The Shakespeare & the Renaissance Program was first held in 1994 and since then this program has proved hugely popular with students and Shakespeare enthusiasts from around the world. Leading scholars, editors, researchers and practitioners contribute to the Summer School, providing a unique academic experience and offering exposure to the latest developments in Shakespeare studies. Cambridge has a reputation for radical and innovative Shakespeare scholarship and interpretation, and many prominent actors and directors have studied there.
This program offers a rich collection of courses, lectures, and special events. You can explore the power, beauty, and meaning of Shakespeare’s plays with leading academics; discover connections and the wider world of Elizabethan culture; and explore aspects of performance, including, if you wish, workshops led by a professional actor and director.
2019 pricing ranges from $4,995 – $5,725 (TBC) per term, depending on accommodation selected.
The academic program consists of:
- Plenary lectures and evening talks
The theme of the morning plenary lecture programme is Transitions. Between the old order and a new modernity, hierarchy and individualism, faith and scepticism, Shakespeare’s world was in transition, and his works are acutely responsive to this cultural moment. Fluid identities, shifts in genre, slippage between viewpoints, and metamorphoses of all kinds will come into focus in these lectures.
- Four special subject courses (two for each week)
*Details of the 2019 program are still subject to final change*
Students choose two courses per week, with each course consisting of five sessions. You are expected to engage in preparatory work to gain the greatest benefit from your studies.
The Cambridge Shakespeare special courses for 2019 is yet to be confirmed. In the meantime, you can download the Cambridge Shakespeare & the Renaissance Special Topics List 2018 for your reference of what was previously offered.
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.
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.
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.
Accommodation for 2019 is yet to be confirmed. In the meantime, read more about the Cambridge Accommodation options students had in 2018.
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 now open for this program. Early application is recommended as places are limited.
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 6th May 2019.
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.