Session 3: Sunday 5th August – Saturday 18th August 2018
We hope that you are looking forward to joining Cambridge Immerse to experience an enriching educational programme which will provide you with an insight into what it is like to study your chosen subject(s) at university level, and a diverse extracurricular programme that will immerse you in university life. This page is your central resource for information regarding the programme.
Arriving in Cambridge by train or coach?
There are direct connections from London to Cambridge from Liverpool Street and King’s Cross mainline stations. From outside Cambridge train station, you will need to take a licensed taxi (from the taxi stand immediately outside the station) to the college, which costs approximately £5-10.
National Express long distance coach services terminate at Parkside, on the Northern side of Parker’s Piece. Queens’ College is approximately 10-15 minutes walk from the terminal.
Arriving in Cambridge by car?
If you are being dropped off in Cambridge by your parents or guardians, then please make your way directly to Queens’ College. Parking in central Cambridge is very limited, but there is the multi-storey ‘Grand Arcade’ car park a few minutes walk away from the college.
Arriving in the UK by plane?
If you are arriving at London Heathrow Airport:
We offer a shared pickup transfer from London Heathrow Airport to Cambridge on arrivals day. If you wish to book onto this transfer you can do so in the section entitled ‘Shared Airport Transfer’.
If you are arriving at London Stansted Airport
There is a direct train from London Stansted Airport to Cambridge train station, with a journey time of approximately 40minutes. Alternatively, National Express coach services are also available.
If you are arriving at London Gatwick Airport
National Express coach services are available from London Gatwick Airport to Cambridge and take approximately 2-3 hours.
If you are arriving at London Luton Airport
National Express coach services are available from London Luton Airport to Cambridge and take approximately 1.5-2 hours. Alternatively, we are able to assist you in arranging a private taxi.
If you are arriving at another airport or arriving in the UK after 8:00pm
For participants arriving at other airports in the UK or arriving in the UK after 8:00pm, you might wish to arrange a private taxi transfer. For more information see below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
- Panther Taxis at www.panthertaxis.co.uk, +44 (0)1223 715715
- Sahota Chaperones at www.sahotachauffeurs.com, +44 (0)800 799 9549, email@example.com
For the convenience of our international participants, Cambridge Immerse operates a shared airport transfer service that runs on the official arrival days and departure days. The transfer runs from London Heathrow Airport to Cambridge (arrivals day) and from Cambridge to London Heathrow Airport (departure day).
The cost per transfer each way is £45, and only payment by credit/debit card is accepted.
Members of of the Cambridge Immerse team will greet participants at the airport, and accompany participants in the coach to Cambridge. It’s a safe, secure and easy way to get to and from Cambridge!
After completing your booking, you will receive your booking confirmation and further instructions by email. All bookings are non-refundable.
If you need to cancel your Shared Airport Transfer, please do so here www.cambridgeimmerse.com/shared-airport-transfer-cancellation/
We advise participants arrive at Queens’ College entrance on Silver Street, ideally between 2PM to 4PM. We appreciate that our international participants may need to arrive earlier or later than the recommended time, and therefore are able to accept arrivals from 8AM – 10PM on the day of arrival, though room check-in is not available until 2pm.
The address of Queens’ College is as follows:
University of Cambridge
Upon arrival at your college, you will be greeted by a member of the Cambridge Immerse team who will guide you to the Registration Desk.
You will be provided with:
- an identification card and lanyard (which must be worn at all times)
- a welcome pack
- keys to your accommodation
- a map of the college
- an itinerary for the programme
After registration and settling into your accommodation, participants should proceed down to the registration desk. A number of activities and a tour of your have been arranged on the day of arrival in order to help you familiarise yourself with your surroundings and to meet your fellow participants.
Family members and friends are welcome on our private tours!
For those travelling by plane, a shared transfer service is available for participants from Cambridge to London Heathrow airport on departure day (Saturday 18th August 2018). To book this transfer, please do so in the section entitled ‘Shared Airport Transfer’.
Participants are required by the college to vacate their rooms by 10am on Saturday 18th August 2018 and we advise participants to depart before 3pm. The Cambridge Immerse team will be on site until 6pm to supervise any participants who may need to leave Cambridge later than the suggested time. A left luggage area is available for participants.
6 weeks before the start of Cambridge Immerse, you will be sent your ‘Syllabus Overview’ documents for your chosen subject as an email attachment. This document contains an overview of the topics that will be explored with your assigned tutor. Please read the document carefully and note whether there are any recommended preparatory tasks to undertake prior to arrival. Certain subjects have no recommended preparatory tasks. If you have preparatory tasks to complete for your chosen subject, please complete these before the start of the programme.
Academic sessions will commence on the first Monday of the programme. Sessions are a hybrid between a university-style lecture and an Oxbridge-style supervision/tutorial. These sessions are held in small groups to ensure that every student has a firm understanding of the material being taught and facilitates discussion and engagement.
You are encouraged to take notes in each session as well as engage in discussion, interrogate the topic area, and question any material that you might not understand. Whilst we recommend the use of a laptop throughout the programme, you should not let it impede upon your engagement with the subject matter during the academic session.
Academic sessions take place in a variety of locations around central Cambridge and mentors will always be on hand to guide participants to different venues.
