It was the experience of a lifetime and an incredible opportunity! The Cambridge Summer Program was incredible in every sense! It exceeded my expectations. The program offers the opportunity to study in one of the world's best universities with an incredible team of Cambridge professors and world-leading researchers teaching and mentoring you throughout the experience. The city of Cambridge itself is absolutely magical; the colleges are all beautiful, ornate and rich with history, and there is no shortage of adventures to be had, rivers to punt on or memories to be made. The program attracts students from more than 50 countries worldwide and provides an amazing opportunity to make lifelong friends while you study and experience college life abroad at Cambridge. I could not recommend this program enough! My accomodation was wonderful! The college was absolutely beautiful and the porters were incredibly friendly and accomodating. We had a short walk to meals (which was a great way to explore Cambridge) and the location right in the city centre was fantastic. All of the facilities a student could possibly need were provided or available on request. I could not recommend Gonville & Caius College enough. The opportunity to study with students from all over the world in an incredible setting like Cambridge was absolutely phenomenal and the experience of a lifetime!
- Natasha Traves, former AIM Overseas participant
Applications are now open for this program for July 2020! Click here to apply now.
This program presents a great opportunity to undertake interdisciplinary study in the Sciences with some of Cambridge University’s finest teachers. The course has an interdisciplinary approach and includes a range of topic areas drawing from a wide range of experts. Sessions make use of some of the many splendid collections, museums and facilities within Cambridge.
The academic program consists of:
- Plenary lectures
All participants are registered for a course of plenary lectures. Lectures from leading Cambridge scientists will explore a particular theme. The 2020 theme is not yet confirmed.
- Evening lectures
Lectures provide introductions to additional aspects of science.
- Special subject courses (2 courses per week)
Awesome experience. I have a disability and my needs were not just met but exceeded, staff were really helpful in structuring program so that I could attend all lectures. The lectures were very informative led by experts in their field with a desire to share their knowledge. The college accommodation was better than the student accommodation back at home University. Take advantage of all that is on offer so you can immerse in the culture. Many new friends. Depth of knowledge and experience. From the day I received my acceptance letter I was in awe of being accepted by one of the leading universities of the world. The journey started here and I started researching my college and the town of Cambridge so I would know what to do and where to go while there to ensure I made the best of my experience. Attend all the lectures, even the plenaries that you are not studying in that area, because I learnt so much about this world we live in and how we can change our behaviours to make things better. The staff at the International Summer Program were very helpful and wanted to give you the best experience of Cambridge. This is a program not just for university students but had people from 18 to 80's and there was a wealth of knowledge to tap into. The lecturers were experts in their field and made the daily lectures informative and interactive so that you didn't want to miss a word. Be a part of the campus life while there, join in the extra activities and take a tour of you can. This is something I will never forget and am planning on returning as it is encouraged. It is not just a once in a lifetime thing, it becomes a part of you and although many people may say they have been to Cambridge, you can say you have studied there. Experience and enjoy. Where else can you handle a piece of ice from Antarctica what was over 12,000 years old. Learn from people that have actually lived there and worked there. Study from Zoologists and take field trips through museums. All part of the daily lectures.
- Donna Lock, former AIM Overseas participant
Each course consists of five sessions. You may choose to follow a particular track by selecting courses in related subject fields, but an interdisciplinary approach is also encouraged. Students have the option of choosing a special subject for each week.
Please check out the 2020 Cambridge Science Topics List for reference.
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.
This information is still be confirmed, the information below is based on the 2019 program details
This program is overseen by Dr Tom Monie. He is the Assistant Director of Academic Centres (Academic) and an ICE Teaching Officer and the Academic Director for STEM (Biological) Sciences. He is a protein biochemist with a long-standing interest in infection, immunity and genetics. Tom is a Fellow of Christ's College, University of Cambridge, where he also acts as a Tutor and the Director of Studies in Part 1A Biological Natural Sciences.
Tom oversees and teaches a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the biological and medical sciences. These include courses on the Certificate in Genetics, the Diploma in Evolutionary Biology, Infection and Immunity, Medical Education, and Genomic Medicine amongst others. Tom's extensive experience in teaching within the University includes undergraduate supervisions, practical classes and lectures - he currently delivers the first year "Genes in Action" course for the Biology of Cells, along with a wide-range of postgraduate teaching and the education of adult and professional learners. His research publication topics have included topics such as cat allergy- which was a global media story- Crohn's Disease, inherited auto-inflammatory genetic diseases, species variation in immunity and inflammation, and protein function in the immune system.
Many students have benefited from his involvement in a wide range of teaching activities targeted at the provisions of subject-specific and transferable skills for graduate students. Tom is a firm believer that learning should be fun, that student participation is central to this process, and that successful teaching requires responsiveness to the needs of the students. He aims to instill these elements into his teaching and engagement activities.
Each topic is taught be an expert of that field.
Each subject offered by Cambridge is taught be a respective expert lecturer.
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.
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.
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:
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.