Application Process

This is a prestigious course with a limited number of places. Applicants should be aged 12-18 years old and still be in school at the time of applying.

Please complete an application form if you are interested to apply or contact us to discuss your requirements. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all the places are filled.

Please liaise with your school about the application process and payment deadlines if you are attending in a school group.

Application Requirements

Cambridge Dream is an academic programme. We are looking for talented and hard-working students, who will be committed to meeting the challenges and getting the most from attending the programme.

During registration, applicants will be asked to choose a specialist subject. On arrival in Cambridge, they will be assigned to a tutor’s class for subject tuition and teamed with a Cambridge undergraduate or graduate for mentoring and university preparation workshops in their subject.

Applicants must be able to follow lessons in English and actively participate in class discussions. Where a student is not taught in English, we ask for evidence of their English level, such as an IELTS or TOEFL test score. For example, for younger students we would expect an IELTS test score of 5.0 or above, while for older students we would expect an IELTS test score of 6.5 or above.  If no test score is available, we will accept confirmation by a teacher or counsellor that the student will be able to:

  • take part in conversations using everyday vocabulary (not technical)
  • understand most written text (not technical)
  • make notes and understand most of the general meaning of lectures and presentations.

As part of the application process, all applicants aged 16-18 years old will be asked to write a short personal essay (approximately 250 words about their academic studies, extra-curricular activities, university aspirations and why they would like to attend the course in Cambridge).  The older students will have scheduled times to work on improving this draft during the course. Younger students (12-15 years old) will do other exciting activities instead.