Where will Immerse take you?
Immerse programmes in Cambridge are an inspiring and transformative experience that can have a profound effect on the participants that join the programme. Many students tell us that Immerse helped them gain a clearer understanding of what they wanted to study and where they hoped to be. With many of our students going on to achieve wonderful feats all around the world, we wanted to highlight some fantastic stories about past participants.
Ore participated in the Immerse International Relations programme. Ore returned to Immerse as a mentor in 2016 and then as a Programme Manager in 2017.
I returned to Immerse – this time as a mentor
In June 2014, in search of an academic summer programme that pushed me but also gave me an opportunity to explore Cambridge, I stumbled across Immerse.
I came with so many questions: Do I want to study International Relations or Law? What about International Relations do I find interesting? After those 2 weeks, I left with a much clearer vision of what my future could look like.
Not only did Immerse convince me to study International Relations, it made me fall in love with Cambridge.
I attended Immerse in 2014 to do the International Relations course, and I absolutely loved it. I found that Immerse was the perfect balance between academics and fun. First and foremost, we were able to delve into subjects we may not have had the opportunity to study at school. The fact that I was able to take International Relations for two weeks solidified my decision to apply for such a course at university as well. This was the first time I was introduced to Oxbridge-style supervisions, whereby teaching happens in small groups based on your presentation of your work to further challenge yourself. So not only did the Immerse programme in Cambridge convince me to study International Relations, but it also made me fall in love with the city.
Emilia participated in Immerse and was so inspired by her time with us that she decided to study HSPS at Churchill College, University of Cambridge.
Lewis is an Immerse Alumni having attended the programme in 2016. He is currently doing a Masters Degree in Mathematics at the University of Exeter.
I attended Immerse to study Mathematics over an incredible two weeks. The course enabled me to open doors to a new world.
With the thought of university applications just beyond the horizon, my choice in applying for Mathematics was likely, yet uncertain. I was overwhelmed with questions. How does the subject differ from school to university? What would I be taught if I did Maths in university? Is this course right for me? I attended Immerse in July 2016 to study Mathematics over an incredible two weeks and the programme answered these questions. The course enabled me to open doors to a new world. We delved into different aspects of Mathematics, from proving Pythagoras Theorem or why 1+1=2, to the abstract of topology and fractals, to the applications of calculus.
Maia is an Immerse Alumni having attended the programme in 2014. She is now studying Theology at Newnham College, University of Cambridge.
The method of teaching at Immerse was vastly different to anything I had ever experienced in school.
I attended Immerse as a participant in 2014, with one year left in school and the daunting prospect of university applications ahead of me. While I had a pretty good idea that I wanted to study Theology at university, I had no idea of how I would go about researching and finding my specific passion within the subject, having never studied the subject at school.
I took the Philosophy course at Immerse, thinking that the exploration of philosophy of religion might ignite my interest. Not only did I find this to be true, but also the method of teaching at the summer school was vastly different to anything I had ever experienced in school.
"My tutor gave me the confidence I needed to advance my understanding of my subject."
Clemens enrolled for the Immerse Biology Programme in 2014. He is now studying Biology at the University of Vienna
My participation in Immerse supported me in the foundation of my academic career.
As I spent much of my time designing all kinds of robots as a child, it seemed obvious to me that I wanted to become an inventor or a scientist. In the following years, I have gained a great interest in life sciences and ultimately began to reflect on prospective undergraduate courses I would like to take. However, since university had previously been an unknown institution to me, I decided to attend Immerse in summer 2014.
In the medicine programme, I was introduced to the concepts of genetics and epigenetics. Immediately, I was thrilled by the fact that sequences consisting of only four different letters control the development and maintenance of all living organisms. Moreover, essays and discussions during the lectures stimulated my interest in basic research. Immerse had given me the first insight into a research field which later became my greatest passion.
During those weeks, I have become close friends with many of the other participants, as we experienced numerous great adventures together. Our mentors organised unique excursions, including punting along the River Cam and visiting Oxford. It was also amusing to attend a talent show and formal dinners. The utterly terrific picture on the left side was taken after one of the formal dinners.
I am currently enrolled in the bachelor’s programme in biology with a focus on genetics at the University of Vienna, which I aim to complete with my participation in an academic programme at Imperial College London. Work experiences at the Institute of Cancer Research, Medical University of Vienna and the centre for medical genetics at a hospital in Vienna have given me the opportunity to deepen my understanding of misguided development. After my graduation, I plan to continue my studies in Germany or the United Kingdom and further specialise in genetics and stem cell research.
My participation at the Immerse summer programme in Cambridge supported me in the foundation of my academic career. Moreover, I made the acquaintance of many great people and found grand friends, with whom I still get in touch with every now and then. In my opinion, Immerse is a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into your prospective undergraduate course.