(photo of 2017 summer school participants)

Year 11 Arts and Humanities Summer School

Selwyn College is excited to announce our Year 11 Summer School which will take place on Monday 25th June – Thursday 28th June. Students will stay for three nights at Selwyn College where they will be immersed in university-style teaching, meet current undergraduates and experience life at a top university such as Cambridge.

This Summer School will feature a range of different Arts and Humanities subjects, themed around Italy. Participants will travel (virtually) through the Italian peninsula with University of Cambridge scholars as their guides, covering subjects including Linguistics, Film Studies, Languages, Art History, Archaeology and History. The Summer School has been designed to match as closely as possible a real Cambridge student’s experience and so will include lectures followed by supervisions (small group teaching sessions) as well as seminars and workshops.

In the evenings, participants will get involved in social activities, 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.

See our poster!

Requirements for applicants:

  • Currently in Year 11 (or equivalent)
  • Studying at least one language GCSE (or equivalent)
  • On track or predicted to get at least 7s or As in 5 subjects at GCSE (or equivalent)
  • Will be taking A Levels/International Baccalaureate/Scottish Highers next year

Recommended but not required:

  • An interest in Arts/Humanities subjects
  • An interest in applying to the University of Cambridge

There are only 30 places available for this Summer School so we encourage students to apply soon. Any students who are interested should apply online using the following application form:


The application form should be filled in by the applicant themselves and will need to be completed in one sitting (roughly 30 minutes). They will need to hand information about: any completed GCSEs and any predicted GCSE grades they have (or equivalent qualifications), school details and details of emergency contacts.

We will be selecting applicants on the basis of the information provided, prioritising: those we believe would stand to gain the most from this experience; those who show a genuine interest in the subjects on offer and those who have a realistic chance of attending a highly selective university in the future.

Applications will close on Friday 13th April. Please note applicants will not be contacted regarding the outcome of their application until shortly after this deadline.

2017 Summer School

If you would like to get a feel for what our summer schools are like, we have some videos of last year’s summer school:

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 

Testimonials from last year:

“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, 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, 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, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls

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