Cambridge Summer Camp in Design-Engineer-Construct is an industry certified professional programme designed for international students who want to discover unique pathways into architecture, engineering and construction careers at famous Cambridge University, where students live and study just like the University’s own undergraduates.
This course partners with leading professionals to ensure the latest industry best-practices are understood and delivered. Students on this course will learn the most relevant skills and techniques needed by anybody considering a professional career in architecture, engineering and construction including problem solving, team-working and critical thinking.
This prestigious summer programme is set in the beautiful Corpus Christi College of Cambridge University. The course focuses on sustainable building design in a digital context, aiming to help motivated students to understand digital design, engineering and construction techniques and practices, develop professional skills and competencies, and gain knowledge of industry best practices, standards and needs. Students will learn to design, engineer and construct a range of extraordinary buildings and structures, and discover real-world applications of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths through industry and academic professionals.
With access to state-of-the-art computer facilities throughout the two-week experience, students can also expect to develop excellent digital skills using industry standard architectural design software. Over two-week of intensive learning through lectures, hands-on workshops, project work, all students will develop a compelling portfolio which can support their application to university, and receive a fully industry accredited Design, Engineer, Construct (DEC) Award Certificate at the end of the course.
In addition, students will enjoy a full structured social and leisure programme, cultural visits and trips in and around London to complement the academic programme, and to network with like-minded, high-achieving students from around the world, including native speakers from countries such as the USA, Canada and UK. At the end of the course, all students will be invited to dress up and follow a special Cambridge tradition to enjoy a traditional Formal Hall meal – a three course, silver service evening meal in Corpus Christi College’s stunning dining hall lit by candlelight, which lets students sample life as a real Cambridge student.
The two-week Cambridge Summer Camp in Design-Engineer-Construct consists of a well-balanced programme of academic tuition, industry experience, activities, sports and excursions. The structured programme includes:
- 50 hours of DEC tuition
- Guest lecturers and practical workshops
- Educational trips
- 2 cultural excursions per week
- Evening social and activity programme
- Fully accredited DEC Award Certificate
- Comprehensive travel insurance
- Airport transfers (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted between 10:00-20:00)
Students will also enjoy a full social programme including 2 weekly 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 Cambridge Summer Camp in Design-Engineer-Construct at Cambridge University.
Students live, eat and study in beautiful Corpus Christi College, which is one of the most beautiful colleges in Cambridge University. Located in the centre of Cambridge, Corpus Christi offers students an exciting opportunity to explore the ancient city that lies right on their doorstep.
Students are accommodated in New Court in the heart of the college. All bedrooms are single with shared bathrooms between 4-6 students. Male and female accommodations are in separate staircases with members of staff spread throughout. Porters’ Lodge entrances are manned 24 hours a day.
Well balanced, nutritious cooked meals are provided at Corpus Main Hall, Known as one of the most beautiful Dining Halls in Cambridge, students will take all of their meals in this new gothic style hall, the walls of which are lined with portraits of previous Masters.
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 Corpus Christi’s stunning dining hall lit by candlelight, which lets students sample life as a real Cambridge student.
Large, modern auditorium. TV room & common area, and extensive gardens, lawns, and sports ground. Wi-fi is available throughout the college.
Coin operated washing and drying machines on college premises, paid by summer school.
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