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Each of our two-week programmes is made up of between two and four academically-rigorous courses; one-week options are also available for most programmes. Each course includes classroom sessions (Monday to Friday), theme-related plenary lectures which explore new ideas and will extend your knowledge of your chosen subjects, and more general evening talks designed to add to your enjoyment and introduce you to other subjects.

Ancient and Classical Worlds Summer Programme

8 – 21 July 2018

This programme offers a rich selection of courses on a range of past cultures and civilisations taught by leading experts and allows you to explore and immerse yourself in the latest thinking on ancient and classical worlds. Read more »

Science Summer Programme

Term I: 8 – 21 July, Term II: 22 July – 4 August 2018

This programme draws on the expertise of senior Cambridge academics to offer courses in a broad variety of scientific fields including astronomy, cryptography, evolution, forensic archaeology, immunology, manufacturing, psychology, quantum mechanics, spectroscopy and zoology. Read more »

Literature Summer Programme

Term I: 8 – 21 July, Term II: 22 July – 4 August 2018

Join a mix of students of all ages, from the widely read to keen beginners, to study world-renowned poets, playwrights and novelists. Paying particularly close attention to the words on the page, enthusiastic lecturers draw on writings of many different kinds and periods to offer a rich variety of voices and approaches. Read more »

Art and Visual Culture Summer Programme

22 July – 4 August 2018

For undergraduates, graduates, teachers and those with a passion for art and visual culture. The programme offers a multidisciplinary approach encompassing art, architecture, sculpture and film, and draws on the magnificent collections across the University of Cambridge. Read more »

History Summer Programme

22 July – 4 August 2018

This programme gives you the chance to study in detail specific historical figures, periods and events. Eminent historians offer courses covering a wide range of themes in British, European and global history. Read more »

Shakespeare Summer Programme

5 – 18 August 2018

This programme offers a rich collection of courses, lectures, readings and acting workshops. You can explore the power, beauty, and meaning of Shakespeare's plays with leading academics; discover connections with the wider world of Elizabethan culture; and explore aspects of performance. Read more »

Medieval Studies Summer Programme

5 – 18 August 2018

This programme offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn from some of the finest British medievalists. Courses are offered in defined topics which encompass art, architecture, history, literature, religion, trade and health. Read more »

Creative Writing Summer Programme

5 – 18 August 2018

This programme builds on a rich literary tradition at Cambridge: it is designed for those wishing to develop their existing writing skills, either for professional use, or out of personal interest. Read more »

Interdisciplinary Summer Programme

Term I: 8 – 21 July, Term II: 22 July – 4 August, Term III: 5 – 18 August 2018

The ideal programme if you want to combine subjects from different disciplines. The three two-week terms are independent and offer courses covering a rich selection of subjects including philosophy, economics, international politics and relations, literature, history, film, art history and history of science. Read more »

English Law and Legal Methods Summer Programme

8 – 28 July 2018

Designed primarily for lawyers and law students who have no prior knowledge of the English legal system, this well-respected three-week programme presents the central aspects of English law, with emphasis on the general structure of the law and legal methods. Teaching is through lectures and seminars. Read more »

Combining programmes

You can combine programmes and/or terms to build your own schedule of two, three, four or more weeks. For example, you could study two weeks of Literature followed by two weeks of Shakespeare, or one week of Ancient and Classical Worlds followed by two weeks of History.

The University's International Summer Programmes are an embodiment of our mission 'to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence'.

Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge

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