About the programme

  • 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
    Computer 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.


  • Are there laundry facilities?

    Yes. All students will have access to onsite laundry rooms as necessary. There is a £5 charge for use of the laundry rooms for the duration of the programme.
  • Will boys and girls be living separately?

    We make every effort to place boys and girls on separate floors within the accommodation, with rare exceptions occurring in cases where this is not possible due to the layout of the rooms.

  • What will be room be like?

    All students will have a private single bedroom with ensuite facilities. This accommodation represents some of the highest standard student accommodation available in Cambridge. For more information, please contact us.

Safety and welfare

  • Should I get travel or medical insurance?

    We recommend that you should obtain your own personal travel or medical insurance prior to attending our summer school - particularly if you are an international student. This should also cover you in case you have to cancel your place on our summer school at the last minute.

  • How do we monitor where students are?

    Students are required to register with their tutor or activities team member at every timetabled meal, academic session or social activity. Furthermore students must sign in before the daily curfew at 11pm. Outside of these times (e.g. at lunchtime) students are permitted to go into Cambridge together, provided they are in groups of 3 or more.
  • What happens in the case of an accident or emergency?

    Throughout the duration of the summer school we have staff onsite 24 hours a day, who are appropriately trained and capable of providing round-the-clock care as necessary. Students will be provided with two emergency contact numbers, which either they or their family may call at any time of the day in case of an emergency.

    For minor illness's or injuries, students will be taken to a nearby GP practice for appropriate medical advice. For more serious healthcare concerns, students will be taken immediately to the nearby Addenbrooke's hospital. In both situations, parents/guardians will be immediately informed on contact numbers provided to us.
  • Can parents visit during the programme?

    Parents are welcome to come and visit during the summer programme, provided they let us know in advance. If you plan to visit during the programme please contact us so that we can advise you on your child's schedule.
  • Will my child be safe?

    The campus, within which students are accommodated, has 24 hour security and is not accessible to the general public. There will always be members of the Cambridge SciSearch team onsite 24 hours a day for the duration of the summer school. Furthermore, Cambridge is widely regarded as a safe student city.


  • Is Cambridge SciSearch affiliated with the University of Cambridge?

    Cambridge SciSearch is not affiliated to Cambridge University or any of its constituent colleges. However, students will be accommodated and received academic teaching within Jesus College, University of Cambridge.
  • How do I get to Cambridge?

    Cambridge is easily accessible by air, road, rail, coach and bus services.

    By air: Cambridge is within easy reach of London Stansted, London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Birmingham International Airport, with easy access by train, coach, or car (M11).

    By road: From the South & from London, Cambridge is easily accessible via the M11. From the North, both the A1 and M1 link to the A14 dual carriageway straight to the city centre. Drive in access to Jesus College is by Victoria Road entrance only. On-site parking will be available for parents whilst dropping off and picking up students.

    By train: There is a fast and frequent rail service to Cambridge from both London King’s Cross and London Liverpool Street. There are excellent connections from Scotland and the North via Peterborough. Local services also run from Birmingham, the Midlands, East Anglia and the Northwest.

    By coach: National Express operates coach services to Cambridge from major towns and cities throughout the UK. There are frequent coach services from both Central London, and London Stansted Airport to the city.

    By bus: Stagecoach operates a comprehensive service to the city from around the local area. Please visit www.stagecoachbus.com for full details. In particular, Oxford is well linked to Cambridge via the excellent cross-country X5 bus service.
  • How much preparatory work/ pre-reading do I need to do before the course begins?

    All students will be sent an information pack by 1st July, giving finer confirmation of the course syllabus and detailing any recommended pre-reading. Whilst there is no compulsory pre-reading, it will provide students with an overview of the course and helps them to get the most out of their time at Cambridge SciSearch.

  • How much spending money do I need to bring?

    We recommend that you bring approximately £10 - £15 spending money per day so that you can buy lunch and make any additional purchases (e.g. souvenirs, presents etc). However there is no need to bring large amounts of physical money with you, as the closest ATM is just a 5 minute walk away.

  • Who makes my travel arrangements?

    Students are expected to make their own way to and from Jesus College, Cambridge. However, if you need assistance in organising your travel please contact us.

    In 2017, Cambridge SciSearch will also be offering airport transfers on arrivals & departures days at an additional cost. This can be arranged after students have enrolled onto the programme.