Spend the summer by the tranquil river Cam at Cambridge University


The University of Cambridge was founded in 1209 after scholars and students left Oxford and established a new centre of learning. Colleges began to be established in the thirteenth century and soon became part of the fabric of the city.

Cambridge provides a superb backdrop of scholarship and timeless splendour, rich with world-class academic achievement and steeped in history. It is the home of some of the great minds of the age and some of the most significant theories and inventions of all ages, across all intellectual disciplines.

At the same time the city has an aura of tranquility. It is a small and elegant city, with aesthetic magnificence in its historic buildings and restful beauty in its quaint cobbled streets, gardens and the river which runs throughout.

Advanced Study Programme at Magdalene College, Cambridge

The Advanced Study Programme takes place in Magdalene College, founded in 1428 and the seventh oldest Cambridge College. Located just north of the city centre on the River Cam, it enjoys the longest riverfront of any college. Magdalene is famous for housing the diaries of Samuel Pepys, the writer who recorded the events of the Great Fire of London in 1666.

Traditional Magdalene buildings such as the Pepys Library are complemented by the modern Cripps Court dorm and teaching block. Student bedrooms, teaching rooms and the dining hall are in the main college buildings. Students have single rooms, some with en-suite bathrooms. Wi-Fi is available across the campus. It’s a short walk to the centre of Cambridge and the attractions, shops and cafes.

Those who join us this summer will follow in the footsteps of the Kings and Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers, and Nobel Prize winners who were educated at the University. Cambridge is a city of impressive university buildings, an ideal location for a traditional English summer school.


The accommodation at Magdalene consists of single and twin bedrooms with shared bathrooms in separate male and female accommodation blocks. In addition to an auditorium, a social room and a sports field, there is also a laundry room free of charge. Living and studying in this world-renowned location allows our students to experience student life as a Cambridge University undergraduate.

Academic Courses

Students choose two subjects from the wide choice offered, over each two-week period. Most students on the four programme continue with their chosen subjects although it is possible to change subjects after two weeks.

Subjects are studied in depth through daily tutorials. Reading and written preparation is set, completed during evening study or free-time periods, which reinforces the material and themes and helps develop sound study methods.

Course faculty are highly experienced and enthusiastic communicators, the majority being Cambridge University graduates, many undertaking research and teaching at undergraduate level.


We appreciate that students thrive and develop skills best when they are involved and have a creative outlet. Interactive insights are offered, meeting twice each week; for each insight there is a presentation to the rest of the student group during the final graduation dinner.

Students receive one subject insight session per week for each of their two chosen subjects. We organise sessions into five academic schools.

In Cambridge, the five schools are new technologies, health science, social science, business and STEM.

The first subject insight will address topical issues within the school led by counsellors and the second subject insight, led by an external provider, gives students ‘hands-on’ experience in the subject field.

University Preparation Masterclasses

Afternoon ‘masterclasses’ are offered over each two-week programme. These are designed to explore key skills essential for success in higher education and future careers. Sessions are led by one of the teaching faculty or by guest speakers and consist of interactive seminars followed by reinforcement, allowing students to practise and refine the skills.

Suggested Daily Structure

The weekly timetable includes morning tutorials, afternoon workshops, visits and activities, with two cultural excursions each week.

Week 1 Itinerary

AMArrivalsTutorial 1 Tutorial 2Tutorial 1 Tutorial 2Tutorial 1 Tutorial 2Excursion DayTutorial 1 Tutorial 2Morning Off
PMArrivalsTour of City and Colleges1:1 Supervisions
University Preparation Masterclasses
Tutorial 1 Tutorial 2London walking tour and London EyeSubject InsightSubject Insight
EveWelcome GamesGuest SpeakerQuiz NightMurder MysteryFilm NightOxford SoapboxIgNobel Night

Week 2 Itinerary

AMExcursion DayTutorial 1 Tutorial 2Tutorial 1 Tutorial 2Tutorial 1 Tutorial 2Excursion DayTutorial 1 Tutorial 2Departures
PMOxford/Cambridge tour of colleges and puntingSubject Insight1:1 Supervisions
University Preparation Masterclasses
Tutorial 1 Tutorial 2Trip to Stonehenge & BathSubject InsightFree Day (For 4-week students)
EveOASP OlympicsTheatre VisitPizza PartyFree Evening / Private StudyFilm NightFormal Hall and Graduation Ceremony Free Evening

Academic Credit

Academic credit may be available for four-week courses. If you would like to be awarded credit for attending the program we must liaise with your school to satisfy its criteria and arrange the credit before you arrive in the UK. We communicate directly with your school to ensure that the subject material and delivery fit with specific requirements. Students who wish to receive a credit transfer should consult their school guidance counsellor.

Every student takes home a certificate of attendance, along with a full report card written by the Course Director and tutors. Reports include an assessment of progress and achievement as well as suggestions for consolidation and further studies. We can send a copy of the certificate and report card to your school as proof of academic achievement.

Higher Education

The academic work undertaken during the programme provide an excellent foretaste of college level study, helping students make the transition to a more independent, and self-motivated learning style. A summer programme taken in Oxford or Cambridge is always an impressive addition to a college application, and can make a big difference in the competitive selection process.

Increasing numbers of students are interested in applying to a British university. Specific guidance on applying through the UCAS system can be arranged upon request.

Activities and Sport

There is a range of activities offered, from debates, drama and musical performances to ten-pin bowling, and visits to open-air theatre or cinema. Students in Cambridge enjoy the Fitzwilliam Museum, King’s College Chapel or a walk through Grantchester Meadows along the River Cam. Our students particularly enjoy ‘punting’ on the river, a quintessentially English way to spend a sunny summer day, though requiring some skill! Shakespeare plays are often performed in beautiful college gardens, a delightful summer evening experience.

Sporting activities are optional and students are given opportunities to refine their skills in traditional British games, such as croquet and cricket. Other sports offered include soccer, basketball, tennis, swimming and ice-skating. Sports sessions are held during the afternoons and evenings and practice can be arranged for other sporting interests, according to demand.

Oxford and Cambridge are compact cities, easy for walking. Students are shown the main sites and important landmarks on an orientation tour and are soon able to walk around easily and confidently, familiar with the buildings, colleges, museums and galleries as well as the best cafes and restaurants. Thereafter, they may enjoy exploring the city during free time. Safety is paramount and students not accompanied by a member of staff, should always be with at least one other student.


On each two-week course there are two full-day excursions and one half-day excursion to places of interest, including at least one visit to London. Popular destinations include:

Blenheim Palace
Ely & Ely Cathedral
Windsor Castle & Eton
Warwick Castle
Stonehenge & Bath

Students enjoy relevant visits to local companies, museums and other cultural highlights. In addition to the excursions, faculty may take their students on field trips relevant to their lessons.

Programme Dates & Tuition 2021

Magdalen College, Cambridge University

Two-week Programme

Cambridge: 4 – 17 July ; 18 – 31 July

Cost – £3,900, ($5,050 for US students)

Four-week Programme

Cambridge: 4 – 31 July

Cost – £7,800, ($10,100 for US students)