Top tips for succeeding!
- Complete the Participant Ambition Questionnaire before 20th June. By telling Cambridge Immerse a little more about your academic profile and ambitions we can ensure you get the most out of your time with us!
- Complete the ‘Learning How to Learn’ course (https://www.coursera.org/learn/learning-how-to-learn). This free course gives you easy access to the invaluable learning techniques used by experts in art, music, literature, math, science, sports, and many other disciplines. You’ll learn about the how the brain uses two very different learning modes and how it encapsulates (“chunks”) information. You’ll also cover illusions of learning, memory techniques, dealing with procrastination, and best practices shown by research to be most effective in helping you master tough subjects.
- Ask lots of questions. If you don’t understand something, ask! If you do and want to explore something more, ask! You have access to some of the top minds in the entire world, so feel free to pick their brains while you have the chance.
- Get involved. Cambridge Immerse isn’t just about being taught, it is about challenging yourself. Voice your opinion, then question it! Engage in debates in class, carry on those debates outside of class. Try a new activity that you haven’t before! Cambridge Immerse offers participants a whole range of exciting opportunities – seize the opportunity and get involved.
- Have fun. The Cambridge Immerse syllabus is meant to be challenging but don’t forget, there is a joy to learning and we want you to find it!
What is the purpose of this questionnaire?
Our mission is to ensure that each of our participants engages fully with their chosen subject at Cambridge Immerse. By keeping class sizes small and by learning as much as we can about you before the programme starts we will be able to provide a personalised approach that will help you thrive – both in your academic sessions and in the workshops. Complete by 20th June.
All participants are advised to purchase travel insurance with medical coverage prior to the programme, and we must be made aware of any pre-existing medical conditions, disabilities or allergies through the Participant Information Form.
Medication: Any medicine brought to the programme can be given to the Programme Director on arrival. We are only able to accept responsibility for medicines which are licensed in the UK, prescribed by a doctor and which are accompanied by English translation. Such medication shall be properly stored and administrated by any authorised person who is expressly appointed to administer medicines.
Illness: In case of illness or injury, the student will see a private GP who will assess his/her condition. In cases of minor illness such as a cold, headache or sore throat, we may issue common, non-prescribed medicines such as Paracetamol, throat lozenges or cough syrup.
If the student requires urgent medical attention, staff will take him/her to the nearest local hospital for immediate care or if necessary, will telephone for an ambulance.
Emergency medical treatment: The parent authorises Cambridge Immerse to consent on their behalf to the Student receiving emergency medical treatment including blood transfusions, general anaesthetic and operations where certified by an appropriately qualified person, as necessary for the student’s welfare, and if the parent cannot be contacted in time.
Seeing a doctor: Students from non-EU countries are not entitled to free healthcare in the UK and will therefore have to pay a fee to see a doctor. This is usually covered by your travel insurance policy, and participants should keep a copy of their policy with them.
Medical Certificates: The Parent agrees to inform Cambridge Immerse and pay the relevant fee prior to the issue of the certificate following a visit to a doctor or hospital.
At Cambridge Immerse, we offer a number of different workshops to assist participants in their university applications.
Personal Statement workshops
During Cambridge Immerse, participants will have the opportunity to develop their Personal Statement, with the expertise and assistance of the trained mentor team. Personal Statements are required for access to universities across the world.
Participants learn techniques to concisely express their interest in a particular discipline, crafting a compelling personal statement that showcases achievements and interest in a subject. The Personal Statement consultations are included within the programme fee, though attendance is optional.
If you have a draft of your Personal Statement, please feel free to submit it in advance of the workshop (by June 30th 2018 using the submission form below), or bring a copy along with you to the programme. If you don’t have a draft, that’s okay too!
Here’s a useful starting guide to writing a personal statement to UK universities through UCAS.
Subject Specific workshops
Subject specific application workshops are held for certain subjects, including Law and Medicine. You do not need to register for these workshops before the programme, and you can attend these workshops even if you are not studying the subject at Cambridge Immerse.
Within our carefully designed interview skills workshops, students will gain an insight into the core skills required to successfully articulate their viewpoints in a pressured environment. These workshops focus upon developing the confidence and intellectual tenacity required to tackle some of the key questions that might be asked during interview. As with all workshops, you do not need to register for these workshops before the programme.
Queens’ College Porters’ Lodge: +44 1223 335500 (available 24 hours)
Programme Manager: +44 20 8123 6988 (available only during programme duration)
In addition, all participants will be provided with their summer mentor’s mobile telephone number upon arrival at the programme.
In order to provide a safe environment, and to ensure that all participants have a fantastic and memorable time on the programme, certain rules and procedures must be adhered to. These include, but are not limited to:
- All participants must return to college by 9PM in the evening. Access keys will not work after this time. All participants must be in their room by 11.00PM.
- Although Cambridge is a very small and safe city, participants must not venture outside the college alone, and must always leave in groups.
- All participants are required to attend every academic session.
- Possession of alcohol or any illegal substances is strictly prohibited by Cambridge Immerse, and will result in immediate exclusion from the programme.
- Impolite or improper behaviour towards any other of the staff members or any other participants will not be tolerated.