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Cambridge University

Cambridge, England

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Academic Options

Cambridge University offers several course types and programs that provide students a wide variety of academic options. 

Enhanced Enrichment Courses

  • Summer Discovery partners with Cambridge University to offer enhanced enrichment courses, exclusively for our students, taught by Cambridge faculty and top professional instructors in the British tutorial style that meet 5 times weekly for 2.5 hours. 

Enrichment Courses 

  • Summer Discovery partners with the Cambridge University to offer non-credit enrichment classes, exclusively for our students, taught by Cambridge faculty and top professional instructors in the British tutorial style that meet 4 times weekly for 1.5 hours each. 

Comprehensive Academies 

  • Summer Discovery partners with Cambridge University to offer intensive Academies, exclusively for our students, meeting 4-5 times a week, both morning and afternoon for 1.5-2.5 hours each. Academies consist of a 2 related courses, 1 enhanced enrichment and 1 enrichment course, paired together. We recommend that both Academy courses are taken together but they may be taken individually, combined with another course.

    Students receive a Summer Discovery "Certificate of Completion" at the end of the program.

    Choose one of the curriculum options below. Your choice indicates how you will spend your day academically during the program. You can choose to take 2 individual courses or a comprehensive full-day Academy in a specific subject area. Note: 4 week students choose 1 curriculum option for 2 week session 1 and 1 curriculum option for 2 week session 2.

    1 Enhanced Enrichment Course & 1 Enrichment Course

    Students who choose this curriculum will take 1 Enhanced Enrichment Course & 1 Enrichment Course. 

    Class sizes average between 6-18 students. These classes are a great way for you to learn something interesting and develop new skills. Courses are designed around the British and European experience, using Cambridge and the surrounding area as our extended classroom. Enhanced enrichment courses have papers, midterms and/or finals and are graded on the traditional American A, B, C, D and F system. Enrichment courses have homework, papers, and/or tests and are graded Pass/No Pass. 

    See our list of course options for this curriculum.

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    ESL and 1 Enrichment Course

    Students who choose this curriculum will take ESL in the morning and 1 enrichment course in the afternoon. 

    Class sizes average between 6-18 students. These classes are a great way for you to learn something interesting and develop new skills. Enrichment courses are designed around the British and European experience, using Cambridge and the surrounding area as our extended classroom. These courses have homework, papers, and/or tests and are graded Pass/No Pass. 

    See our list of course options for this curriculum.

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    Art & Architecture Academy

    As a part of this Academy, students will take Art & Architecture in the morning and Painting & Drawing the Countryside in the afternoon.
    Students are not restricted to taking the Academy, and can mix the morning and afternoon classes with a different course of their choosing.

    Art and Architecture

    The architectural heritage of Cambridge spans three millennium and is as much a part of the city as its’ famous University. There are a magnificent range of architectural styles from ancient to ultra-modern and everything in between. The art contained in many of these buildings is as impressive as the structures themselves. This course explores the grandeur of these buildings and their contents. Numerous field trips include King’s College chapel. This would do as a cathedral in most other towns. It is one of the most sublimely beautiful buildings in England. Started in 1438 and completed 100 years later, it is the emblem of Cambridge. The Reuben’s painting at the altar is valued at more than £20,000,000. Other sites include the Fitzwilliam museum with its collection of Constable and Turners; the church of the Holy Sepulchre (dated 1130) as well as visits to many other University Colleges and local domestic sites. 

    Painting and Drawing the Countryside

    With the River Cam, beautiful architecture, quaint villages and picturesque fen landscapes on our doorstep, Cambridge and its surrounding environs are the ideal “outdoor classroom” for this studio course. Students work in various media, including watercolors and pencil in various locations around Cambridge and Murray Edwards College. Basic techniques are taught. The course is for students of all abilities and will culminate with an exhibition of the student artists’ own work. ($125 Supplement)

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    English Literature & Writing Academy

    As a part of this Academy, students will take Shakespeare & the British Literary Tradition in the morning and Creative Writing in the afternoon.
    Students are not restricted to taking the Academy, and can mix the morning and afternoon classes with a different course of their choosing.

    Shakespeare and the British Literary Tradition

    The course explores works by Shakespeare and other British authors and involves academic study, watching and discussing productions, and visits to author-connected sites in Cambridge and London. We concentrate first on language, themes and different interpretations of a Shakespeare play, before looking at a variety of poems of different periods on some of the following topics: Love, Journeys, Gender, War. Students engage in class debate, give presentations, report on productions and introduce favorite works. Another popular activity is 'recreative writing': students take up the story where an author leaves off, set it in a new context, or give it a different twist. The course aims to promote not only understanding of literature but lively engagement with it.

    Creative Writing

    Learn to be creative, cultivate your imagination, and expand your creative writing abilities. Techniques and exercises to stimulate the imagination and self-expression through writing poetry, stories, dialogues, and journals are explored.

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    Global Business & Entrepreneurship Academy

    As a part of this Academy, students will take Global Business & Economics in the morning and Entrepreneurship in the afternoon. 

    Students are not restricted to taking the Academy, and can mix the morning and afternoon classes with a different course of their choosing.

    Global Business & Economics

    An introductory course examining the importance of globalization and interdependence in modern economies, and the world-wide impact of the recent global financial crisis. It will introduce the principles behind macro and micro economic theories and how they are applied in a modern, global business environment. Cambridge is a global leader in economic theory and the course will examine the role of leading theorists such as Marshall and Keynes. Cambridge is also a center of technology, drawing the likes of Mircrosoft (and its new European research center) to its location. Study businesses large and small to understand the ideas of global marketing, manufacturing and financial services and the part the UK plays in this global economy. Course may include London field studies visits to the London Stock Exchange and Harrods.

    Entrepreneurship

    An introduction into the entrepreneur experience, focusing on the skills and strategies required to start and operate a business in the UK and Euro zone. A practical experience introducing the reality of business start-up and operation, through the use of practical case study and group presentation. The key elements are: Elements of business; structure and control; marketing; human resources; sources and finance; planning and control.

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    Politics & International Relations Academy

    As a part of this Academy, students will take Politics and International Relations in the morning and Politics and Debating, British Style in the afternoon.
    Students are not restricted to taking the Academy, and can mix the morning and afternoon classes with a different course of their choosing.

    Politics and International Relations

    Review a range of historical topics from the cold war to international terrorism as a basis to explore the behavior of political institutions. Examine democracy, comparative political systems (especially the US and UK) and constitutions as they related to globalization, trade and climate change.

    Politics and Debating, British Style

    From the ancient floor of the Roman Forum to modern Houses of representatives, debate is a vital part of democracy. Study the great orators of the modern age and the fundamentals of political debate while developing communication and verbal skills. The course culminates in a debate at the historic Cambridge Union Society where your team debates as an important issue of the day.

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