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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


Virtual Summer Festival 28 June to 30 July 2021 - Bookings open in mid-April

Our Virtual Summer Festival of Learning gives you the opportunity to study with us from wherever you are in the world. Aimed at adults, our one-week courses are designed to introduce you to new subjects or further your studies in familiar disciplines. With over 85 courses to choose from you can combine a range of topics or select several in the same stream. Subjects include: AI, Ethics and Society; Ancient, Medieval and Modern History; Art and Architectural History; Business; Classics; Climate Change; Creative Writing; Finance; Global Challenges; Human Rights; International Business; International Development; Literature; Marketing; Philosophy; Politics; Psychology and Sociology.

Taught through pre-recorded sessions, our team of Cambridge academics and guest subject specialists will also provide daily discussion topics for each course, giving you the opportunity to share ideas with other participants, pose questions and explore the subject further.

The Summer Festival will also include a series of talks showcasing the variety of subjects on offer here at the University, and covering the latest research, global current affairs and a range of other topics. You will also have access to a number of virtual tours, concerts and online events.

So whether you’re a student, a professional, a life-long learner or retiree, signing up for our Summer Festival could be the start of your learning journey with us. 

To find out more Register your interest here.

We will also be running a Virtual Pre-University Summer Programme for high-school students from across the globe. This programme will provide an opportunity to sample a wide variety of subjects, as students prepare for future undergraduate study at leading global universities.

To find out more Register your interest here.

What our students say:

"Informative and very thought provoking. Diverse material well-presented and coherently delivered. The course has provided me with a springboard for further study. Excellent value for money."

"This is my first Summer Festival course and I was blown away by how good it was! Thank you so very much."

"An enjoyable and informative course. The format worked particularly well for me as I juggle working from home and childcare." 

“Excellent, enjoyable, stimulating - course had both breadth and depth, well related to topic, with a good balance of theory and example. Tutor also excellent - absorbing lectures and adept at stimulating and sustaining discussion.”

“Absolutely excellent tutor, who made online learning feel immediate and lively, and transmits her own fascination/ enthusiasm for her subject. Really helpful recommendations for further study.”

You can read more student stories here

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