These prestigious Cambridge 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.
This intensive summer English programme combines an intensive English Language course with a wide range of sporting, social, culture activities and excursions designed for 14-17 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.
Cambridge Summer English Courses have introduced a series of new teaching initiatives to reinforce students’ learning experience during their stay with us.
- Academic Skills: This course is designed to help students improve their academic reading, writing, listening and speaking skills for two hours per week.
- Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL): CLIL will teach subjects such as science, literature and drama to students through a foreign language (English). This provides added motivation and engagement for students by studying topics directly related to their interests.
- Group Projects: Group projects will encourage teamwork, participation and communication. Each group will present their group work in a presentation evening.
- 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. All students will receive a certificate according to their English levels.
The programme also includes periods of ‘Freestyle Afternoons’ for elder students to explore, socialise and fully breathe the magic life of Cambridge in the heart of this famous city.
Cambridge Intensive English summer course consists of a well-balanced programme of English tuition, activities, sports and excursions. The structured programme includes:
- 25 hours of tuition per week
- 2 full day excursions and 1 half day trip per week
- End-of-course Assessment & Certificate
- Full afternoon and evening activity programme
- Maximum class size of 11 students
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 summer English programme.
Students will live in Clare College, Cambridge University for first few weeks, or Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University for last weeks.
Clare College: this is the second oldest Cambridge University College. Its main entrance is right next to King’s College Chapel and only a few metres from the main King’s Parade road. All student bedrooms and classrooms are in Memorial Court, which has great modern facilities, and is next to the iconic University Library.
Corpus Christi College: this is one of the most famous and beautiful colleges in the whole Cambridge University. Students stay in the central college bedrooms, and all classrooms are in the famous Old Court which has been home to many famous students.
Girls and boys are accommodated separately. Porters’ Lodge entrances are manned 24 hours a day.
Well balanced, nutritious cooked meals are provided. At Clare College, all meals are served in the Clare buttery underneath the famous formal dining hall. For students staying in Corpus Christi College, all on-site meals will be served in the college’s spectacular wood-paneled dining hall. Every student will also enjoy a traditional Formal Hall meal – a set menu evening meal which lets students taste the sample life as a real Cambridge student.
Drinks and biscuits are available in the lesson breaks. Packed lunches are provided for excursions.
Clare College: Large, modern classrooms and 2 student computer rooms. Wired internet access in all bedrooms (ethernet cable needed). Wireless across Memorial Court. Students socialise in common area, with large playing fields nearby.
Corpus Christi College: Large, modern auditorium and student computer room. TV room & common area. Wi-fi access in common areas and hotspots around college. Wired internet available in room. Sports field, including tennis courts a short walk away.
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.