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Lewis McKee
Lewis McKee
Took part in this enriching experience in 2016, and was intrigued in the academia, but also was inspired by the mentors, and have stayed in contact with many people from around the world with similar passions and motivations for success!Thank you Cambridge Immerse!
Rebeca Nilsson
Rebeca Nilsson
It was an amazing experience, worth every single minute. You meet so many different people, and leave with wonderful memories that you will never forget.
Megan Thompson
Megan Thompson
Not only was Cambridge Immerse a cultural, enriching educational experience, but it also gave me a new perspective on how so many different students can come from vastly different regions around the globe but share the same passions and goals for success. I strongly recommend it to anyone considering the program.

Cambridge Architecture Summer School

Architecture Course Summary

Have you ever imagined yourself as the next Zaha Hadid or Richard Meier? With no prior subject experience necessary, the Cambridge Immerse Architecture course is the perfect introduction to life as an architecture student at one of the world’s top universities: a subject which you may never have considered studying, but which is the perfect fit for those fascinated by design, buildings and how society works.

Of course, Architecture is also one of the most demanding, challenging and rewarding subjects you could choose to study at university, so it is important that you have a chance to try out some of the tasks you would be tackling as an architecture student to make sure you’re in the best possible position for university. Providing its participants real and valuable insights into what it’s like to study architecture at university level, this interactive two week architecture summer programme from Cambridge Immerse encompasses the history of architecture and its importance in society, covering a broad range of topics which you will be studying at university level.

Since architecture is a vocational degree involving periods spent training in both educational and professional environments, the course is structured to include both theoretical and practical approaches to design, giving you invaluable opportunities to create your own architectures with the skills you have gained and to see your ideas realised in 3D form: an aspect of the course which makes it truly unique.

Cambridge summer courses for Architecture

As with all Cambridge Immerse courses, you will benefit from small-group teaching, reside in a beautiful central University of Cambridge college and enjoy a wide range of extracurricular activities, as well as subject-specific excursions to help you immerse yourself in architecture in the most practical and engaging way. Sound good? Read on, and find out more about what the course has to offer.

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What will I study during the Cambridge Architecture Summer School?

The engaging two week summer school programme encompasses 10 diverse topics which will teach you the both the theory and practice of architecture, taught by experts from Cambridge Immerse. Here is just a taster of what is on offer on the course:

Your first lecture will take the form of a walk around the historical city of Cambridge. Dive straight into the subject with a walk through the architectural ages of the city where you will be sketching aspects of your surroundings and learning different drawing techniques, decoding the built environment and learning how architects describe their ideas.

Here, you will learn how to design your own architectural project. You will be given a brief – a document that outlines a building’s purpose – and a site. And, after a workshop on the technicalities of recording, surveying, and drawing locations to scale, you will visit a small island in the river Cam and start sketching and putting together your own architectural project using measurements in situ: a classically Cambridge project of a punt station.

Architecture is the perfect subject for students with both scientific and artistic backgrounds, forming a unique synthesis between disciplines. In this workshop, you will explore the physical, social, and aesthetic aspects of design, considering how these are assessed and illustrated in plan, section, and elevation. You will engage with contemporary drawings of projects being built in Europe and the Middle East and then get stuck into a collaborative design workshop on your own evolving designs.

In this workshop, you will explore the historical story of perspective from the Renaissance and before to Modernism and beyond, into the modern day. In this interactive workshop, you will examine how perspective came to influence the whole of architecture and the way we draw, conceive, and even perceive buildings, and then apply this to your own practical projects within the course.

Here, you will get into the nitty-gritty details about becoming an architecture student through a crash course on tricks and techniques for submitting portfolios to prospective universities, which will also outline major differences between architecture courses. You will look at university work at all levels to debunk some of the myths that surround the profession. Participating in a design workshop, you will learn to present your punt station projects in both 2D and 3D. These will then be discussed in a format unique to the subject of architecture: a critique or ‘crit’, after which the work will be showcased in Cambridge Department of Architecture.

How will I benefit from the Architecture summer course?

If it is your ambition to study Architecture at a top university, then the Cambridge Immerse Architecture summer programme is the right place to start.

Benefit from 40 hours of academic sessions and a university-level syllabus designed by Cambridge Architecture tutors. This Architecture summer programme will instill you with the knowledge to not only prepare for architecture university applications but also for life as an architecture undergraduate. You will have the chance to flex your intellectual muscles whilst deepening your passion for this subject.

During the programme, students will have ample opportunities to put their newly learnt skills into practice. By seeing architecture both in practice and in action, our Architecture summer school allows high school students to get to the heart of what it means to be a Architecture student and. If you are interested in studying Architecture at university this is an incredibly exciting opportunity to see the Architecture in practice.

