Academic Summer Courses in Cambridge
Last year, Oxford Summer Courses welcomed students from over 60 countries to live and learn in Cambridge. Each summer our students fall in love with the stunning college architecture, delicious restaurants, and quaint alleyways of Cambridge: “My time in Cambridge at Oxford Summer Courses has managed to augment my love not only for medicine but also for journalism. From the type of syllabus to the holistic approach of our tutors, the experience was truly exemplary; all of that added to our trips around and out of Cambridge were a complete delight. The exposure to new cultures, new people and new facets of my favourite subject has changed me for the better.” – Siya Malhorta, Medicine, Cambridge 2017
- Live in central Cambridge in university accommodation
- Small-group teaching in seminars and supervisions
- Immerse yourself in Cambridge life and British culture with a packed programme of social activities
- Choose from a wide range of academic subjects
- 7 Cambridge-exclusive subjects
- Improve your study skills with dynamic workshops to help improve academically
- Enjoy dining at Cambridge’s best restaurants every evening
This course is designed to give you a taste of undergraduate life at Cambridge, and offers you the opportunity to study what you are passionate about and explore the city independently. A helpful pastoral team of current Cambridge students and alumni will be on hand to support and acquaint you with the city. You will be based at Sidney Sussex College, Fitzwilliam College or Hughes Hall in Cambridge’s historic centre, and can enjoy getting to know the world-famous colleges and sights of the university in your free time, alongside learning to balance your academic study with our exciting programme of social and cultural activities.
16-17 and 18-24 year olds
Your teaching will follow the methods used by Cambridge University. Each week, you will attend four seminars (groups of maximum 8 students) and a supervision (maximum 2 students) in your major subject. Supervisions are the backbone of Cambridge’s world class teaching, and are an unrivalled opportunity to learn from some of the world’s greatest minds. You will produce an essay (or work on a problem sheet) which puts what you have learned in seminars into action, and our expert staff will give you comprehensive feedback on your arguments and writing style. This gives you the opportunity to interrogate your own views and consider your subject in depth. Your tutor wants to bring out the very best of your academic abilities, and will support you as you explore new ways to think, analyse, and defend your beliefs. In addition to your weekly tutorial you will have four seminars each week, as part of a group of no more than eight like-minded students. A Cambridge academic will guide the seminars, but the emphasis is on you. Extend your understanding by participating in dynamic group discussions, collaborative presentations, and asking questions of our expert staff. You will also attend interactive workshops, which will enable you to explore general academic topics such as essay writing technique to help you improve the work you produce whilst with us.
13-15 year olds
Why study with us? You’ll learn from expert tutors and study in fun, highly interactive seminars of around six students from around the world. As our classes are so small you’ll get lots of attention from your tutor and can focus in on the areas that really interest you. This means over the course of the time you spend with us you’ll get more attention from an expert tutor than you would elsewhere. Our tutors are all highly experienced and passionate about their subject areas, you’ll be learning from an experts in their field. Don’t worry though, regardless of your level our tutors will guide and inspire you to understand new subjects quickly or if you’re already familiar with your chosen subject they’ll help you to rapidly improve and extend your knowledge. Each week you’ll receive between 25-27 hours of contact time with your tutor. We mix classroom teaching with lots of highly interactive group projects to encourage you to develop your subject knowledge. Depending on your subject you could be a coming up with a new business idea, making a gaming app or writing and performing in a play. All the while you’ll be working together with your peers and have fun while creating an exciting, interactive pieces of work that improve your knowledge of your chosen subject.
Exclusive Cambridge subjects – Introducing 7 new subjects for 2018
Are you interested in personalised medicine? Do you wonder how society is adapting to a rapidly changing world? Would you like to be part of the digital revolution? Don’t be fooled by its historic architecture, because this city is right at the heart of a technological revolution and our new, Cambridge exclusive subjects showcase the very best of this cutting-edge research. Known as the Silicon Fen, Cambridge attracts both forward-thinking start-ups and tech giants who will help shape our future. They benefit from world-leading expertise at the University and now you can too.