A unique residential experience in a Cambridge University college.
The ‘Cambridge Immerse’ programme takes place in Cambridge University’s most beautiful, centrally located colleges (see below). You’ll reside in these sanctuaries of peace in the middle of the historic university city of Cambridge, renown for hosting many eminent academics over its centuries of existence.
All participants will be accommodated in their own individual bedrooms on the central college site. All rooms are clean and comfortable rooms with high speed internet access. Corridors or staircases separate male and female students, and bathrooms are either en-suite or shared between just a few participants of the same gender.
Supervision and safety
Students are supervised by an experienced on-site Programme Director and a team of ‘Mentors’ who are a team of trained undergraduates from Cambridge University. The college is monitored 24 hours per day, both by the college porters and security cameras. Cambridge Immerse has a rigorous Safeguarding Policy.
Christ’s College was first established as God’s House in 1437 by William Byngham, and was refounded as Christ’s College in 1505 by order of a Royal Charter from the King. The College is often described as an oasis of calm in the heart of the city, including beautiful herbaceous borders and tranquil gardens laid out over four courts.
The college is noted for producing two of Cambridge’s most famous alumni; in 1625, the College admitted John Milton, one of the greats of ‘English’ literature; in 1828, the college admitted Charles Darwin, the renowned scientist who published ‘On the Origin of Species’ some thirty years later.
Sidney Sussex College
Sidney Sussex is located in the very heart of Cambridge. Founded in 1596 Sidney Sussex is a very well-kept secret – whether it is Elizabethan brickwork, charming Cloister Court, the haunting Chapel, exquisite Rococo Hall, medieval cellars or beautiful ancient gardens – they all lie behind a rather self-effacing wall of Roman cement. Sidney’s history is an even better-kept secret including the precise point at which Oliver Cromwell’s head is buried.
As one of the smaller Colleges, Sidney Sussex has a strong community spirit and is known for its warm and friendly welcome to visitors. All participants will be accommodated in bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms in the Blundell building, and will have classes in neighbouring Christ’s College.
St Catharine’s College
St Catharine’s College was founded in 1473 by Robert Woodlark. He had spent nearly twenty years buying up tenements in what is now Queens’ Lane until he had a site large enough to accommodate the little hall which he called ‘Saynt Kateryns Hall of Cambridge’. Two years later, on 16 August 1475, the hall was incorporated, by charter of King Edward IV, as a college for a Master and three or more Fellows: “a perpetual college … for ever to remain”.
The college is nicknamed “Catz”. The college is located in the historic city-centre of Cambridge, and lies just south of King’s College and across the street from Corpus Christi College. The college is notable for its open court (rather than closed quadrangle) that faces towards Trumpington Street.
Queens’ College is one of the oldest and largest colleges of the university, founded in 1448 by Margaret of Anjou (the Queen of Henry VI, who founded King’s College), and has some of the most recognisable buildings in Cambridge. The college spans both sides of the river Cam, with the world famous Mathematical Bridge connecting the two sides.
The college is noted for producing a plethora of notable personalities, including heads of government and politicians from various countries, religious leaders, astronauts and Oscar nominees. Among its distinguished alumni include Erasmus, Stephen Fry, Abba Eban and T.H.White.
Immerse and the University of Cambridge
Immerse is not officially affiliated to Oxford University or Cambridge University. Our organisation runs academic summer programmes within the buildings of the University of Cambridge and University of Oxford and also contracts with tutors from those institutions but does not operate under the aegis of the University of Cambridge.
We are an organisation accredited by the British Accreditation Council, the leading mark of educational quality for the sector.