To ensure you leave the course with the best preparation for your university experience, Cambridge Immerse also offers a range of highly useful, optional skills workshops which are included in the architecture summer course fee, including Interview Skills Workshops to help you articulate yourself brilliantly under pressure and show your passion for the subject. You can also take advantage of one-on-one Personal Statement Consultations to help you polish your personal statement and make it really stand out from the crowd.

By the time you complete the two-week course, you will leave with so much more than your certificate of participation: lived experience of learning in a historic university setting; invaluable insights into Architecture as a subject which could set you up for your future career, and friends for life from around the world. To find out more the Cambridge Immerse Architecture course and to enrol now, visit this link.

Architecture Summer School

Quick Architecture summer course facts and stats:

  • Maximum tutorial size: 12 students
  • expert teaching from university tutors
  • Skills development workshops
  • Inclusive of excursions
  • Reside in a central University of Cambridge college
  • Develop your own sketch book / portfolio
  • Dedicated university and subject specific advice
  • A variety of carefully planned skills workshops
  • Inclusive of all excursions and extracurriculars
  • Diverse range of international participants
  • Participant Assessment
  • Certificate of Participation
Why Cambridge Immerse?

Exceptional teaching

Our academic summer programmes offer students the option to choose to study one of 16 diverse subjects, from the arts to the sciences. All of our courses are designed and taught by expert tutors who have experience regularly teaching undergraduates. So whether you are interested in Philosophy or Medicine, Computer Science or Creative Writing, or something completely different, experience a unique taster course of what it’s like to study a subject at university level with an exceptional academic programme created and delivered by world-class tutors.

The Cambridge Immerse recruitment process is vigorous to ensure that every single of our tutors is engaging, supportive and passionate, with the drive to ignite a similar passion in the students. Cambridge Immerse’s mission is to provide students from across the world with a unique and unforgettable academic experiences. Our Cambridge summer programmes aim to inspire our participants and to excite them about their subject! We also strive to challenge our participants and stretch them academically, as we prepare them for what life will be like at a top university.

Our philosophy is that each of our participants should feel challenged with interesting academic concepts, whilst our tutors create a welcoming and supportive environment in which our participants thrive.

During the academic sessions at Cambridge Immerse, participants will be encouraged to explore and discuss advanced (and interesting!) topics in carefully planned classes that are designed to emulate the unique Cambridge Immerse system of tutor-student engagement and debate. The aim of this approach is to allow students to develop skills that go beyond simply the learning of facts, but rather to interact with the material in a way that will stimulate academic thought and curiosity. These skills are vital for success in higher education. Participants in our Cambridge summer programmes tackle challenging and interesting academic topics that not only further academic passions but also develops themselves as a student and as an individual.

Programmes that we offer include:

Participant Assessments

Throughout the summer programme, the Cambridge Immerse tutors will monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. Once the programme has finished, the tutor will write a Participant Assessment that will evaluate how the participant responded to the materials they were introduced to, what progress they made during the sessions, and offer recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant's understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored. We strongly believe that our Participant Assessments are crucial element of the learning process, and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education.

Activities & Extracurricular Schedule

Cambridge is a unique and historic city and with that comes a unique set of cultural experiences. During your time at Cambridge Immerse, students delve into the exciting and often fascinating spectrum of cultural activities available in Cambridge. Furthermore it is our mission to give students a glimpse into life at university, and so our academic programme is balanced with a vibrant and engaging extracurricular programme. Not only will you discover and further your academic interests, activities and excursions planned throughout the programme will give students the opportunity to socialise with like-minded peers from across the world. The activities on offer will often be completely new, exciting and typically Cambridge. Students will learn more about Cambridge, about their fellow students and, hopefully, about themselves.

A variety of activities are organised as part of the programme. Participants can enjoy:

  • An afternoon in the sun punting down the River Cam, a quintessential Cambridge affair.
  • A visit to Oxford, the home of Cambridge University’s arch ‘rival’.
  • Formal dining in Cambridge’s famous medieval banquet halls; a Hogwarts experience.

Visit our activities page to view the full range of subjects that we offer.


The Cambridge Immerse schedule is packed with a wide range of unique academic and extracurricular activities.

Participants start off the day with breakfast in the main college dining hall, with a variety of continental and hot breakfast choices available. This is followed by the first academic session of the day, which takes place in a seminar or lecture format. Participants are then guided to lunch at some of Cambridge’s finest sandwich bars and cafés, and are welcome to explore the city in small groups. Following lunch, academic sessions continue in the format of small tutorial groups or workshops. After all the core academic sessions are finished, students are treated to one of a wide range of excursions and cultural activities, including punting, museum visits and sports activities. A three course dinner in the college dining hall is then followed by an evening social event to help participants wind down and socialise after a packed day.

