Frequently Asked Questions

Academics

How many contact hours?
There will be a minimum of 45hrs contact teaching.

Which supervision group am I in?
We will confirm your supervision group by e-mail once you have submitted your supervision proposal and paid your Programme fee.

How often do my classes meet?
You will have on average 10hrs of lectures, seminars, supervision and/or workshops per week.

When is the conference and where does it take place?
The conference takes place on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st July (approximately 9am to 6pm) and will take place in a central Cambridge College. There is also a conference dinner on Saturday 21st from 7:30pm.

How much does the conference cost?
Attendance at the conference and the conference dinner in included in the ISI Programme fee.

Do I need to buy books?
The general rule is that you do not need to buy books. Required texts will be available in the College or University libraries. However, your supervisor may set pre-course reading in which case she/he will communicate with you by e-mail before the start of the Programme.

Applications

Who can apply?
Applications are invited from students in full time higher education and professionals.

When is the deadline?
June 9th is the deadline for applying to ISI. However, we operate a rolling application process and competition will be strong, so you are advised to apply early.

How soon will I hear?
You will usually receive an admissions decision within two weeks of submitting a complete application.

How do I confirm my place?
To confirm your place on ISI you must pay your Programme fee in full.

Costs and Finance

How much does the Programme cost?
The full Programme fee for tuition + accommodation is £4,225.

What is included in the Programme fees?
The tuition fee of £2,300 includes: a minimum of 45hrs tuition, access to College and University libraries, and academic and pastoral support. The Accommodation, Conference, Excursions and Entertainments fee of £1,925 includes: single occupancy B&B accommodation for the duration of the Programme, 2 Formal Dinners, a 2-day conference and conference dinner, and a programme of extra-curricular activities.

How do I get money in the UK?
The most convenient way to draw money or pay for goods and services in the UK i with a debit or credit card. This is also the safest way to pay for things. Credit and debit cards are accepted almost everywhere in the UK. Make sure you know your PIN (Personal Identification Number) as you’re likely to be asked to enter it in most stores, and we also strongly advise you contact your bank before leaving your home country so that they do not block your card once you arrive and to discuss the most cost effective way of drawing cash and making payments in the UK. Remember, you will be charged for drawing cash in the UK by banks and card operators.

Arrival and Departure Information

How do I get to/from Cambridge?
Travel to Cambridge from the major airports and London is quick and easy. Please see the ‘Arriving in Cambridge’ page for more details.

When is registration?
Registration takes place on Sunday 8th July from 2pm to 4pm at Magdalene College’s Porters’ Lodge.

When can I check-in?
You can check-in from 2pm on Sunday 8th July. We cannot accommodate early arrivals. If you are arriving in Cambridge before check-in, you will need to find your own interim accommodation.

When do I have to check out?
You must check-out by 9:30am on Friday 3rd August.

Accommodation

Where will I live?
You will live in single accommodation in Magdalene College’s central site in Cambridge.

Do I need to bring bed linen?
No. Linens and towels will be provided and changed regularly for you.

Do I need to bring cooking equipment?
There are communal kitchens (‘gyp’ rooms) complete with basic utensils.

Travel

What’s included in the Programme fee?
Extra-curricular activities, including trips to nearby places of interest, will be either free to attend or low cost.

Can I travel independently?
Yes. Many students take advantage of Cambridge’s location and good transport links to travel within the UK and to continental Europe. ISI staff will help you plan to travel independently. You will have time to travel at the week-ends, or after the end of the Programme.

Do I need a visa to travel outside the UK?
This depends on your nationality. It is your responsibility to check prior to travel with the visa and immigration department(s) of the country(ies) you are intending to travel to.

What to Pack

Travel documents
Keep your passport, visa letter, travel insurance, air tickets, and the address and phone number for the ISI Programme safe, and we would also recommend that you make copies of these documents and keep them separately from the originals.

Make sure that you have all the documents required by UK immigration to enter the UK. Please visit our ‘Insurance and Visa Information’ page for more information.
If you have an official photo ID, we recommend you bring this with you to use in the UK in place of your passport, which can be kept securely at Cohen Quadrangle.

Electrical Equipment and laptops
You will have WIFI access throughout the College site and we recommend bringing a laptop or tablet with you, if you have one. Using internet communication interfaces such as FaceTime is a good, free way to keep in touch with family and friends at home. Magdalene College permits reasonable internet bandwidth usage, but restrictions will be imposed where usage is unreasonably high. All electric and electronic devices including laptops must be safe and must therefore comply with UK health and safety regulations.

Clothes
Although it is summer, we recommend you also bring clothes to keep you warm and dry. One essential is a comfortable pair of shoes for sightseeing.

Although there isn’t a ‘dress code’ for Formal Dinners, the expectation is that you will be smart and these are occasions for dressing up! Traditionally, cocktail dresses, suits and ties are worn.

Communications and the Internet

Will I have access to the internet?
Yes. You will be given access to the internet.

Is there a bandwidth limit?
The College allows reasonable internet bandwidth usage, but restrictions will be imposed where usage is unreasonably high.

Can I receive post?
Yes. The postal address is:

Your Name C/O ISI, Magdalene College, Magdalene St, Cambridge CB3 0AG.

Will my mobile phone work in the UK?
You should check with your service provider before travelling if your mobile phone can be used in the UK, but be aware that ‘roaming’ charges can be exceptionally high, especially for data use. An alternative is to buy a phone in the UK with a ‘pay as you go’ tariff. Phones can be purchased inexpensively and the tariff gives you control over how much you spend.

Visa and Insurance

Do I need a visa?
This depends on your nationality. Please visit our ‘Insurance and Visa Information’ page for more details. It is your responsibility to make sure you have the correct visa to attend ISI.

Do I need travel or health insurance?
We strongly recommend that you have adequate insurance to cover you while traveling and while in the UK. Please visit our ‘Insurance and Visa Information’ page for more details.