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Cambridge International Academy


A selective and accredited summer school in Cambridge, UK. We offer academically intensive pre-university residential programmes to ambitious 15-17 years old international students. You will learn and live in the University of Cambridge and be taught by current academics or graduates of Oxford and Cambridge. A wide range of options is specially designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to apply to UK leading universities. Over 80% of our alumni are studying in UK Russell Group universities.

Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, International Relations, Law, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology and Sociology.
Academic Studies: Academic Writing, British Parliamentary Debating, Enterprise Studies, Problem Solving & Thinking Skills & University Applications.
University Admissions Visits: Birmingham, Cambridge, Imperial, KCL, Loughborough, LSE, Nottingham, Oxford, UCL & Warwick.
Activities: Adventure Camp, Harry Potter Studio, & trips to London & Oxford.



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No, I don't recommend this program


I consider this program not as much meaningful as I thought. The money is not worthy enough.
I choose summer school in the UK rather than in the US or any other places is because the UK is the final destination for my university study, one and only. This means I take academics as the most crucial part of the summer school. However, it disappointed me. We used lots of time on travelling and visiting, only one week left for us to learn new knowledge and hence get involved into British unique study atmosphere. Thus, academics is the part which needs lots of improvement in my opinion. Please, do it slowly, do not rush to teach all in only one week.

What would you improve about this program?
The academics, please schedule more time on academics.
Response from Cambridge International Academy

We are very sorry to note your views about the academic aspect of our programme, which do seem however to deviate rather from other comments left by the vast majority of our students on this website and elsewhere. For example, the anonymous feedback we ourselves request in terms of both likes and recommendations for improvement at the end of the programme, and which we do take seriously, is always very positive overall. If significant and realistic suggestions are made, we take appropriate action.

Inevitably it is difficult to please all of the people all of the time. In our programme, whilst it is quite intensive (debating, subject tasters, university counselling, campus visits, adventure weekend etc) we believe it is important to balance the academic input with the chance for our students to really get a feel of some universities other than Cambridge, as
well as enjoying more diverse cultural experiences. Many comment that this is a very positive aspect of the programme, and that overall their stay with us helps them greatly in making the right decisions about the next stage of their educational journey. They also find the teamwork aspect of many activities useful in learning new skills and making new friends. After all, life at a UK (or really any) university is not only about academic work; it is also about becoming a fully rounded member of an academic community.

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Yes, I recommend this program


6 mouths ago, which was the first time for me to go to the UK. 6 mouths later, when I start to review this unique experience, some splendid spectacles came to my mind.

We got to the UK at night, it was a humid country, few cars and many old fashion buildings. Cyclist took up the city, and cows, sheep took up the country side.
Our journey began in Cambridge, dormitory located in Clare collage, the city was surrounded by the river Cam.

A brave trial was proceeding, I literally tasted the liquid of the river, it feels good, as if I am drinking the water from my fish tank.
Somehow, the captain was doing well with other competitors of racing boat. However, we could not avoid the collision with other rowboats. My dear friend, middle finger, part of the left hand, nearly been killed and dropped into the river.

Thanks to Norwich, a city by the sea, provided such special experience to me which was swimming in the stream. A great pirate, Rayman, who turned over the water-bucket-boat, where I was sitting, smiling after taking the captain’s power, controlling my four water buckets. It can’t be worse to both.

Good athlete, actually a friendly biology expert, showed us around the botanical garden of Cambridge under the “roasting” of the Sun. It was a busy day, we visited some of the hothouses, there were many incredible vegetation, some herbaceous leaf had a size like the closet hole, which is so big! The others, like bamboo, was also grown at the other side of the garden.

I am a big fan of Harry Potter, luckily, we went to Harry Potter’s World in London. The flying broom, Nimbus 2000, was selling in the Display window, I can ensure that if my trunk was big enough, I will take one!
An extreme small Hogwarts was place at the end of the gallery. All kids in UK would love to study at Hogwarts including a international pre-wizard which is me. Things had been proved that I can actually summon the broom, as when I said “up”, the controller will press the button, and magically, the broom flowed up.

During the last few days, we joined the formal, it was good, we got beautiful girls there, everyone looks brilliant in Western-style clothes and posh Evening-Dress. We got drinks in the middle of the green and had some chatting with friends and tutors. It gave me a deep impression not because of the beverages, but the peaceful and harmonious atmosphere I never seen in my hometown.

I would like to call the 2019 Summer School Youth. It was our youth and our teen. When I am writing this revision, these memories feel like they happened a long time ago, not because they can’t remind me a lot, but as the decline of human brain and its memory system, but the truth is, the unique experience in the UK does happened, and it never be erased.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take an umbrella because it often rains in the UK
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Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable Cambridge

Cambridge winter camp program was one of the few times in my life when I devoted myself to my studies.
I learned to debate and how to write their own documents, to understand the history of the British elite schools, the British customs, and students to help each other, but also to get to know a good teacher.
The debating skills I learned during this period of time have always followed me, so that during the two years of study in the later high school, I have always maintained a very high passion and interest in debating this project, and possessed very excellent and profound abilities and skills
This experience has broadened my horizons, improved my abilities, and that will help me a lot in the future.

What would you improve about this program?
The overall duration of the winter camp program is too short
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great academy to attend before college application

Nice experience to visit top universities in the UK such as Cambridge, Oxford, LSE, UCL, etc.

