University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, England

Cambridge University Pre-College Academic Programs

Ready to explore the English countryside’s beauty while taking courses at one of the world’s oldest universities? Located in the center of the ancient city of Cambridge, 65 miles north of London, Cambridge is a collegiate gem with a history that spans millennia, including a historic partnership with Summer Discovery for over 34 years. For centuries, Cambridge has been the center of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels.  

Connect with world-class instructors in STEM, social sciences, Law & Government, Business, and more. Small class sizes and engaging curriculum allow students to dive deep into their academic area(s) of interest. Outside of class, explore the cultural, historic, and modern charm of an ancient city.

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Campus Life & Activities

Enjoy the Cambridge campus in the heart of the British countryside along the River Cam. Stroll through famous landmarks, including castles, abbeys, palaces, and more. With its perfect blend of traditional and trendy, Cambridge students have access to modern amenities and old-world charm in the coffee shops, restaurants, cafes, and shops.

After class, tour stunning cathedrals, see Monet’s great works, shop the historic Market Square boutiques, or relax in Parker’s Piece Park. Connect with friends over a game of frisbee or Rock n’ Bowl the night away. There’s something for everyone in Cambridge.

Sample Daily ScheduleSee what a typical day is like for students at our Cambridge University program! Experience Life on Campus

Top 10 Cambridge Activities

  • Enjoy the British pastime of afternoon tea and scones at The Orchard Tea Gardens.
  • Travel back in time to the Cambridge countryside estate at Anglesey Abbey.
  • Visit the stunning 14th century architectural masterpiece that is Ely Cathedral.
  • Go punting with your friends in a boat along the River Cam, the quintessential Cambridge experience.
  • Dress up and dance the night away during teen night at Hidden Rooms.
  • See Shakespeare come to life in the college gardens during the Shakespeare Festival.
  • Spend the day exploring Windsor Castle, the late Queen’s palace overlooking the Thames River.
  • Explore Audley End House and Gardens and discover what life was like at a Victorian country house.
  • Visit Oxford, the “city of dreaming spires,” home to ‘the other’ famous University.
  • Shop the historic market square and the stylish boutiques in Cambridge.

Want to learn more about what you can expect from your experience?    

See What a Typical Day is Like

*All on-campus activities are subject to change based on current safety protocols.

2023 Dates & Tuition

  • Zoe N."I really liked the the activities and the flexibility within them was really nice. The program really helped me with my confidence in social scenarios." Zoe N.
  • Claire A."I immensely enjoyed my business class. As someone who hasn't had much experience in that field it really opened my eyes up to the positives and nuanced parts of the field!"Claire A.
  • Tommy T."I received so much love here and I am super thankful for this experience. It really gave me an idea of what college will be like."Tommy T.
  • Valeria V."I think it was absolutely awesome. This program has increased my interests in subjects that I didn’t expect to have any interest in."Valeria V.
  • Ayisah A.“I have met so many new people and learned so many new things. This has made me realize what I may want my major to be and helped me learn more about my academic strengths and weaknesses.” Ayisah A.
  • Vaughn V.“I got to learn a lot of new things from my courses. It was also great to get a feel of what college will feel like, living in a dorm, having freedom, and going to classes.” Vaughn V.
  • Rodrigo L.“This experience let me interact with other cultures and it was overall enriching, especially my classes!” Rodrigo L.
  • Meredith M.“I really enjoyed meeting new friends and learning. I loved seeing a country I’ve never been to and it was an amazing experience. The freedom this program gives is amazing and the staff is always great. I learned so much over the summer.” Meredith M.

Program Details

Living: Our home on campus is Orchard Court Residence Hall at Murray Edwards College. Students live in a single, double, or triple room with communal hallway bathrooms. Every room includes a bed, study desk, closet, sink, and free Wi-Fi. Lounges, game rooms, laundry facilities, and the Summer Discovery Office are all in our residence hall. We are located only a short walk from the Dome Dining Hall, academic buildings, and the city center of Cambridge.

Dining: Unique to Summer Discovery is our all-inclusive meal plan. Enjoy two meals daily, while on campus in the modern Dome Dining Hall. Choose from daily options at the salad bar, pasta counter, dessert bar, and more. Are you a vegetarian? Do you have food allergies? Special diets are not a problem.

Tuition includes: Term fees, academic program, 2 meals daily while on campus (1 on weekends), recreation privileges, activities and trips, blanket and pillow, and linens.

Not included: Application fee, student ID/technology fee, airfare, airport transfers from/to LHR only (available each way), class materials, course supplements, lunch, meals eaten off campus, medical expenses, laundry, souvenirs, and personal spending money.


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