Welcome to Cambridge 

Cambridge Programmes has delivered best-in-class residential summer schools for over 15 years. Find out more about our origins, mission and ethos below.

Cambridge Programmes was established in 2004 and celebrated its 15th Anniversary in 2019 with over 200 participants joining us from around the world.

Now that the Covid pandemic is behind us, we are delighted to welcome our students back to Cambridge in 2024!

We all know an excellent education can change lives and is the best investment parents can ever give to their children. We pride ourselves on our continued success in offering this unique opportunity to students through a rigorous academic and engaging two-week Programme. This is achieved firstly by inviting students to stay in one of the 31 Colleges of the prestigious University of Cambridge.

Secondly, our experienced senior teaching staff from both the University and the best academic schools in Cambridge will conduct classes. Lessons are in small groups, around 18 per class. Our syllabi are designed to interest students and provoke their intellectual curiosity, rather than repeating their schoolwork. Our key in teaching is to emphasise “how” to learn and “how” to think, rather than “what” to learn.

Thirdly, we believe a strong role model for teenagers is vital, especially in today’s competitive and fast-changing world. We select, through a rigorous process, a group of Cambridge students acting as our participants’ Mentors. A Mentor looks after approximately six students. Aside from the morning lessons, our Mentors further tutor the students in the afternoons and lead exciting activities in the evenings.

Fourthly, teamwork is so important in the workplace today whichever walk of life one chooses. Our Mentors work closely with their students to design a team project which is acted out on stage at the end of the Programme.

Last, but not least, our Summer Programme is great fun for students too and we include several exciting cultural visits outside Cambridge.

Whichever Programme our students join, we are confident that this will be a life-changing experience, just as it has been for the many thousands of students who have been privileged to be part of Cambridge Programmes so far!

We look forward to seeing you!

Cambridge Mentors

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Dr Saeb-Parsy in theatre

Cambridge Programmes and Teaching Staff

All our teaching staff are drawn either from the University of Cambridge or top UK independent schools. Our staff are carefully selected to reflect both their subject expertise and their ability and experience in communicating effectively with students whose first language may not be English.

  • What makes Cambridge Programmes so unique is that we have a brilliant Mentoring system. Each Mentor looks after, on average, only six participants.
  • Mentors are Cambridge-educated graduates and undergraduates carefully chosen to look after, teach and arrange educational and fun activities for our participants.
  • Not only are our Mentors academically brilliant, they are talented in music, sport, drama and debate and are therefore true “Role Models” for our participants over the two weeks.
  • Many of them have teaching experience already either in the UK or overseas. The Mentors we choose are simply the best. They are amongst the brightest and the most accomplished students at this top university.

Our Organisational Structure

The Cambridge Programmes team is composed of an executive core supported by Directors of Study for each programme. Mentors, carefully selected every year, are responsible for students’ academic and pastoral well-being.



MA (Cantab), MBA, MSc, CEng

Senior Management Team

MA (Cantab),
MSc (London Business School)
Managing Director

MA (St Andrews) PGCE
Academic Director and Director of Studies for English

Programme Dean

Directors of Study

MEng MA (Cantab)
Director of Studies for Engineering/AI

PhD (Cantab)
Director of Studies for Law Induction

Director of Studies for Medicine
MA, MB, BChir, PhD, FRCS

PhD (Cantab)
Director of Studies for History

Our Mentors

Our Mentors are undergraduates and graduates carefully selected from a competitive field of the top students at Cambridge University. Some of our Mentors are Music Scholars from King’s College or Trinity College. Some play sport at the highest level and are awarded Cambridge Blues.

Many of these Mentors have already had solid teaching experience. All are experts in their respective disciplines which are tailored to suit each Programme. They provide teaching and pastoral care to our students 24/7. One mentor typically looks after six students throughout the Programme. They are the perfect role models for our students.

Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is such an important aspect of our Programme that we have an experienced Matron in College to look after our students’ needs in case they are unwell.

Our Teachers

We have a committed group of passionate subject teachers on our Staff from the top academic schools in and around Cambridge as well as distinguished lecturers from Cambridge and other Universities.

Supplementing such brilliant morning lessons with afternoon “supervisions” from Cambridge undergraduates is our model for superb learning to inspire our students.

Enquiries about the Programmes

If you have questions or would like further information, please contact us here.