We have just finished our first ever Year 11 Arts and Humanities (Tour of Italy) Summer School. 29 students stayed at Selwyn on Friday 30th June – Sunday 2nd July where they were immersed in university-style teaching in a broad range of subjects, met current undergraduates and experienced life at a top university such as Cambridge. 

The Summer School featured a range of different Arts and Humanities subjects, themed around Italy. Participants travelled virtually through the Italian peninsula with University of Cambridge scholars as their guides as they experienced taster lectures in Languages, History, Art History, Archaeology, Film and Linguistics. In the evenings, participants were involved in social activities such as a relaxing Evening of Art and a Scavenger Hunt, providing them with the opportunity to meet their peers from around the UK and have the chance to interact with current undergraduates, university academics and other university staff in a relaxed, informal setting.

Watch our videos:

Full length (22 mins): https://sms.cam.ac.uk/media/2512762 

Short (8 mins): https://sms.cam.ac.uk/media/2512847

Academic sessions (14 mins): https://sms.cam.ac.uk/media/2512791 


“I found the experience very inspiring and interesting. The accommodation and social activities were great and I really enjoyed the academic sessions. It made me feel really determined to apply to Cambridge in a few years.” Josie Hackney-Barber, Benton Park School

“I feel that it has guided my future choices, both in choices at sixth form as well as when applying to universities. All of the sessions were highly beneficial.” Brianna Mitchell, Whitcliffe Mount School

“It was a good experience and helped me improve my understanding of life at a Cambridge college. In addition, I really enjoyed learning about Italian language and culture and the social aspects of the summer school.” Javier Leon Ayarza, Royal Grammar School Guildford

 “The summer school helped me massively in gaining self-assurance and furthered my confidence in both my social skills and academic knowledge. I have learned a lot and received the foundations for learning more, because although there was plenty of subject content and factual information, the course was also crafted to teach me transferable, non-quantifiable aspects of learning that I would have found difficult otherwise. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity and for making me feel confident both with other people and with the subject matter.” Antonia Harrison, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls

Please contact Michelle Tang, Schools Liaison Officer, with any enqueries: schools-liaison@sel.cam.ac.uk