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  • What is the difference between the 14-days and 17-days summer schools?
    All Summer Schools programmes spend 2 weeks in Cambridge. If you have chosen a 17-days Summer School, you will have extended educational visits to other part of the UK after completing the 2 weeks in Cambridge.
  • Are there any entrance requirements to attend the summer school?
    Yes, all courses have entrance requirements. Applicants are usually required to have achieved a minimum grade A in at least 3 subjects at IGCSE (or equivalent) level. If English is not your first language, you will also need to meet our English language requirements. Your personal statement and a teacher's reference letter will also help us with assessing your application. You can find out the requirements for each of our programmes here.
  • How should I complete the visa application about my course?
    Please refer to this quick guide for your reference:
  • What time should I arrive and leave Clare College?
    The check-in time is 15:00-22:00 on the first day of your course. You should report to the Porter’s Lodge at the following address: Memorial Court, Queen's Road, Clare College, Cambridge CB3 9AJ, UK The check-out time is 08:00-12:00 on the final day of your course.
  • When is the deadline for application?
    Cambridge International Academy accepts students on a rolling basis. Applications are open until places are filled. The deadline for fee payment for online courses is 1 week prior to the start of the course. The deadline for fee payment for the residential course is 2 weeks prior to the start of the course. If you need a visa to enter or study in the UK, the deadline is at least 60 days prior to the start of the course.
  • What type of certificate will I get?
    All certificates have at least three categories: distinction, merit and pass. The category of your certificate is determined by your performance, contribution and the objectively assessed standard of your work.
  • Will I receive a certificate for my course?
    Upon successful completion of a course, each student receives a certificate issued by Cambridge International Academy.
  • I live in a non-anglophone country, how will I access books and articles in English for the Online Research Essay Project?
    Your seminar teacher and supervisor will be able to help you access the materials you will need to conduct your research / literature review.
  • What is the difference between the Online Research Essay Project's winter and summer terms?
    Both the winter and summer terms have the exact same content and numbers of seminars and supervisions. The only difference is how long it takes to complete the project. The winter term is conducted over 12 weeks, while the summer term is held over 8 weeks.
  • What is a ‘viva’ and how does this part of the evaluation for the research project work?
    For the viva you will put together a short presentation explaining the problem or issue you have been researching, and what you have discovered. Your fellow students and teachers / supervisors / invited guest(s) will have the opportunity to ask questions about your findings. Presentations are scheduled for the end of the course. The viva makes up 10% of the overall mark for your course. You will be given guidance to prepare for this during the course.
  • What technical specifications and online platforms will I need for the Online Research Essay Project?
    Current requirements are that you will need access to a device capable of joining zoom meetings for your seminars (group sessions) and supervisions (one-to-one sessions with your supervisor). We recommend using a ‘wired’ connection (ethernet cable) rather than WiFi if possible, to ensure the most stable connection possible. You may find it useful to have a headset with a microphone too.
  • I have been awarded a 'Course Scholarship' of £500. How can I use it?
    Congratulations! Your Course Scholarship was awarded in recognition of you achieving a 'Distinction' on your research essay. You can use the scholarship certificate to deduct £500 off any courses we offer.
  • Is there a registration or deposit fee?
    Yes, there is a non-refundable registration fee of £800 for our Summer Schools. You will only be asked to pay for the registration after we have confirmed that you have passed our admission assessment. Please note that the registration fee forms part of the total fee for the programme. It will be deducted from your final fee.
  • Are there any free seminars I can attend?
    Cambridge International Academy holds a number of free online seminars throughout the year. Topics include: study skills, cultural understanding, university admissions, and many others. You can sign up for our newsletter or follow us on social media to receive updates on these.
  • How do I travel to the UK?
    You can travel to the UK by any means of transport: such as airplane, train, bus, car or ferry. Please make sure you have the adequate legal documents for travelling to the UK, such as valid passport and / or valid visa. You will be issued with a Visa Support Letter after enrolment should you require a visa for studying with us in the UK. Below are some useful links, which you may find helpful with regard to UK visas:
  • Is Cambridge International Academy linked to the University of Cambridge?
    Cambridge International Academy is a private, independent academy. Cambridge International Academy contracts Clare College (and other venues) for the use of facilities for teaching and accommodation and hires a number of academics and PhD researchers employed by several of the UK’s leading universities, including the University of Cambridge. However, Cambridge International Academy has no connection, or other institutional or organisational association with the University of Cambridge or any of its associated colleges.
  • How do I travel to Cambridge after arriving in the UK?
    If you are travelling from Heathrow Airport, take a coach with National Express is recommended. If you are travelling from Gatwick Airport, there is a direct train between Gatwick Airport and Cambridge Station. You can buy your train ticket via Trainline website and its App. If you are travelling from London, you may travel to Cambridge by train from King's Cross Station or Liverpool Street Station. You can buy your train ticket via Trainline website and its App.
  • Is there any scholarship I can apply? How do I know if I am eligible?
    Yes, we will award a maximum of 40 scholarship places to UK and international students. You can find out more details, including eligibility here.
  • What scholarship can I apply for?
    Please check our scholarships scheme here. If you are eligible for any of the scholarships, please follow the relevant instructions to apply. Please note that the places are limited and very competitive.
  • What should I include in my personal statement for the scholarship application?
    Your personal statement should help the scholarship committee know who you are and what your real academic passion is. It should focus on telling them about your academic strengths, but also about what skills and abilities you think you need to improve and why you believe you deserve a scholarship.
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