Short Course International Summer School Term I

University of Cambridge

Application deadline: June 26
Tuition fee:
  • € 3,296 / Year (EEA)
  • € 3,296 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: July  2015
Duration full-time: 26 days
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
More information: Go to university website
Entry level: Bachelor

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International Summer School Terms I and II are our interdisciplinary programmes, with courses covering a wide variety of subjects, including politics, economics, philosophy, archaeology, literature, history and international relations. The two terms are independent: you may enrol for either or both. You may concentrate your studies on two or three courses in the same discipline or study more widely by choosing courses in differing subject fields. Hundreds of possible course combinations allow you to devise a curriculum which precisely meets your interests.


ISS Term I: 9 July 3 August 2012

The academic programme

Four special subject courses (two per week)
Plenary lecture series (Term I only): IntelligenceEvening lectures

Special subject courses

Courses consist of classroom sessions which are held on each weekday, and most are limited to 25 participants. You choose either two or three courses, each from a different group: A, B, C in Term I; or D, E, F in Term II.

Special Subject Courses for Term I

Classes are held on weekdays only, from Tuesday 10 July to Thursday 2 August, with the exception of Friday 20 July, when there are no classes. Participants may choose two or three courses, one from each group (A, B, C).

Group A

  • A01 International politics in a global age
  • A02 The genius, the world and the legacy of the great English Romantic poets: Blake, Wordsworth and Coleridge, Byron, Keats and Shelley
  • A03 Britain and the world since 1900
  • A04 Sidney, Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare, and Donne: the great Elizabethan love poets
  • A05 The rise of civilisation
  • A06 Henry VIII: prince, king, emperor
  • A07 The origins of modern science
  • A08 Four plays of Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, Othello and Hamlet
  • A09 A history of British political thought: from 1651 to the present

Group B

  • B01 International politics in a global age
  • B02 Key moments in Shakespeare
  • B03 The English education system: 1870-present
  • B04 Milton the revolutionary: Paradise Lost and the forging of the modern world
  • B05 Across the Channel: modern painting in France and Britain
  • B06 Elizabeth I: fact and fiction
  • B07 The other Middle Ages: science in the Islamic world and the Latin debt to Islam
  • B08 Off with their heads! Childhood in literature from Shakespeare to Alice
  • B09 Crises in world politics since 1945
  • B10 Archaeology and the discovery of the world

Group C

  • C01 International politics in a global age
  • C02 European economic integration or disintegration?
  • C03 Socialism in the twentieth century: Russia and Britain
  • C04 Third World revolutions: Cuba, Chile, Angola, Ethiopia
  • C05 British politics today: problems and solutions
  • C06 The Glorious Revolution to the first Prime Minister: Britains Augustan age, 1688-1725
  • C07 A history of medicine from the Ancients to the nineteenth century

Plenary lectures

The theme for our major morning plenary series each year is interpreted in a range of exciting ways by senior figures from across the University. Contributors and titles are posted on the website as arrangements are confirmed.

Evening lectures

Invited speakers and members of the University will give a varied evening lecture programme, covering a wide range of subjects of current interest.


Programme Director: Sarah J Ormrod
Director of International Programmes

Teaching Staff - ISS Term I & II

Max Beber Senior Tutor and College Lecturer in Economics, Sidney Sussex College

Simon Browne Panel Tutor for the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education

Piers Bursill-Hall Lecturer for the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, University of Cambridge; Panel Tutor for the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education

Paul Crossley Panel Tutor for the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education

Dr Jonathan Davis Principal Lecturer in Russian and Modern History, Anglia Ruskin University

John Gilroy Lecturer in English, Anglia Ruskin University; Panel Tutor for the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education

Siân Griffiths Freelance Lecturer in History and History of Art

Caroline Holmes Garden Historian

Ulrike Horstmann-Guthrie Panel Tutor for the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education; Lecturer for the Department of German, University of Cambridge

Dr John Howlett Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

Dr Nicholas James Consultant; Affiliated Scholar in Archaeology, University of Cambridge; Panel Tutor for the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education

Dr Andrew Lacey Panel Tutor for the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education; Former Member of the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art, University of Cambridge

Dr Seán Lang Senior Lecturer in History, Anglia Ruskin University

Dr John Lawson Research Associate, Autism Research Centre, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge; Director of Studies in Social and Political Sciences, Girton College; Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Oxford Brookes University

Dr Graham McCann Former Lecturer in Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge; Kings College

Dr Nigel Miller Lecturer, Royal Holloway and Birkbeck College, University of London; Economic Advisor to Defra UK (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

Charlie Nurse Research Associate, Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge; Associate Lecturer in History, Open University

Jon Phelan Panel Tutor for the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education

Joanne Rhymer Independent Art Historian

Dr Paul Suttie Former Fellow of Robinson College; Panel Tutor for the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education

John Sutton Former Senior Lecturer in History, Anglia Ruskin University

Richard Yates Former Senior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University


These are university-level programmes. All of the programmes (unless otherwise stated) are open-access. Applications are welcome from undergraduate and graduate students who have already undertaken a minimum of one year of academic study in a university or other institute of higher education, and from teachers, lecturers and other adult learners with an interest in the subject, regardless of their educational background. Regrettably, the programmes are not open to high school or pre-university applicants. Applicants must be fluent in English.


At the time of going to press, the Student Visitor Visa is the relevant document for international students accepted on Summer School programmes. However, since regulations may change and additional documents may be required, students should always check current requirements for themselves. Please consult the Home Office website for more information about making a visa application:

Students must ensure they apply in sufficiently good time for the appropriate visas so that they are in a safe legal position to complete their course of study in Cambridge.

Language requirements for Interdisciplinary and Specialist Programmes

All teaching for the Summer Schools is in English. Applicants must satisfy themselves and the organisers of the Summer Schools that their English is of a standard high enough for them to be able to understand and follow arguments presented in written and spoken English at university level. We require all applicants (except those opting to do EAP or IELTS, please see below) whose first language is not English to have one of the following test results:

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the Universitys preferred test. Details can be obtained from local British Council offices. The minimum requirement is an overall band score of 6.5 with not less than 6.5 in each element.

In the TOEFL internet-based Test (iBT), the minimum requirement is an overall score of 100, with a minimum score of 25 in each element. Those who opt for the paper-based TOEFL test (PBT), rather than the internetbased test, must take the Test of Written English (TWE) at the same time. A paper-based TOEFL score without the TWE is not acceptable. The minimum requirement is 600 in the paper-based TOEFL test with 5.0 in the TWE. The minimum requirements must be achieved in the same sitting and no more than two years before the start of the programme. Our institution code for TOEFL is 7207.

Students with Cambridge CAE are required to achieve grade C or above. You need to include original or certified copies of these results with your application form. Without these documents, we will not be able to process your application.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 600
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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