Where will Cambridge Immerse take you?

Cambridge Immerse is an inspiring and transformative experience that can have a profound effect on the participants that join the programme. Many students tell us that Cambridge Immerse helped them gain a clearer understanding of what they wanted to study and where they hoped to be. With many of our students going on to top universities both here and abroad, we wanted to highlight some fantastic stories about past participants.

Ore Ogunbiyi attended Cambridge Immerse in 2014. She was inspired to applying to Cambridge University and was accepted. Ore returned to Cambridge Immerse as a mentor in 2016 and then as a Programme Manager in 2017.

Having successfully applied and been accepted to Cambridge University, I returned to Cambridge Immerse – this time as a mentor

In June 2014, in search of an academic summer programme that pushed me but also gave me an opportunity to explore Cambridge. I stumbled across Cambridge Immerse and as I say to everyone who cares to listen, I would never have got into Cambridge without it.

I came with so many questions: Do I want to study International Relations or Law? What about International Relations do I find interesting? Do people like me even go to Cambridge? After those 2 weeks, I left with a much clearer vision of what my future could look like.

Not only did Cambridge Immerse convince me to study International Relations, it made me fall in love with Cambridge.

I attended Cambridge Immerse in 2014 to do the International Relations course, and I absolutely loved it. I found that Cambridge Immerse was the perfect balance between academics and fun. First and foremost, we were able to delve into subjects we may not have had the opportunity to study at school. The fact that I was able to take International Relations for two weeks solidified my decision to apply for such a course at university as well. This was the first time I was introduced to Oxbridge-style supervisions, whereby teaching happens in small groups based on your presentation of your work to further challenge yourself. So not only did Cambridge Immerse convince me to study International Relations, but it also made me fall in love with Cambridge. 

Emilia Persson attend Cambridge Immerse as a participant in 2014 and was so inspired by her time with us applied to the university. Emilia is currently studying HSPS at Churchill College, University of Cambridge.

Lewis is a Cambridge Immerse Alumni having attended the programme in 2016. He is currently doing a Masters Degree in Mathematics at the University of Exeter.

I attended Cambridge Immerse to study Mathematics over an incredible two weeks. The course enabled me to open doors to a new world.

With the thought of university applications just beyond the horizon, my choice in applying for Mathematics was likely, yet uncertain. I was overwhelmed with questions. How does the subject differ from school to university? What would I be taught if I did Maths in university? Is this course right for me? I attended Cambridge Immerse in July 2016 to study Mathematics over an incredible two weeks and the programme answered these questions. The course enabled me to open doors to a new world. We delved into different aspects of Mathematics, from proving Pythagoras Theorem or why 1+1=2, to the abstract of topology and fractals, to the applications of calculus.

Maia is a Cambridge Immerse Alumni having attended the programme in 2014. She is now studying Theology at Newnham College, University of Cambridge.

The method of teaching at Cambridge Immerse was vastly different to anything I had ever experienced in school.

I attended Cambridge Immerse as a participant in 2014, with one year left in school and the daunting prospect of university applications ahead of me. While I had a pretty good idea that I wanted to study Theology at university, I had no idea of how I would go about researching and finding my specific passion within the subject, having never studied the subject at school.

I took the Philosophy course at Cambridge Immerse, thinking that the exploration of philosophy of religion might ignite my interest. Not only did I find this to be true, but also the method of teaching at the summer school was vastly different to anything I had ever experienced in school.

"My tutor gave me the confidence I needed to advance my understanding of my subject."

I studied Biology and benefitted from the small class sizes because I got to ask all the questions I wanted

I attended Cambridge Immerse in 2015 and had a fantastic two weeks. I studied Biology and benefitted from the small class sizes because I got to ask all the questions I wanted. I went to Cambridge Immerse at the end of Year 12, and so was able to make the most of all the help offered with my personal statement and interview techniques.

When I started the course, I had actually decided that I wanted to apply to Oxford for Biomedical Sciences but after a few days in Cambridge, I decided that I actually preferred the smaller, and in my opinion, more friendly city of Cambridge – this was reinforced when we visited Oxford on the weekend. I spoke in depth with my mentor who was studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge and came to realise that the broader Natural Sciences course was more for me.

I have now finished my first year studying Biological Natural Sciences at Emmanuel College. I feel sure that Cambridge Immerse played a role in helping me to get in – through the interview practice, personal statement consultations as well as the biology lessons, some of which covered content that was not in the A level syllabus.

Talking to all the mentors (who are all Cambridge undergraduates) helped me to build up a realistic picture of what life is like as a Cambridge student and also played a major role in helping me to decide which college to apply to.

I had such an amazing time at Cambridge Immerse that it confirmed in my mind that I would be very happy studying at Cambridge as well as allowing me to experience university style teaching. It was therefore an easy decision for me to apply to be a Summer Mentor in this year’s programme and help other people to have a similar experience to my own.

Rosie enrolled for the Cambridge Immerse Biology Programme in 2015. She is now studying Natural Sciences at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge.

Clemens enrolled for the Cambridge Immerse Biology Programme in 2014. He is now studying Biology at the University of Vienna

My participation in Cambridge Immerse supported me in the foundation of my academic career.

Ever since I spent much time on designing all kinds of robots as a child, it seemed obvious to me that I want to become an inventor or a scientist. In the following years, I have gained a great interest in life sciences and ultimately began to reflect on prospective undergraduate courses I would like to take. However, since university had previously been an unknown institution to me, I decided to attend Cambridge Immerse in summer 2014.

In the medicine programme, I was introduced to the concepts of genetics and epigenetics. Immediately, I was thrilled by the fact that sequences consisting of only four different letters control the development and maintenance of all living organisms. Moreover, essays and discussions during the lectures stimulated my interest in basic research. Cambridge Immerse had given me the first insight into a research field which later became my greatest passion.

During those weeks, I have become close friends with many of the other participants, as we experienced numerous great adventures together. Our mentors organised unique excursions, including punting along the River Cam and visiting Oxford. It was also amusing to attend a talent show and formal dinners. The utterly terrific picture on the left side was taken after one of the formal dinners.

I am currently enrolled in the bachelor’s programme in biology with a focus on genetics at the University of Vienna, which I aim to complete with my participation in an academic programme at Imperial College London. Work experiences at the Institute of Cancer Research, Medical University of Vienna and the centre for medical genetics at a hospital in Vienna have given me the opportunity to deepen my understanding of misguided development. After my graduation, I plan to continue my studies in Germany or the United Kingdom and further specialise in genetics and stem cell research.

My participation in Cambridge Immerse supported me in the foundation of my academic career. Moreover, I made the acquaintance of many great people and found grand friends, with whom I still get in touch every now and then. In my opinion, Cambridge Immerse is a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into your prospective undergraduate course.

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