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Lewis McKee
2017-12-11T11:43:34+0000
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
2017-12-05T13:30:38+0000
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
2017-11-08T22:18:21+0000
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 Biology Summer School

Why study biology? The study of biological sciences offers a fascinating view into all that lives on the earth: from the smallest microorganism on the earth to the prospect of life outside of our universe. Studying biological sciences includes a diverse and exciting range of topics, from cellular structure to genetics, and even to whole ecosystems.

The discoveries scientists make about life processes are crucial for tackling the global challenges we face for human welfare and environmental protection. The Cambridge Immerse summer programme offers a unique opportunity to explore fascinating topics within Biological Sciences, to debate recent scientific advances and the potential interactions of Biology with other disciplines.

The Cambridge Immerse Biology course offers you the chance to go beyond A-level and IB-level materials, and to tackle university-level biology topics in an engaging, approachable and enjoyable environment, within the beautiful setting of a central Cambridge college. By enrolling in the Cambridge Immerse Biology course, you will consolidate your existing understanding of Biology, as well as being introduced to more advanced topics and debates to spur your intellectual curiosity and help you develop a true passion for the subject which can take you into your future university career.

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Summer Biology Courses held in Cambridge University colleges

Like all Cambridge Immerse courses, during the two-week programme, you will benefit from small-group teaching and workshops from expert tutors, 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. In the welcoming learning environment provided by Cambridge Immerse, you will be both challenged and supported in carefully planned classes that encourage tutor-student engagement and debate.

Sound good? Read on, and find out more about what the course has to offer.

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What will I study at this Biology Summer Course in Cambridge?

This engaging two week programme encompasses 10 diverse topics in the biological sciences, taught by expert tutors from Oxbridge. Here is just a taster of what is on offer on the course:

To start you off, this introductory session will begin with the discussion of what constitutes life and how biologists have attempted to define life throughout history. You will discuss some of the ideas of how life is thought to have originated and you will tackle the RNA world hypothesis and its problems. You will also consider the variety of life and learn how it can be classified into a hierarchy of taxa, discussing differences between the two basic types of cells: prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. All our topics are designed to be challenging, providing insights into university level material in an accessible and approachable way.

Emerging infectious diseases, which have shaped the course of humanity and are of huge public health importance today, will continue to challenge society as long as humans and microbes co-exist. In this course you will explore why infectious diseases emerge and re-emerge, looking at a prototype of a bacterial, viral and a parasitic disease. You will also learn about principles of antimicrobial resistance and the various mechanisms responsible for antibiotic resistance. A hot topic in the news, you will discuss the rise of superbugs and the evolving strategies to circumvent drug resistance.

Here, you will explore the importance of bioinformatics in life sciences. Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary science developed using concepts from biology, mathematics, computer science, and statistics. In this engaging course, you will explore how advances in the field of bioinformatics enabled both the mapping of the entire human genome and the genomes of many other organisms and discovering how this led to the discovery of novel drug targets and revolutionised the field of molecular medicine.

Could there really be life on Mars? This session will be a light-hearted examination of the probability of life elsewhere in the universe, looking at the distinction between intelligent life and life as molecular complexes able to replicate and make use of energy either of stellar origin or other available molecules. You will examine experimental evidence, such as the Miller-Urey experiment, to discover how life on earth could have arisen, and bring your own perspective to this issue in a stimulating discussion at the end of the session.

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Quick Biology summer course facts and stats:

  • Maximum tutorial size: 12 students
  • expert teaching from university tutors
  • University preparation workshops
  • Inclusive of excursions
  • Reside in a central University of Cambridge college
  • 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.

Timetable

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
Breakfast
09:30 - 11:30
Morning academic session
11:30 - 13:30
Lunch
13:30 - 15:30
Afternoon academic session
16:00 - 18:00
Academic workshop / Afternoon activity
18:00 - 19:15
Dinner
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.

Accommodation

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:

enquiries@cambridgeimmerse.com

Cambridge Biology Summer School - What did our students have to say?

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The Biology Summer School is available on the following dates:

7th – 20th July 2019

28th July – 10th August 2019

Cambridge Immerse
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Lewis McKee
Lewis McKee
2017-12-11T11:43:34+0000
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
2017-12-05T13:30:38+0000
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
2017-11-08T22:18:21+0000
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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