Applications are now open for this program for July 2020! Click here to apply now.

This program presents a great opportunity to study a wide range of topics related to current challenges we face as global citizens.

Between seminars and plenary lectures, the programme topics are likely to include but are not limited to: international relations, global politics, international development, foreign policy, Europe now and after Brexit, migration, populations, sustainability, climate change and the major global players, such as Russia, China and the USA!

The academic program consists of:

  • Seminars
    You will choose one seminar subject, and meet with your seminar leader and fellow seminar participants six times, on specific afternoons across the two weeks. Seminar groups will be limited in size, allowing students time to engage with the topics and to discuss the subjects covered by the Seminar Leaders and by the morning plenary speakers.

    See more info about seminars in the Additional Information section below.
  • Plenary lectures
    Your morning plenary lectures will be given by leading figures from the University of Cambridge and distinguished visiting speakers.
  • Evening lectures

Seminar topics:
Gl1 - Social media’s global challenge Dr Calum Nicholson
The greatest challenge to social norms generally is often presumed to be the internet, particularly the rise of social media. Indeed, the change here is precisely the shift from local to global forms of social identity. We consider the major impact of social media not only on establishing localised communities, but also in wider terms - on international relations and the building of national identities.

Gl2 - Anthropic futures: potential and perils of human existence Ms Carla Zoe Cremer
What futures can humanity make possible? We examine the extent to which technological progress can be predicted, examined and influenced, and how the emerging field of longtermism evaluates what futures are desirable and possible. We consider existential threats to humanity, and from humanity to the existence of life. The study of humanity's trajectory must naturally learn from all disciplines, but draws especially on philosophy, computer science and biology.

Gl3 - Challenges to the global order Sir Tony Brenton
The end of the Cold War brought ‘Liberal International Order’ and, with no real competition to US domination, a period of rapid globalisation, the spread of democracy, and shared international approaches to problems such as climate change. Now that rival powers - notably Russia and China - have emerged, and Islamism has shattered peace in the Middle East and elsewhere, shared approaches to world problems have faltered. What has gone wrong, and what next for world order?

Gl4 - International Human Rights: war, conflict and the responsibility to protect Mr Toby Fenwick
War is depressingly constant throughout human history, and in the modern era, civilians frequently find themselves in the front line. This course charts the evolution of legal attempts from the 19th century to limit war’s excesses up to the current debate about whether, when and how States may intervene to protect human rights.

Gl5 - Polar challenges: the impact of the Eagle, the Bear and the Dragon Mr Tim Reilly
Global challenges which historically only affected non-Polar regions of the globe, are now under debate in the Arctic and Antarctica. This course examines four aspects of human affairs that are impacting both poles today: climate and environmental impacts; changes in political governance; the evolving status of superpowers in the regions; and the effects of the international political economy, shifting eastward.

Dr Dr Calum Nicholson

Ms Carla Zoe Cremer

Sir Tony Brenton

Mr Toby Fenwick Mr Tim Reilly

You will have the opportunity to live in one of the historic Cambridge Colleges and dine in the traditional halls. The College rooms you will be staying in are normally occupied by undergraduates so you will be living like a Cambridge student! Rooms are basic with a single bed and washbasin; some Colleges provide en suite facilities for an additional cost.

Read more about the Cambridge 2020 Accommodation options.

Located in Eastern England about 80 kilometres north of London, Cambridge is known as a ‘University city’, home to University colleges such as King’s, Trinity and St John’s, among others. These colleges, including many of which fall under the responsibility of Cambridge University, consist of old and spectacular buildings rich with history and centuries old design, which are commonly frequented by tourists who are fascinated by the many peaceful chapels and halls.

The area of Cambridge is sometimes called the Silicon Fen, which in likeness to the Silicon Valley, has a high concentration of technology based firms. Many of these can be found within the bounds of parks and buildings associated with universities, such as Cambridge Science Park. 

The surrounding area of the city is defined by farmland, flat plains, rolling hills and the River Cam. The River has historically put Cambridge on the map as a vital trading city, and although still used for trade it can now be seen to be a popular means of engaging in boating activities such as punting.

Here are just a few things that make the University City an ideal place to embark on your English experience:

  • Home to over 120,000 people, including a student population of approximately 24,000.
  • Cambridge is described as one of the “most beautiful cities in the world” by Forbes, 2010.
  • The University of Cambridge is one of the top 5 universities in the world.
  • The University of Cambridge takes charge of many popular museums, such as Fitzwilliam Museum, The Polar Museum, The Whipple Museum of the History of Science and the University Museum of Zoology among many others.
  • Cambridge is notable for its Arts Theatre, hosting numerous tours and locally-based productions with notable venues such as the Cambridge Corn Exchange and the ADC Theatre.


All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.

Your course convenors will not be able to approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive the syllabus upon being assessed as eligible for the program.

For more information, see our Credit and Funding pages.


You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.

Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.

We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, which we further outline in an email following your Initial Consultation. 

You can also find more information about OS-HELP on our Credit and Funding pages.

Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.

Early bird applications for our Mid-Year  2020 programs are now closed. They will open again on 6 January 2020.  

In the meantime, you can REGISTER YOUR INTEREST for a July 2020 program, meaning you’ll receive more program info and updates.

You’ll also be notified when applications are open!


The application process for this program are as follows:

1. Apply online via the “Apply Now” button or by clicking this link.

2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results from your studies at university so far after submitting your application.

3. We’ll review your university results and application and, if you are eligible for the program, we will invite you to book an initial consultation by phone with one of our Student Experience Coordinators. You will also be sent the course syllabus with more program info.

4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation at a suitable, available time with a Student Experience Coordinator.

5. The phone consultation lasts about 20-30 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.

6. After your consultation we’ll send you a follow-up email with instructions on what to do next, an invitation to join a program specific Facebook group to connect with other students applying for the program and a process document, which we have developed in conjunction with your Australian university, to guide you on how to apply for credit and funding.

7. Once you’ve completed the next steps in that follow-up email we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, you’ll be accepted onto the program.

8. Upon acceptance, you will receive three emails containing your AIM Acceptance letter, steps for applying for credit and funding at your Australian University, as well as your downpayment invoice. Note: Your downpayment is due in two weeks from the date of your acceptance and secures your place on the program.

9. Once you’ve paid your downpayment, your application will be sent to the host university for them to process and review and they’ll send us your final official host university acceptance letter which we will send to you.

10. The full program fee (as shown on the website) minus the downpayment and application fee already paid, will be due at the absolute latest by 4th May 2020.

Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions. Alternatively, you are welcome to submit an enquiry or register your interest. Registering your interest means you’ll receive updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline.