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 Studies Programme at Magdalene College, Cambridge

The Advanced Studies Programme (Ages 16-18) 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 on this programme choose one university-level subject per week, although they can choose to focus on one subject throughout their stay.

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.

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. Students wanting to apply to Russell Group universities will leave which a much clearer idea of the process.

SAT Preparation – This class provides students with a variety of techniques to help in answering SAT questions and gives tips as to the most effective means of preparation for the tests to maximise their score.
Introduction to UCAS – The UK’s university admissions process involves a single application and is administered by the ‘University and Colleges Admissions Service’.  This can be a daunting experience for those used to a different system and the masterclass takes students through the process and offers advice on how to complete an application effectively.
Personal Statements – Writing a personal statement is an integral part of a student’s university application process and there are important points to bear in mind, both in terms of content and style.  This masterclass offers suggestions and advice to improve the quality of the students’ submissions.
Interview & Presentation Skills – Preparation is the key to interview success and there are tips and tricks in preparing for an interview.  Similarly, giving an effective presentation involves techniques of presenting content and self-projection.  These masterclasses offer advice to encourage success.
Essay Writing Skills – A good essay requires careful structure and presentation of argument, often supported by evidence.  These masterclasses give students guidance in structure, arguments, syntax and tone.
Study Skills – The amount of independent study required at university can be a shock to many freshmen.  Learning how to read effectively, take good notes, make good use of lecture material and research and revise appropriately is invaluable for when the university career begins.
How to Choose a Degree – This class aims to provide students with a clearer idea of how to match their aptitudes and interests, and career aspirations, with a suitable choice of degree.  It also offers advice on avoiding courses that do not match strengths and interests.
UK Undergraduate Experience – This class gives an opportunity to speak to Oxford undergraduates about their university experience, including the application process and insights into the  life of a student at one of the most famous academic institutions in the world.

Suggested Daily Structure

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

Week 1 Itinerary

AMArrivalsTutorialsTutorialsTutorialsExcursion Day - London Thames Cruise and Greenwich Walking TourExcursion Day - OxfordTutorials
PMArrivalsTour of City and CollegesDebate Society
1:1 Supervisions with tutor
EveWelcome GamesActivity - Tour of the cityFormal HallActivity - Minute to Win ItActivity - Film NightGuest SpeakerGraduation Ceremony & Party

Week 2 Itinerary

AMTutorialsTutorialsTutorialsTutorialsExcursion DayExcursion DayDepartures
PMTutorialsDebate Society1:1 Supervisions
University Preparation Masterclasses
TutorialsTrip to Stonehenge & BathOxford/Cambridge tour of colleges and puntingFree Day (For 4-week students)
EveASP OlympicsTheatre VisitPizza PartyFree Evening / Private StudyFilm NightFormal Hall and Graduation Ceremony Free Evening

Reports & Credit

Academic credit may be available for four-week courses. If you would like to be awarded credit for attending the programme 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 2022

Magdalene College, Cambridge University

Two-week programme

12 – 26 July 2022,  26 July – 9 August 2022

Four-week programme

12 July – 9 August 2022

Cost of Advanced Studies Programme per week – £2,250 ($3,030 for US students)

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