Dates, Fees and Funding | Scholarships | Entry Requirements | English Language Requirements
Insurance and Visa Information | T&C and Regulations | Arriving in Cambridge


Dates, Fees and Funding | Scholarships | Entry Requirements | Academic Expectations | English Language Requirements
Insurance and Visa Information | T&C and Regulations | Arriving in Cambridge

Applications for ISI 2020 opened on Monday 7th October 2019. 


Dates, Fees and Funding

ISI 2020 will take place between 5th July and 31st July 2020.

Key Dates:
Monday 7th October 2019: ISI 2020 Applications and Scholarship Applications open.

Sunday 8th March 2020: (17:00 GMT) Scholarship Applications close.

Sunday 15th March 2020: Scholarship Application outcomes released.

Monday 1st June 2020: ISI 2020 Applications formally close (if capacity has not already been reached by this date)


(1) Tuition £2,400 which includes:
A minimum of 45hrs tuition
Delegate pass to the 2-day Conference and the Conference dinner at one of the Cambridge Colleges.
Access to the Cambridge University Library
Academic and pastoral support

(2) Accommodation, Excursions and Entertainments which includes:
Single occupancy accommodation and dinner for the duration of the Programme (Sunday – Friday);
– Sharing facilities: £1,676
– En-suite facilities: £1,865

If you opt out of Magdalene College accommodation, there is a non-resident fee of £250. 

– 2 Formal Dinners at Magdalene College, Cambridge
– A day trip to London and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
– A programme of extra-curricular activities


The Cambridge Security Initiative (CSi) is offering a Scholarship scheme. Applicants should submit one ISI 2020 Scholarship Application Form.

The Scholarship application deadline is 5pm GMT on March 8th 2020. Scholarship decisions will be announced on March 15th 2020. Please note, to be eligible to apply for a Scholarship you must be in receipt of an offer to participate in ISI 2020.

Sir Richard Dearlove Scholarship:
A full tuition-fee Scholarship will be available for students attending the International Security and Intelligence Summer to mark the partnership between the CSi, sponsor of ISI, and King’s College London’s Department of War Studies.

Financial Aid:
If you receive Financial Aid from your home institution, payment of your Programme fee can be deferred until the release date of your Financial Aid. We will ask for a £500 non-refundable deposit, which secures your place on the Programme until your Financial Aid release date. You must, however, pay the balance of your Fee before the start of the Programme. If you receive or expect to receive Financial Aid, please contact us as soon as possible by e-mail.

Entry Requirements

Applications are invited from students in full time higher education and professionals. ISI operates a rolling admissions process, so early application is strongly recommended.

Applications open on 7th October 2019 and will close when the Programme is full (65 Students) or on 1st June 2020.

Successful applicants will usually have a GPA of well above the 3.3 (or equivalent) requirement and are likely to be in the later stages of an undergraduate course, studying for a Master’s degree, or have graduated. However, it should be stressed that we look carefully at the whole application, not least in the case there might be good reason for a modest GPA.

To be considered for admission, you will need to complete an application form, provide the supporting documents listed below and pay a £150 administration fee. The £150 administration fee will be deducted from your Programme fee if you are accepted and refunded if your application is not successful. Applications are usually assessed for admission within two weeks.

The following documents are required in support of your application:

(A) Student Applicants

  1. A Transcript. We will only accept original transcripts sent by post, or .pdf copies emailed directly from your Registrar, or scanned copies certified by your Study Abroad Office and emailed from a recognised institutional email address.
  2. An Academic Reference. Your referee should be someone who has taught you as part of your degree. References can be sent by post or e-mailed directly from the referee using her/his institutional e-mail address. Referees should comment on your academic ability as well as how you will benefit from and contribute to ISI.
  3. Your Independent Research Proposal.
    The Independent Research Proposal Form can be found here: ISI 2020 Supervision Proposal Form
    Please note that you are not required to have completed any previous courses on intelligence and/or security in order to produce an ISI Proposal Form. Rather, this is an opportunity for you to explore your academic interests in consultation with the relevant literature.
    The proposals below have been included to guide you.Examples of accepted proposals from 2019 can be found here:
    Proposal 1
    Proposal 2
    Proposal 3
  4. Proof of English Language Proficiency. This is only required for non-native English speakers studying at Universities whose language of instruction is not English. Please see the ‘English Language Requirement’ section below.

(B) Professional Applicants
Please send an up-to-date CV by e-mail.

ISI postal address is: PO Box 850, Cambridge, CB1 0YA.
ISI e-mail address is:

By submitting your application you are confirming that you have read, understood and will abide by ISI and Magdalene College’s terms and Conditions, Rules & Regulations and Codes of Conduct (see the Terms and Conditions page for copies of these documents).

Please keep in mind that you may also have to apply through your University.

