Cambridge Dream is a leading provider of international STEAM*-focused short study courses based in Cambridge University, helping high school students (13-18 years old) fulfil their ambition of being accepted by a top university anywhere in the world. We are an adaptive and dynamic summer school, continuously evolving and innovating to ensure our programmes are meeting the needs of our students in this fast-changing 21st Century.
*Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths
Why attend a Cambridge Dream Summer Programme?
Applying to university is one of the biggest decisions of any young person’s life. It is also increasingly a major financial investment. In order to maximise the chance of success, it is essential to make the right choice of subject and institution, and to prepare thoroughly for the application.
With global competition growing for sought-after places at high-ranking universities, excellent academic results are essential, but they do not on their own guarantee admission. In addition to achieving high grades, young people must perform well in all aspects of the application process, including showing what they have gained from extra-curricular reading, projects and activities.
This is typically more difficult for students who are applying for a top university place overseas. For example, the success rate for non-UK applicants to Cambridge University is on average about 12%, and for many countries considerably lower, compared to around 26% for UK applicants. Non-UK applicants have fewer opportunities to come to Open Days or familiarise themselves with the process and prepare thoroughly before applying. Furthermore, the teaching methods in some countries may not encourage the confident communication, curiosity and critical thinking expected of top-performing students in the UK.
Increasingly, getting good A-level results is not enough for young people to get the places they want. Going beyond the core requirements of exam results to seek out the wider enrichment of a host of activities gives students an undeniable advantage in their applications, as well as being valuable in and for themselves. Higher education was built on a foundation of curiosity and commitment and this is something we excitedly look for in each influx of students.
What are Admissions Tutors in World-Class Universities looking for?
Admissions tutors are committed to selecting students with the highest academic potential, regardless of their nationality or background, by taking into account their academic results, personal statements, admissions tests required for certain courses, such as the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA), and interview. When assessing potential applicants, admissions tutors are looking for students’ motivation and ability to apply their minds and deal with new concepts, rather than their ability to recall facts.
We want a sense of your ability to think analytically and critically in an academic setting.
Beyond test scores and grades…(we look for) character and leadership.
By attending a Cambridge Dream programme, participants can:
- Understand every aspect of the admissions process and how to stand out against other applicants.
- Investigate institutions and courses to make sure they all the information needed to make the right choices.
- Learn from a current undergraduate about the specialist subject they are thinking of studying at degree level.
- Undertake extensive practical preparations to improve their chances of a successful application.
- Develop the key skills needed to enhance their performance, such as making presentations, solving problems, thinking critically, studying independently, academic writing, leadership, teamwork and creativity.
- Increase their confidence, commitment, self-knowledge, global awareness and resilience.
- Nurture their talents and interests in a wide range of academic areas and see the connections between different disciplines and concepts.
- Create an ongoing ‘personal development plan’ (15-18 years only) which helps them to set clear personal objectives and identify the means to achieve them.
What is the Cambridge Dream?
Many people who study at Cambridge University describe the experience as a dream come true.
For over 800 years Cambridge University has been a world-leading centre of academic excellence, renowned for its ground-breaking scientific research, its rich literary history and its extraordinary architectural beauty.
With over 90 Nobel Prize winners, Cambridge University has more than any other institution and continues to be home to the most innovative thinkers of the twenty-first century.
Follow in famous footsteps
Follow in the footsteps of Cambridge’s famous alumni:
- Francis Crick and James Watson, who discovered the structure of DNA.
- Isaac Newton, who developed the laws of universal gravitation.
- Charles Darwin, who formulated the theory of evolution by natural selection.
- Charles Babbage, who invented the first programmable computer.
- Economist, John Maynard Keynes.
- Poets, William Wordsworth and Lord Byron.
- Future King of England, Prince Charles, to name but a few.