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University of Cambridge


University of Cambridge International Summer Programmes

Found in 1209, the University of Cambridge is one of the oldest universities in the world, and widely seen as one of the most prestigious higher education institutions with an extraordinary academic reputation and influence in many fields. The University has educated many notable alumni, including 98 Nobel laureates and 15 British prime ministers. Today, it serves more than 18,000 students from all cultures and corners of the world. Nearly 4,000 of its students are international and come from over 120 different countries.
The University is split into 31 autonomous Colleges where undergraduates receive small group teaching sessions known as College supervisions.

The University’s Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) has been educating part-time and adult students since the 1860s and is one of the oldest continuing education departments in the world. ICE offers a huge range of award-bearing and non-award-bearing courses throughout the year, including the world-renowned International Summer Programmes.



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Features of University of Cambridge International Summer Programmes

• The International Summer Programmes attract over 1000 students from around 60 countries every year.
• The programmes offer a chance to increase your transferable skills, discover new subjects and perspectives, develop your capacity for critical thinking and study in a supportive environment.
• Teaching is by experts who understand the needs of adults and part-time learners

Programme dates and courses
Over 200 courses and seminars, and over 150+ plenary and core lectures and sessions make up ICE’s open-access programmes. Students can enrol in one, two or three consecutive programmes.

Term One:7 – 20 July 2019 (2 weeks) Interdisciplinary I, Ancient & Classical Worlds, Science I, Literature I
Term Two:21 July – 3 August 2019 (2 weeks) Interdisciplinary II, History, Science II, Literature II
Term Three:4 – 17 August 2019 (2 weeks) Interdisciplinary III, Medieval Studies, Creative Writing, Business & Entrepreneurship

Students may choose two, three or four courses per Term, depending on the programme structure. More details about the courses can be found here.  

Most programmes are complemented by a series of morning plenary lectures and more general evening talks. Written work can be submitted for evaluation, to earn credit in your home university. More details about written work can be found here.

Admission Requirements:
1. Students should be undergraduate or postgraduate students, and officially registered in one of USIEA’s Chinese partner Universities.
2. English language requirement: for all programmes (except Creative Writing); IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.5 in each of the four components); or TOEFL (iBT) 92 (with no individual element below 22).  Entry requirement for Creative Writing: IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in each of the four components); or TOEFL (iBT) 100 (with no individual element below 24).
3. Applicants will be interviewed by USIEA.

You will have the rare opportunity to experience life in one of Cambridge's historic Colleges. Enjoy the fellowship of dining in a magnificent hall and sharing relaxed conversation with like-minded students with a wealth of life experience.
Accommodation is in single rooms normally occupied by undergraduates. You can choose a basic room with a bed and washbasin; or one with en suite bath/shower facilities. Breakfast and evening meals are included in the cost.


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