The Cambridge Interdisciplinary Summer Program is suitable for those who want to concentrate their studies on two or three courses in the same discipline as well as for those who want to study more widely by choosing courses in different subject fields, including archaeology, politics, literature, history, international relations, art, history of science and philosophy.
*The 2020 program information is yet to be released. The 2019 program information is listed below as an example.*
2019 pricing ranges from $5,250 - $6,095 per term, depending on accommodation selected.
The academic program consists of:
- Plenary lectures
The morning plenary lecture series focuses on Impact, with talks on politics, scientific discovery, literature, art, economics, conflict, climate change and a wide variety of other topics. The 2019 theme is Intelligence.
- Evening lectures
Invited speakers and members of the University will present a varied evening lecture programme, covering a wide range of subjects.
- Special subject courses
Courses consist of classroom sessions held on weekdays. Almost all are limited to 25 participants. You choose either two or three courses, each from a different group (A, B or C) for Term I, II or III.
Participants may concentrate their studies on two or three courses in the same discipline or study more widely by choosing courses in differing subject fields. With hundreds of possible course combinations to choose from, participants can devise their own curriculum which precisely meets their needs and interests.
Please check out the 2019 Cambridge Interdisciplinary Topic List for reference.
2020 information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.
There are a high number of weekend excursions and walking tours available during your stay at Cambridge. We’ve listed a list of tentative activities that may be offered:
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.
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 actor Ian McKellen, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and mathematician Sir Isaac Newton.
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.
2020 information will be posted as soon as it becomes available
2019 lectures will be taught by the following instructors:
Interdisciplinary Term I
Dr Amy Milton: 'Forgetting pills': an intelligent way to treat mental illness?
Professor Simon Redfern: Applications of AI to the study of environmental risk
Professor Alison Smith: ‘Intelligence’-gathering by plants and algae: chemical signalling and information-sharing
Dr Paul Elliott: Comparative animal 'intelligence'
Max Beber: Too clever for our own good? Science, production, policy, and humankind in the 21st century
Dr Leo Mellor: Seedy, clever, bleak: spies in British 20th-century literature
Dr Graham McCann: Intelligence and democracy: information, wisdom and the real lesson of Brexit
Dr Ed Turner: Intelligent agriculture
Evening joint talks
Professor Lord Colin Renfrew ScD FBA: Early centres of congregation: the sanctuary on Keros
Dr Fred Parker: Shakespeare's Measure for Measure: why it's hard to balance the accounts
Mr Francis Wells: Leonardo (title tbc)
Professor Stephen Cave: Immortality in the age of AI
Interdisciplinary Term II
Professor Simon Conway Morris: Why the evolution of intelligence is inevitable
Dr Kanta Dihal: The history of imagining intelligent machines
Janice Steed: Emotional intelligence
Evening joint talks
Dr Luke Kemp: The Red Queen: why societies collapse
Dr James Grime: Alan Turing and the Enigma machine
Dr Victoria Avery: Feast and fast: the art of food in Europe 1500-1800
Dr Frank Woodman: John Wastell, the life of a Tudor Architect and his crowning achievement, Kings' College
Dr Colin Schindler: The film reputations of John F Kennedy, Lyndon B Johnson and Richard M Nixon
Allen Packwood: Churchill and D-Day
Interdisciplinary Term III
Dr Alex Carter: Intelligence and creativity: practical advice for creative thinkers
Dr James Grime: Secrets of a digital world
Dr Paul Elliott: Comparative animal 'intelligence'
Janice Steed: Emotional intelligence
Joint evening talks
Dr Frank Woodman: Ely cathedral, triumph snatched from the jaws of disaster
Professor Mark Bailey: The rise of the English yeomanry out of the catastrophe of the Black Death, 1350 to 1500
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.
2020 information is still to be confirmed and will be shared when available, in the meantime you can read more about the Cambridge 2019 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.
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.
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 currently closed for this program and will open on the 14th October 2019.
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 for the July intake are open!
The application process for this program are as follows:
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 . Alternatively, you are welcome to or . Registering your interest means you’ll receive updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline.