The Cambridge History Summer Program gives you a chance to study, in detail, specific historical figures, periods or events. A team of eminent historians offer courses that cover a wide range of problems and themes in British, European and global history.
The academic program consists of:
- Four special subject courses (two per week)
Courses are led by members of the University’s Faculty of History and visiting academics. You may wish to attend courses which most complement one another or you may make a selection which covers the broadest historical period possible.
- Plenary lectures on Turning Points and evening talks
* Details of the 2018 program are still subject to final change *
Additional Course Information
Each year, eminent historians from the University of Cambridge and beyond are invited to contribute plenary lectures related to a chosen theme. The theme of this year’s morning plenary lectures is Turning Points.
Download the Cambridge History Summer School Special Topics List 2018 to see what’s on offer for you!
University and Faculty
University of Cambridge
Recently celebrating its 800th anniversary, the University of Cambridge was founded in 1209 and has since upheld a well-established reputation for academic development and research, with notable alumni including comedian Stephen Fry, actor Ian McKellen, and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. Even some of the greats of history itself such as the poet John Milton, the famed naturalist Charles Darwin, and mathematician Sir Isaac Newton, making Cambridge an ideal location in order to walk in the footsteps of such history greats.
It is in fact so successful that the university is able to lay claim to producing the most Nobel Peace Prize winners of any educational institution, with 90 recipients over a variety of disciplines including history, philosophy and the arts.
About a 50 minute train ride from King’s Cross in London, Cambridge’s location in England’s east gives it ample access to the nation’s capital and means for international travel. The university’s on-campus accommodation makes for an even more convenient stay, with the opportunity to mix and live with local students.
Site Visits and Cultural Activities
There are a high number of weekend excursions and walking tours available during your stay at Cambridge. We’ve included the mains ones below to give you a feel for what’s on offer:
Cambridge Walking Tour
Take a unique walking tour of Cambridge. Your guide will bring to life the many famous landmarks, magnificent architecture and historical churches in the city. Sites include Queens’ College, the Mathematical Bridge, King’s Parade, Senate House, Trinity College and St John’s College. Your guide will help you find your way around the city and give you all the best known insights.
In 2014 Bletchley Park was re-opened to the public by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge following an £8 million Heritage Lottery funded restoration project. The aim was to preserve the unique history of one of the most top-secret locations of the Second World War. Bletchley Park was instrumental to the Allied forces being able to crack the codes and ciphers of the Axis nations and found renewed fame in the 2014 film ‘The Imitation Game’ which details the life of Alan Turing in his struggle to crack the Enigma code.
Windsor is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world and the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen. You will be able to visit St George’s Chapel, where many members of the royal family (including Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) are buried, and watch the Changing of the Guard. You will also have the opportunity to explore the historic town of Windsor, or cross the river to Eton, famous for its college where many eminent and well-known figures.
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 Accommodation options this year.
Hear the experiences of other students on this program
“It’s the peak of summer, so Cambridge is covered with tourists, music, sunshine and an awful lot of surprisingly beautiful things. Take Kings College, which I just got back from visiting. I learned in my lectures that it was started by Henry VI, but thanks to a little war (the War of the Roses), it was finished by Henry VIII, the one with plenty wives. His wives, specifically Anne Boleyn had her initials on an oak screen at the chapel. She got to see them for a whole three years before she was executed.” – Grace Wilson, Bachelor of Education. READ MORE
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.
Credit and Funding Basics
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.
Course convenors will not be able 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 this in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack, along with information about how to apply for credit at your university.
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, as well as in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.
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.
Applications are now open for this program. Early application is recommended as places are limited.
We’ve included for your convenience below the initial stages of the application process.
1. Apply online
2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results
3. We’ll review your results and application and if you are eligible, will invite you to an initial consultation by phone with an advisor.
4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation with an advisor.
5. The phone consultation lasts about 15 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.
6. Once you return any necessary documents (which we’ll advise you of in the consultation), we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, we’ll send you your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.
7. Your acceptance pack will contain the course syllabus, steps on applying for credit and funding, and an invoice for the program down payment. Your place is secured once you’ve paid your down payment.
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.
Students who wish to apply after the official application closing date (2nd April) are required to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us directly on (02) 9975 7792. Please note, that late applications are subject to a $100 late fee (inclusive of the $55 phone consultation fee). For more information, please refer to the AIM Overseas Late Application Fee document.
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