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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

 

Earning Academic Credit from the Cambridge Summer Programme

All courses offered by the Cambridge Summer Programme are subject to University of Cambridge course approval and evaluation procedures. The quality assurance processes are administered through the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education.

For students currently enrolled on an undergraduate programme elsewhere:

If you are seeking to earn academic credit from your Cambridge Summer Programme studies at your home institution, you can submit written work for assessment by the Course Director for your Cambridge Summer Programme for one or more of your course(s). There is an evaluation fee of £65 per essay.

For credit-seeking students we can:

- provide your home institution with a detailed description of the academic level, content, contact hours and assessment mode(s) for your chosen Cambridge Summer Programme courses

- issue a digital certificate of attendance to verify that you have met classroom attendance requirements (contact hours)

- evaluate your academic performance via an appropriate written assessment and provide feedback (a grade report form) and a graded transcript

The home institution at which you are enrolled will determine the number of credits they may award based on Cambridge Summer Programme course content, contact hours, and the graded assessment. Home institutions are free to assign their own levels. Below, using the US credit system, we set out illustrative examples:

- Two weeks of the Cambridge Summer Programme, with an estimated 42 contact hours and a 2,000-3,000-word essay submission for at least one course, achieving the minimum grade required by the home institution: three (3) undergraduate credit hours.

- Four weeks of the Cambridge Summer Programme, with an estimated 84 contact hours and a 2,000-3,000-word essay submission for at least two courses, achieving the minimum grades required by the home institution: six (6) undergraduate credit hours.

Note: Institutions may require that you submit additional written work for courses studied to achieve the required amount of credit. If you attend for one or three weeks of the Cambridge Summer Programme, your home institution may adjust the amount of credit awarded accordingly.

We strongly recommend that you check with your home institution’s study abroad office before you apply for the Cambridge Summer Programme that your home institution will award credit. (The office can contact us on intgroup@ice.cam.ac.uk for the necessary information and advice.) You should not assume your home institution will award credit until they confirm this in writing.

It is important to note, that your home institution would award any applicable credit. The University of Cambridge does not award its own credit for Cambridge Summer Programme study. 

For students who are not currently enrolled on an undergraduate degree programme elsewhere:

You may write essays for evaluation to enhance your own study experience. There is a fee of £65 per essay.

The University of Cambridge does not award its own credit for Cambridge Summer Programme study. Again, the University of Cambridge will issue a digital certificate of attendance, a grade report form and a graded transcript.

For students who are currently enrolled on a University of Cambridge undergraduate sub-degree or degree programme:

It is not currently possible to earn credit towards a University of Cambridge sub-degree (e.g. Undergraduate Certificate) or degree from Cambridge Summer Programme study. Again, the University of Cambridge will issue a digital certificate of attendance, a grade report form and a graded transcript.

For all students submitting essays:

Whether you are seeking to earn credit from your home institution or just writing for your own pleasure, we provide further information in the student handbook (available on the VLE for accepted students) and briefing sessions during the Summer Programme.