These prestigious Cambridge University Summer English Courses offer international students an unparalleled learning experience at famous Cambridge University, where students live, study and eat in the college of Cambridge University just like the University’s undergraduates.
The programme of Cambridge University Summer English Courses combines an intensive English Language course with a wide range of sporting, social, culture activities and excursions designed for 13-16 year olds. Students follow a structured communicative English Language syllabus with the emphasis on Speaking and Listening skills. It also includes several hours of ‘interactive English’ in which students create their own videos, newspaper articles, blogs or drama productions.
The intensive programme includes 25 hours per week structured English lessons, varied activities and fantastic excursions. Students are given an English level assessment on the first morning to make sure they are placed in the right class to really enjoy and learn as much as possible. They will be taught by qualified EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teachers who have ability to make language learning fun. Students will also have opportunity to study some of their favourite subjects in English, through European groundbreaking teaching method CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning). This provides added motivation and engagement for students by studying topics directly related to their interests.
The multi-tier syllabus incorporating language study, academic skills, electives, group project and excursion link sessions.
- English Language Study: The lessons focus on the communicative style of language learning and provide grammar and vocabulary tailored to a student’s ability. The language for life lessons also integrate a wider range of topics including learner training, literacy, culture and life skills.
- Academic Skills: Lessons give students an introduction to exam techniques and is designed to help students improve the skills of their academic reading, writing, listening and speaking over two hours per week.
- Electives: During these sessions, students sign up for a choice of vocational subjects to enhance their English language learning, such as photography, creative writing and IELTS Preparation.
- Excursion Link Lessons: The lessons bridge the gap between the academic and activity programme. Lessons cover local history, culture of the area and vocabulary relating to the landmarks before they embark on full-dau excursions.
- Group Projects: Group projects aim to encourage teamwork, participation and communication through the completion of real-world tasks that use English with an authentic purpose. The weekly project culminates in a presentation evening in which groups display and present their work.
- Assessment: At the end of the course, teachers will assess students’ skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as their overall English proficiency to provide students with a realistic determination of their English ability. All students will receive a certificate of recommended English level measured against the CEFR scale, which can be applied against other international English exams such as Cambridge ESOL & IELTS.
Students who book a course for more than two weeks have an exclusive opportunity to combine the course with Oxford University Summer English Courses to experience the campus life of both Oxbridge Universities, all in one summer holiday! This is a perfect Oxbridge summer experience for older teenagers. With limited spaces available, students are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.
Cambridge University Summer English Courses consist of a well-balanced programme of English tuition, activities, sports and excursions. The structured programme includes:
- 25 hours of tuition per week
- Multi-tier syllabus incorporating language study, academic skills, electives, group project and excursion link sessions
- 2 full day excursions and trip per week
- End-of-course Assessment & Certificate
- Full afternoon and evening activity programme
- Maximum class size of 11 students
- Staff to student ratio is 1:7
- Airport transfers (Heathrow & Gatwick plus Stansted and St Pancras Rail Station between 10:00-20:00 GMT)
Outside language tuition, students will improve language skills through a broad range of sporting, cultural and entertaining activities, such as:
- Quiz Night
- Arts & Crafts
- Summer Fete
- Media Night
- Sports Tournaments
- Trash Fashion Show
- Scavenger Hunt
- Film Night
- The Cube
- Film Making
- Musical & Dance
- Table Tennis
- Talent Shows
- You Bet
Excursions are a vital part of the summer experience for international students to gain a cultural understanding of the UK alongside English language study. Students will have 2 full day and 1 half day excursion and trips each week to experience the rich cultural heritage of Britain. The choices include:
- Buckingham Palace
- Houses of Parliament
- West End Musical
- Natural History Museum
- Hyde Park
- London Eye
- British Museum
- Southbank Walking Tour
- Camden Market
- Oxford Street
- Hever Castle
- Bognor Regis
- Thorpe Park
- Bury St Edmund’s
- Stratford and Warwick
- Shepreth Wildlife Park
- Portsmouth & Spinnaker Tower
- Windsor Castle
- Eton College
- Brighton beach
- Leeds Castle
- Canterbury Cathedral
- Ely/Ely Cathedral
- Chessington World of Adventure
The sample timetable below is a typical 2-week Cambridge University Summer English Courses.
The course is offered at Fitzwilliam College of Cambridge University, a large, peaceful college close to the city centre. Students will stay in single study rooms of the college with shared bathrooms. 15 minute walk from Cambridge city centre. Girls and boys are accommodated separately. Porters’ Lodge entrances are manned 24 hours a day.
Well balanced, nutritious cooked meals are provided at the college dining hall. Drinks and biscuits are available in the lesson breaks. Packed lunches are provided for excursions.
Fitzwilliam College has modern classrooms and large social spaces, as well as a nearby sports field.
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.