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Virtual Summer Festival of Learning - bookings now open

For centuries the University has helped to shape and change the world through visionary ideas and ground-breaking discoveries. This contribution has never been so important as it is now, in these rapidly-changing and uncertain times, when countries, institutions and businesses are discovering new ways of working together and sharing knowledge for the common good. For nearly a century, the University’s International Summer Programmes have brought people together, face-to-face, to hear our scholars talk about ideas and discoveries. This year we have had to find new ways to share inspirational learning with our global community of adult students. The Virtual Summer Festival of Learning is open to students aged 18-80+. Students aged 16-18 are welcome to join our virtual Pre-University Summer Programme.

We are proud to launch our first Virtual Summer Festival of Learning. Please join us.

Free open talks:

A wide variety of free open-access pre-recorded talks will be posted online during the Festival. These talks will showcase the subjects on offer at the University, as well as current research. Proposed topics range from Animal Rights Law, Machiavelli and the virus, and Tudor neuroscience to Jane Austen and her modern collaborators, Digital productivity and digital wellbeing and The beauty of silk.

Click here to see the full list of proposed talks, register your interest and find out more.

Online courses as part of the Virtual Summer Festival of Learning:

Over 80 online courses offered as part of the Festival, covering a range of disciplines, will be taught by leading Cambridge academics and our panel of subject specialists. Each course is normally capped at 40 participants and costs £75.

Click here to see the full list of available courses to book. 

The courses will run during the following dates:

Week 1: 6 July - 10 July 2020
Deadlines for applications have now passed, but spaces are still available for Week 2 and Week 3

Week 2: 13 July - 17 July 2020
The deadline for applications for Week 2 are midnight (BST) Monday 6 July 

Week 3: 20 July - 24 July 2020
The deadline for applications for Week 2 are midnight (BST) Monday 13 July 

Virtual Pre-University Summer Programme

Our virtual Pre-University Summer Programme provides 16-18 year-old high-school students an opportunity to sample talks in a wider variety of subject areas, as they prepare for future undergraduate study at leading global universities.

This programme is now full. Click here to find out more and join the waiting list.

To continue your learning journey, see other options for study with University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education by clicking here.

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 Graham Virgo QC (Hon), Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)

How to book a Summer Festival course