Three weeks of lectures given by professionals from Cambridge with the choices from Econ, International relations and Science. Mandatory British style Debate classes as well.

Dedicated activity managers and lovely try of college life. We had day trips in London as well as in Cambridge, city treasure hunt, and outdoor adventure during the weekend. Really nice experience staying with people of similar age there.

On the other hand, hope the diversity of students in terms of nationality could be improved in the future.

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Yes, I recommend this program

The Bliss in Cambridge Summertime

Fortunately, as a student who took part in the summer school organised by Cambridge International Academy, I spent approximately twenty days in England last summer. And I am going to share some pieces of precious memories and advice for those who are planning to participate in this summer school.

During the programme, most of time was spent in Clare College. Clare College began in 1326 as University Hall, but was reformed in 1338, when Lady Elizabeth de Clare came to its financial rescue. It also suffered two fires, which destroyed many of its early recordings. Additionally, Clare possesses Cambridge’s oldest stone bridge, built in 1638 by Thomas Grumbold. The chapel, which was consecrated in 1769, is exceptionally pretty, with its ethereally lit lantern tower and elegantly sainted glass, making Clare “more like a palace than a college”.

Each morning, after having a tasty traditional British breakfast at the buttery and saying “ morning” to the stone sculpture of Sir David Attenborough, you can stroll along the path where you can easily see the King’s Chapel adjacent to the Old Court. With songs of birds, you will roamed around Clare Fellow ’ s Gardens which are usually filled with the warmth of sunshine. Then you can walk across the Clare Bridge and a small junction to go back to the building where you will be given lectures. There are two gigantic pine trees standing in the front lawn next to the porter’s lodge, that are not able to be observed completely unless you turn your body round. Passing the library and turn right, you will see Lerner Court and The Gillespie Centre that have laundry and several study rooms.

Clare College is in the centre of university town, surrounded by King ’ s College, Trinity College and Queen’s College (the three most well-known ones) so you can pay a visit to them easily when you have spare time. While walking along the Trinity Lane, you will find yourself at a street market, where you can buy hearty food if you think the food offered in the buttery is not acceptable. You may find basically all what you can think of: Japanese sushi, Italian spaghetti, Chinese hotpot, to name but a few. Normally, you can go to museums (such as Sedgwick Museum of Geology, Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Museum of Zoology and the famous Fitzwilliam Museum - they are not very far from the town centre!), galleries (Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery is recommended, you can buy souvenir postcards with

elegant paintings there. It is the one next to the Corpus Christi Clock) and bookstores (Blackwell, Cambridge University Press Bookstore etc.) after finishing all your assignments, but there are much more options: you can go to do some exercises (maybe in Blue Fitness, but you need to register a membership; or you can go punting on the River Cam) or visit the fantastic Botanic Garden (I am afraid you need to take a taxi as it is a little bit far from the town centre).

In addition, you will also be offered great opportunities to visit other top universities in England. I chose UCL, LSE, University of Bristol and University of Bath, and you can also opt for KCL, IC, University of Nottingham and Loughborough University if they are your preferences. You can communicate directly with officers who recruit new students, and have an authentic feeling of having seen your future universities.

There is much more to introduce, but I think I should keep some to myself. Cambridge is the town that accommodates a myriad of treasures awaiting for you to discover - enjoy it, embrace it, kiss it, and you will find a unique Cambridge that solely belongs to you.


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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Jonathan Fearon-Jones

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Jon obtained his PhD in Political Philosophy following his joint Bachelor's degree in Law and Politics. He lived and worked in China in educational settings for many years before returning to the UK several years ago where he now enjoys living and working in Cambridge whilst retaining strong links with China. He has also been lucky to have had the opportunity to visit many other countries over the years, which he regards as an education in itself.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Many, but I suppose one very memorable one was being asked to name a restaurant in Guangzhou which, with the help of Chinese friends who could translate, became known as 'Dare to be happy'! I ate many tasty plates of prawns there, but doubt it still exists due to the rapid rate of change in China over the past 20 years especially!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

My past jobs have been working for other companies / institutions, not as a Director of my own. This is a big difference because It makes you wholly responsible for the experiences your students have. This can feel daunting but is also very rewarding, because happily our students are consistently overwhelmingly happy with theirs. But that weight of responsibility, for both students and teaching and welfare staff, never lifts.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

We do not have return students as such, due to the nature of our programme up to now. But many of our ex-students do keep in touch and those who are now studying all over the UK are happy to meet for lunch, dinner, or some other event if possible, as are we. Most recently we have met with one ex-student in Cambridge and another in Edinburgh.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

All! Up to now we have only offered the Pre University Summer Residential Programme (PUP), but we are developing other programmes currently. One of these is the Extended Project Programme (EPP) which is different from, but complements, our PUP. I believe these programmes are challenging and enriching.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

We are a small company and we like the fact that we get to know our students very well - like a family, one student has said. Our staff are carefully selected and all dedicated to ensuring our students' happiness and welfare. On our adventure activities weekend last summer I was impressed by how encouraging our welfare staff were (final year undergraduate students themselves) in encouraging our students to have a go at unfamiliar things.
It was a very positive and happy weekend!

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Trust. I think trust is vital. Being able to trust your teachers, and vice versa. The same applies with our students, and with students being able to trust their teachers and the management of the company. Any educational programme involves being an integral part of a community, however short or long the time, and all in that community must feel able to trust each other in giving their best if it is to be a happy and rewarding experience for all.