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The dates for our 2018 Arts and Humanities Summer School are not yet confirmed, please check back later for further information.

The summer school acts as an exciting opportunity to discover the range of Arts and Humanities courses on offer at the University of Cambridge. Students experience sample lectures and seminars, workshops, and a supervision. There is also guidance on admissions and interviews, and the chance for students to explore the city of Cambridge for themselves.

There is no charge for the food, accommodation or activities, in other words the summer school is free of charge. Travel bursaries are available for students who come from a household with an income of £25,000 or below.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

be in year 12 or equivalent (home UK only)
attend a state school or college (applications will also be considered from students who are on a widening participation scholarship to an independent school)
have achieved at least 5 A/A*s at GCSE or equivalent, and be on track for achieving the grades to make a competitive application to Cambridge
be taking relevant subjects in relation to the subject stream they are applying for, if applicable

In addition, priority will be given to applicants who meet the following criteria, though this is not a prerequisite to applying:

the first generation in their family to attend university
eligible for free school meals and/or pupil premium
attend schools or colleges with a low overall A-level, Higher/Advanced Higher (or equivalent) point score and/or schools or colleges with low progression to higher education
who are (or have been) looked after, accommodated or in care who will only need to meet the study year and academic requirements. 

Please note that we will not accept applications to the summer schools from students who have already applied to university. 

Comments from participants of the 2017 Summer School:

'The summer school was the best experience I have ever had in terms of both knowledge and social aspects'

'I have loved the experience and the people I have met. All student ambassadors, lectures and helper were sincerely lovely and personable. In some ways, it made the university experience more real and achievable'

'I'd just like to thank everybody for the best week I've ever had and really hope I get to see you all soon!'

'I wasn't sure if I wanted to go into further education or not but now I know that I do'

'This summer school really helped me consider other subjects that I have never considered before'

'I enjoyed the opportunity to openly discus issues with a panel of academics'

'Reading a poem had a teacher that seemed really passionate about her subject and it was a very supportive atmosphere'

'The visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum was educational and allowed us to explore new ways of learning from resources'

'Extremely engaging speakers with relevant and interesting knowledge!'

'The archaeology session was a completely different take on humanities which broadened my horizons significantly'

'It was useful to see facilities available to students'

'The debating session gave me confidence to speak publicly'

'I really enjoyed my supervision as it was engaging and personal which allowed for more detailed thought'

'The admissions session was really helpful in clarifying myths about applications!'


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