What happens if there are no places left on the programme?
Unfortunately we only have a limited number of places available on each of our courses. When the 2017 programme becomes full, all other students will be put onto our reserve waiting list in the eventuality of more places becoming available at the last minute (e.g. if another student is no longer able to attend). We will also be able to keep you updated with details of our courses in future years.
How many subjects can I study?
All students enrolled onto the Cambridge SciSearch programme will be expected to choose 1 subject from the following list:
Biological Natural Sciences
Chemical Natural Sciences
Human, Social, and Political Sciences
We believe this allows students to engage with their chosen subject at a deeper level, providing a more realistic experience of undergraduate life at the university. However, there will be flexibility for students to switch between subjects midway through the programme if they express a strong desire to do so - this will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis depending on the remaining spaces in each subject.
What are the dates for the 2017 programme?
Cambridge SciSearch will be running two programmes in summer 2017, each for two weeks.
Programme 1: Sunday 6th August - Saturday 19th August 2017
Programme 2: Sunday 20th August - Saturday 2nd September 2017
Students will be asked to arrive in Cambridge on the first Sunday of each programme, after 10am, and depart on the second Saturday by midday.
Is there a difference between the two 2017 programmes?
Cambridge SciSearch is running two identical programmes for 2017 in order to accommodate for students who have busy summers planned. We found in 2016 that one programme restricted students summers and we hope this option will provide greater flexibility.
Some members of the team may change over the whole month, but the course content and timetable will remain constant throughout.
Do you cater for dietary requirements?
We can accommodate most, if not all dietary requirements – including vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, lactose intolerant, as well as religious dietary requirements and other dietary needs. We ask our students to let us know what your dietary requirements are before the summer school starts so that we can ensure we can cater to your needs.
What are the eating arrangements?
We provide both breakfast and dinner every day. Continental & English breakfast options will be provided in college between 8am - 9am, and similarly dinner will be provided between 5:30 - 6:30pm. Dinner includes a choice of three hot main courses including at least one vegetarian option, plus vegetables, side options and an unlimited salad bar. Both hot and cold dessert options plus a range of soft drinks will also be available. In addition, on 2 nights during the programme, students will get to experience the traditional 'Formal Hall' 3 course dinner at both an Oxford and Cambridge College.
At lunchtime, our students have the opportunity to explore the nearby Cambridge city centre where there is an extremely wide variety of lunch options. In the first few days students will be accompanied by our student welfare team, who will be able to recommend the best lunch spots and ensure that our students get to know their way around the city. Jesus College is just a 5 minute walk away from the main city centre, providing easy access to a wide variety of shops, cafes and restaurants.
What academic items do I bring with me?
You will be required to bring stationary that you would normally take with you to school or college e.g. pens, pencils, paper, calculator etc. If you have a laptop it will prove to be useful for your studies, but is not essential for you to complete the course.
How does Cambridge SciSearch differ from other summer schools?
Cambridge SciSearch is unique in that it combines the following factors to provide students with a true insight into undergraduate studies at the University of Cambridge, with timetables closely replicating the current courses.
Over 12 hours of practical based experiences in first class science laboratories or computing facilities (subject dependent), which equip students with the fundamental skills which are further developed in an undergraduate degree.
An action packed timetable of lectures, supervisions and practicals alongside extra-extracurricular activities developed by recent alumni from the University of Cambridge.
Lectures, supervisions and practicals delivered in realistic ratio's providing an unrivaled academic insight.
Located in the prestigious and centrally located Jesus College, University of Cambridge.
Inspirational visits to multiple sites of scientific interest around the country. This may include the Royal Institute of Science, the London Science Museum and the University of Oxford.
Opportunities to engage in academic enrichment activities and social activities in equal balance. Optional rowing taster sessions provided by one of the University College's leading boat clubs.