What is the Cambridge Scholars' Programme? The Cambridge Scholars’ Programme is a summer school based in Cambridge, UK. We provide a variety of courses, from the arts to the sciences, and a number of trips to explore the country and learn about the history and culture of Britain. We also offer many activities in the afternoons and evenings, with the aim of having lots of fun and making new friends – while learning something new in many cases. Our students – whom we call scholars – are looked after by mentors from some of the world's top universities, who also provide many of the activities. The vast majority of deputies are University of Cambridge students and alumni, and are picked because they are responsible and mature, and have very impressive resumes. In total the deputies have worked over 20 summers’ worth of summer schools in Cambridge, so have plenty of experience and are able to deal with any situations that may arise. Each deputy looks after around 6-10 scholars.
What do I get out of the Cambridge Scholars' Programme?
The Cambridge Scholars’ Programme is a fantastic opportunity to study in Cambridge, to broaden your horizons with a variety of cultural trips around the UK, to make lifelong friends from across the United States and indeed the world, to gain confidence and maturity, to experience college life but in a safe, secure environment, and to above all have fun.
Who is the typical student?
Many of our students are intelligent teenagers from across the United States, but we welcome applicants from all over the world provided that you are very good at speaking English. We have had students attend from over 20 different countries across North and South America, Europe and Asia. We seek students who are open to new cultures, enjoy learning and making new friends.
What is Cambridge like?
Cambridge is a beautiful, ancient city of learning centred on the University of Cambridge, Europe's best university which is over 800 years old. The ancient Cambridge colleges demonstrate a wide variety of beautiful architectural styles. It is very safe.
What about health and safety?
The UK and Cambridge are very safe places to visit. The centre of Cambridge has extensive traffic restrictions so there are very few cars. We have multiple first aid-trained staff, first aid kits in college, at activities and on trips. In the unlikely event of more serious injury, Accident & Emergency is free in the UK even for overseas visitors.
My family cannot afford the full tuition. Can I apply for financial aid? Yes, but this will be more competitive than normal applications and limited to covering half of the tuition for students from other countries or UK private schools. (UK state school students may apply for financial aid to cover the full tuition but this is extremely competitive.) Even if you are fortunate enough to be selected it will take significantly longer to hear back from us about your application than for normal applicants.
You can apply here.
If you are successful you will be emailed. The link in the original email from us will automatically update to let you know where in the process your application stands.
Do I need a visa?
US citizens do not need a visa to enter Britain or France, but the citizens of many countries do need a visa. You can check to see if you need a visa here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa
For France, you can check if you need a visa here: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/getting-a-visa/
You are responsible for getting your own visa if one is required. If necessary you can apply for a visa three months in advance, so please apply for one in April.
What is the accommodation like?
We will be living in one of the Cambridge colleges, which is manned by porters 24 hours a day. Porters ensure safety and can help with problems. Staff will be living in the college and as close as possible to their groups, to again ensure safety and help with any problems. The typical room will contain a bed, desk, desk chair, chest of drawers, wardrobe, and easy chair. Bed linen and towels will be provided.
Girls and boys are accommodated on separate staircases. Boys may not visit the girls’ staircases and vice versa.
Students will have their own single room. Bathrooms and showers will be shared between about six people.
Tell me more about being a Cambridge Ambassador
Cambridge Ambassadors help to spread word-of-mouth about the Cambridge Scholars’ Programme in their school, local community or on the Internet. More information and the requirements will be available if you get accepted.