This Cambridge Summer Advanced Study Program, modelled on the Cambridge University teaching system, is designed for elite high school students to experience the study life of Cambridge University undergraduates.
What set Cambridge and Oxford apart is their distinct tutorial system! The tutorial and academic content of our Cambridge Study Experience Programme are closely modelled on the Cambridge University teaching system. It is designed for high-achieving international students to live and study like a Cambridge undergraduate. All our students experience an academic and activity programme similar to Cambridge University undergraduates.
This prestigious Cambridge Summer Advanced Study Program is set in the stunning Magdalene College of Cambridge University. It includes a challenging academic course led by Cambridge University teaching staff and a full activity and excursion programme which is both educational and fun. In addition, students will participate in a traditional Oxbridge Varsity competition in debates etc. between the two campuses of our Oxford / Cambridge summer study program groups, and to socialise with students from the other campus.
Apart from interactive tutorials structured around group discussions and debate, students will participate in creative workshops and Master Classes in key skills, and can also choose optional SAT or IELTs preparation modules at no extra cost. They are expected to research independently to prepare for their tutorial subjects, this helps develop many extremely useful transferable skills, including independent thinking, confidence, and self-reliance. They will also receive a one-to-one tutorial every week in their chosen two subjects. The maximum class size is 6 students. The small group tutorial system encourages interactions and direct feedback, which allows students to study selected subjects in greater depth.
The Cambridge Summer Advanced Study Program includes:
- In-depth Subject Tuition – 10 hours per week, small group in chosen subjects by expert tutors. Maximum of 6 students per class.
- One-to-One Supervisions – once weekly on chosen tutorial subjects as well as study reviews for further study.
- Interactive Master Classes – once weekly, in key skills including Debating, Pitching and Presenting, Negotiating, Problem Solving and Critical Thinking.
- Creative Workshops – 9 hours over 2 weeks, including Journalism, Drama, Film Production, Creative Writing and Cambridge Experience.
- Independent Work – research and self-study on tutorial subjects.
- SAT & IELTs – optional preparation lessons, 2 hours per week.
- Formal Hall & Graduation Ceremony – a Cambridge tradition – Formal Hall meal before graduation ceremony.
- Excursions – 3 full day and 1 half-day excursions and trips per two week to UK top destinations and attractions.
- Networking – periods of free time and guided tours and activities around the city for socialising with like-minded high achieving students from all over the world.
Students choose two tutorial subjects to specialise in from the following list of academic subjects when applying the course.
- International Business Management
- Introduction to International Law
- Macro & Micro Economics
- Creative Writing
- Politics & International Relations
- Cambridge Authors & Thinkers
- Classical Civilisations
- Marketing & Advertising
- Applications of Engineering
- The Physical World
- Probability & Statistics
- Medical Biology
- Chemistry Matters
- Algebra and Calculus
- Societies & the Natural Environment
Students will also enjoy a full social programme including 3 full day and 1 half-day cultural excursions and trips. Possible excursions include:
- Buckingham Palace
- Houses of Parliament
- West End Musical
- Natural History Museum
- Hyde Park
- London Eye
- British Museum
- Southbank Walking Tour
- Oxford Street
- Stratford Upon Avon
- Warwick Castle
- Ely & Ely Cathedral
- Thorpe Park
- Bury St Edmunds
- Windsor Castle
The sample timetable below is a typical 2-week Cambridge Summer Advanced Study Program at Cambridge University.
Students live, eat and study in Magdalene College, which is one of the most famous and beautiful colleges in Cambridge University. Magdalene enjoys the largest riverfront of any college with spectacular views along the River Cam. It is only a minute walk to the central shops of Cambridge.
Students stay in famous Magdalene Village, all single rooms, en-suite. Girls and boys are accommodated separately. Porters’ Lodge entrances are manned 24 hours a day.
Well balanced, nutritious cooked meals are provided. Packed lunches are provided for excursions.
All students will follow a special Cambridge tradition to enjoy a traditional Formal Hall meal – a three course, silver service evening meal in Magdalene’s stunning dining hall lit by candlelight, which lets students sample life as a real Cambridge student.
Large, modern auditorium. TV room & common area. Playing fields, including tennis courts, squash courts. Student computer room. Wi-fi access in common areas and hotpsots around college. Wired internet connection is available in every student room with Ethernet cable.
Coin operated washing and drying machines on college premises, paid by summer school.
The University of Cambridge, informally known as “Cambridge University” or simply as “Cambridge”, is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world (after the University of Oxford) with over 800 years of rich history, and is considered to be one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the world which produced more Nobel Prizes winners than any other institution in the world.
Cambridge boasts hundreds of famous alumni in the making of our modern world. Among the most notable Cambridge alumni is Sir Isaac Newton on laws and motion, followed by Rutherford splitting the atom, Darwin on evolution, Turing’s prototypical computer, Crick and Watson with DNA, Keynes’s economy, and a sizeable number of notable alumni across all walks of life, including 10 Kings and Queens, 45 Presidents and Prime Ministers and 89 Nobel Prize winners.
Cambridge University is consistently ranked among the foremost universities in the global university league tables. According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Cambridge is Europe’s top Higher Education Institution. In 2012 the University of Cambridge was ranked 3rd in the Times Higher Education World University Reputation rankings, 1st in the Complete University Guide 2014 ranking of UK Universities, 2nd in the 2012/13 QS World University Rankings and 2nd in the 2012 US News World’s Best Universities rankings.
As one of the best universities in the world, Cambridge is a great place to be a student, yet it is one of the most selective of all universities. While academic strength is a pre-requisite with the university’s standard offer for all courses being set at grade A*AA for A-level qualifications or the equivalent in other qualifications, it does not guarantee acceptance. An interview performed by College Fellows, who evaluate candidates on unexamined factors such as potential for original thinking and creativity, is crucial for distinguishing between the most able candidates.