Accommodation & Meals | Social Programme

Over the course of its 800-year history – it was founded in 1209 – Cambridge has witnessed international conflicts, the rise and fall of Empires, world wars and civil wars, but despite the ravages of time the City and University of Cambridge have prospered. Today, Cambridge is one the world’s leading Universities scoring highly both for teaching and many areas of cutting-edge research which in turn are generating new enterprises that contribute substantially to the life of a thriving University and a vibrant City.

At the heart of all of this is the commitment the University makes to the care and education, in the broadest sense, of its students, something it sees as the first among its many priorities. Founded upon the supervision system which brings students and their teachers together regularly in very small groups, this is the ancient, Socratic, teaching model where ideas, concepts and opinions are discussed and tested, and written work is honed.

The ISI Programme and Conference seeks to bring the best of the Cambridge teaching and learning experience to suitably qualified international students through a Programme that offers all the main ingredients of Cambridge undergraduate life while focusing on a subject of enormous contemporary relevance.

Participants will experience much of the life of their Cambridge contemporaries. Collegiate life revolves around Magdalene College in the heart of a city that dates back to the middle ages where you can enjoy its cloistered courtyards, riverside views, ancient Dining Halls and the centuries-old tradition of Formal Dining. A small team of Programme and Teaching Assistants (Cambridge students and ISI Alumni) will be on-hand to organise a calendar of extra-curricular activities designed to introduce you to the University and the City, typically including College and City tours, theatre outings, sports, afternoon tea, punting on the River Cam and many of the rituals of eating and socialising which have changed little over the years, although the quality of the food has improved enormously!

Studying in Cambridge is a once in a lifetime experience.


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Accommodation and Meals

Founded in 1428, Magdalene College, like many of the older colleges, has a rich architectural history, quiet courts and gardens bordering the river Cam from which the City derives its name. The College’s central location provides the ideal base from which to explore the historic City.

Single occupancy accommodation is offered for the duration of the Programme either with en suite or shared bathroom facilities. Linens, towels and cleaning by College staff are provided and laundry facilities are available. There are study and social spaces, wi-fi, a cafe, bar and a fine medieval dining hall. Included in the accommodation fee is dinner in College (Sunday – Friday).

Accommodation is optional. If you prefer to find alternative accommodation, or do not require accommodation, you will be asked to indicate this in your application. If you opt out of College accommodation, please note there is a non-resident fee of £250.

College life in general, and dining in particular, define the experience of every student at the University of Cambridge, and offering a more comprehensive meal plan will, we hope, move your experience on ISI closer to that of full-time students in Cambridge.

Standard Accommodation Fee: £1,716

En-Suite Accommodation Fee: £1,905

Social Programme

A small team of Programme and Teaching Assistants, comprising of current Cambridge students and ISI Alumni, will organise a busy and varied social programme, typically including: architectural and historical tours of the University and its constituent colleges, sports activities, pub outings, quiz nights and afternoon tea. In addition, we will arrange a number of activities and excursions which in previous years has included:

A day-trip to London – travel to/from London and a performance at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (included in your programme fee)

Two ‘Formals’ – candle-lit dinners in Magdalene Hall (included in your programme fee)

Punting – one of the quintessential Cambridge activities

The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival with evening performances staged in beautiful College gardens

A visit to the Orchard tearooms located in the idyllic village of Grantchester made famous by the Bloomsbury Group and more recently by another quite different group, Pink Floyd

Ely Cathedral (1083) – ‘one of the finest Gothic buildings in Europe’ and one of the marvels of the medieval world

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