Academic Expectations 

The academic guidelines for ISI 2020 can be found below:

ISI Academic Guidelines

English Language Requirements

If you are a non-native English speaker studying at a University whose language of instruction is not English it is essential that your English language skills are good enough for you to undertake an intensive and challenging academic course that is taught and assessed in English. You will therefore need to meet the same requirements as a Cambridge undergraduate and to provide evidence of one of the following:

IELTS: overall score of 7.0 (with at least 7.0 in each of the four components);
TOEFL (paper-based): overall score of 600 with a Test of Written English score of 5.5;

TOEFL (internet-based): overall score of 110 with component scores of at least: Listening 22, Reading 24, Speaking 25, and Writing 24
Cambridge English: Advanced, also known as the Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): grade A if taken before January 2015, or a score of at least 185
Cambridge English: Proficiency, also known as the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): grade B if taken before January 2015, or a score of at least 185
English Language GCSE, or O-level: grade B
International Baccalaureate Standard Level (SL): score of 5 in English (as Language A or B)
European Baccalaureate: score of 70% in English
Studied the International Baccalaureate programme, if it is taught in English
Studied the Singapore Integrated Programme (SIPCAL)

Insurance and Visa Information

Insurance Information:
We strongly advise you to take out adequate insurance prior to travelling to Cambridge. 
ISI participants are strongly advised to obtain insurance to adequately cover all international medical and emergency expenses.

While Magdalene College is a controlled site and Cambridge a small city, we recommend your travel insurance also includes cover against loss or damage to your personal belongings while you are travelling to/from the UK and during your stay in the UK.

Visa Information:
Your nationality will determine if you require a short term study visa for the ISI Summer Programme, and if you need to apply for your visa in advance of travel or on arrival in the UK. Please check on the UK Government website at

Short-term study visa requirements:
(i) If you are a ‘Non-Visa National’ you can obtain a short term study visa upon entry to the UK. If you are a Non-Visa National you must request a short term study visa stamp in your passport at the immigration desk on arrival in the UK. You must ensure you are not given a standard visitor stamp.
(ii) If you are a ‘Visa Nationals’ you must apply for a short term study visa before entering the UK.

Regardless of whether you are a Non-Visa National or a Visa National, you will need to provide a Visa Letter and other documents in support of your application. Please check what documents are required on the UK Government website at

You should indicate that you require a Visa Letter in your application to ISI. If required, we will issue your Visa Letter, but to comply with UK Government regulations only after you have paid your Programme fee. Because immigration officials may not accept copies of Visa Letters, we will send you your Visa Letter by post. Please ensure you allow sufficient time for the Visa Letter to arrive and, if required, to apply for your visa before travelling.

We strongly advise you to take copies of your passport, Visa Letter and insurance policies prior to travelling and keep these separate from the originals.

If you arrive in Cambridge without the correct immigration clearance for short term study, we will not permit you to start the Programme. It is your responsibly to ensure you have the correct visa clearance to participate in ISI. The Cambridge Security Initiative and the Department of War Studies, King’s College London have responsibilities to the UKVI to monitor your attendance on ISI in order to comply with the terms of your visa clearance.

T&C and Regulations

Cancellation Policy

The amount of Programme fee which we will refund will depend when we receive notice from you that you are cancelling your place on the Programme:

Before 16th March 100% of your Tuition Fee and 100% of your Accommodation Fee 
16th March to 15th April 100% of your Accommodation Fee
16th April to 15th May 50% of your Accommodation Fee
After 15th May no part of your Programme Fee will be refunded
The £150 Administration Fee is non-refundable
A detailed Regulations Policy is coming soon.

Arriving in Cambridge

Most international flights arrive at London Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted airports. The transport links between these airports and Cambridge are good and it is possible to travel from all of them to Cambridge by either train or coach. Coach travel is cheaper and from Gatwick and Heathrow there is a direct service (useful if you have heavy bags), whereas train travel will require travel via London. There is a direct train service linking Stansted and Cambridge.

National Express coaches connect all the airports to Cambridge;
This is a direct service Cambridge City centre coach stop is a 10-15mins walk from the City centre and Magdalene College.

The ‘Heathrow Express’ connects Heathrow airport and London Paddington train station. There are 4 trains an hour with journey time of 15mins. The Gatwick Express connects Gatwick airport to London Victoria train station. There are 4 trains an hour with journey time of 30mins. The direct train from Stansted to Cambridge takes approximately 40 minutes and runs less frequently.

If arriving into London Paddington or London Victoria you will need to travel across London to London King’s Cross Station by underground, bus or taxi. The underground is usually the quickest and most convenient means of travel in central London. See the Transport for London website for more information

There is a direct train service from London King’s Cross to Cambridge. Trains run approximately every 30mins with journey time of 50mins.

London Heathrow is also connected to central London by London underground’s Piccadilly Line. There is a direct service between London Heathrow and King’s Cross with a journey time of approximately 1hr.

If arriving at other UK airports, or for more information, please refer to:
National Express Coaches
National Rail Enquiries
Transport for London

Cambridge Train Station is located roughly 1.5miles from Cambridge City centre and Magdalene. There are several buses connecting the Train Station and the City centre (10mins approximately £1.10p). Alternatively, you can take a taxi (10mins approximately £10).

It is usually cheaper to buy coach and train tickets in advance of travel. If you buy tickets on the day of travel, we recommend that you buy your ticket(s) before boarding the train or coach.