The timetable shown to the side offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.

A typical day..

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08:00 - 09:30
09:30 - 11:30
Morning academic session
11:30 - 13:30
13:30 - 15:30
Afternoon academic session
16:00 - 18:00
Academic workshop / Afternoon activity
18:00 - 19:15
19:30 - 22:00
Evening social event

Unrivalled support system

Cambridge Immerse prides itself on providing a supportive and approachable learning and living  environment where participants can flourish. Participants are looked after by the Cambridge Immerse Mentors and Onsite Programme Manager.

Our mentor team is comprised of friendly, specially trained graduates and undergraduates from Cambridge University or Oxford University, who help our participants quickly settle into the programme. The mentors have first hand experience with a variety of academic and non-academic issues and are therefore in the best position to offer friendly, confidential one-to-one advice. It’s an unrivalled support network that we’re incredibly proud of. Mentors have studied a range of disciplines, allowing them to share their own insights and experiences of their academic careers. Each participant is also assigned a mentor, all of whom are enthusiastic to help participants to help create a ‘home away from home’. It’s an unrivalled support network that we’re incredibly proud of.

Each Cambridge Immerse Campus has an onsite Programme Manager who manages the onsite Mentor Team and oversees the organisation and execution of academic classes and social activities. The Programme Manager is an experienced individual who will be there to answer any queries participants or parents might have.


One of the most special elements about the programme, is the ability for students to truly immerse themselves in Cambridge student life by staying in a Cambridge University college during the summer. Cambridge Immerse takes place in four of Cambridge University’s most stunning and historic centrally located colleges: Queens’ College, Sidney Sussex College, Christ’s College and St Catharine’s College.

On each of the Cambridge University college sites, participant stay in single bedrooms, all of which are equipped with high speed internet access. These are the actual accommodation that Cambridge University undergraduates reside in during term time! Corridors or staircases separate students by gender, and bathrooms are either en-suite or shared between just a few participants of the same gender. The wellbeing of our participants is one of our primary concerns, and the college site is secured and monitored 24/7, not only by Cambridge Immerse staff, but also by the college staff themselves.

Visit our ‘Campus’ page for further information.

Practical Information

Travel Information: The fee for Cambridge Immerse is not inclusive of travel to Cambridge. There are several transport options available, including arriving in Cambridge by rail, coach or flight. Please contact us if you need assistance planning your journey to Cambridge.

For international participants, we arrange a shared airport transfer service from London Heathrow Airport to Cambridge. Dedicated staff members meet the participants at the airport terminal of their arrival. Participants are able to book this service once they have secured their place on the programme.

Medical and Dietary Requirements: We are able to cater for most dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, nut allergies, halal, kosher); please do not hesitate to contact us if you are unsure if we can cater for your dietary requirements. Breakfast and evening meals are included in Cambridge Immerse, and participants are expected to make their own provisions for lunch at various delicious eateries around Cambridge.

Other information: Students must be aged between 16-18 at the time of attendance to Cambridge Immerse. Students are expected to be fluent / near-fluent in English.

Participate in Cambridge Immerse

Cambridge Immerse is a residential summer course consisting of outstanding academic classes, excellent skills workshops and exciting extracurricular activities in the historic university city of Cambridge.

2019 programmes

  • 30th June - 13th July 2019
  • 7th July - 20th July 2019
  • 14th July - 27th July 2019
  • 21st July - 3rd August 2019
  • 28th July - 10th August 2019
  • 4th August - 17th August 2019

We would be happy to assist you if you have any questions prior to booking your place. For the fastest response to your enquiry, please email:


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The Architecture Summer School is available on the following dates:

7th – 20th July 2019

28th July – 10th August 2019

11th – 24th August 2019

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Lewis McKee
Lewis McKee
Took part in this enriching experience in 2016, and was intrigued in the academia, but also was inspired by the mentors, and have stayed in contact with many people from around the world with similar passions and motivations for success!Thank you Cambridge Immerse!
Rebeca Nilsson
Rebeca Nilsson
It was an amazing experience, worth every single minute. You meet so many different people, and leave with wonderful memories that you will never forget.
Megan Thompson
Megan Thompson
Not only was Cambridge Immerse a cultural, enriching educational experience, but it also gave me a new perspective on how so many different students can come from vastly different regions around the globe but share the same passions and goals for success. I strongly recommend it to anyone considering the program.
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