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.
Magdalene College, University of Cambridge
The summer program 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.