including Business and Innovation, Global Challenges, History, Literature, Philosophy, Science and the Visual Arts, and stay in a historic Cambridge College. You can opt to write essays to consolidate your learning with us or to earn academic credit from your studies in Cambridge at your home institution.


With a mix of over 130 one- and two-week courses on offer, you can be sure of finding the subjects you need for your current studies, or to match your area of interest. You can attend for one, two, three or four weeks and follow one of our study streams to focus on a particular subject area or pick courses in different fields to build your own multi-disciplinary programme.

You take two courses per week, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Class sizes are limited to a maximum of 25.

In 2024 we will be offering courses in the following subject streams:

  • Global Challenges (including Politics, International Relations, Climate Change)
  • Literature, Philosophy and the Visual Arts (including Creative Writing, Shakespeare, Modern Literature, Art History)
  • History (including Medieval Studies, Ancient and Classical Worlds, Archaeology)
  • Science (including Psychology, Genetics, Sustainability, Astronomy, Physics, Microbiology)
  • Business and Innovation (including Finance, Marketing, Creating Innovative Ideas)

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from all adult learners (aged 18-80+) who are confident understanding and following discussions presented in written and spoken English at University level, and can demonstrate an appropriate level of English language proficiency.

Celebrating 100 Years of cultural exchange in Cambridge (1923-2023)

In 2023 we celebrated our centenary with students from over 60 different countries joining us here in Cambridge. Students enjoyed a range of courses and plenary lectures showcasing the variety of subjects on offer at the University, as well as research, global current affairs and a range of other topics. We also hosted a number of celebratory events bringing staff, students, lecturers and special guests together. 

Read more about the University of Cambridge International Summer Programmes centenary here or read our digital booklet here.

Weekend Courses

You might also be interested in our Weekend Courses taught at the inspirational setting of Madingley Hall, close to Cambridge. Find out more.

Creative Writing Retreat 2024

You may also be interested in booking onto one of our forthcoming Creative Writing Retreats.

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