Participant Information Area
Sunday 23rd July – Saturday 5th August 2017
We hope that you are looking forward to joining Immerse Education to experience an enriching educational programme which will provide you with an insight into what it is like to study your chosen subject(s) at university level, as well as a diverse extracurricular programme that will immerse you in university life. This page is your central resource for information regarding the programme, and includes useful information such as:
- Things to do before Immerse Education
- Your accommodation details
- Arrival details
- Departure details
- Syllabus and preparatory tasks
- Academic session procedures
- Participant Ambition Questionnaire
- University application preparation workshops
- Suggested packing list
- Emergency contact details
- Accidents or medical emergency procedure
Immerse Education takes place across three beautiful and centrally located colleges of Cambridge University.
The college that you’re staying in:
- Sidney Sussex College
- Christ’s College
- St Catharine’s College
- Westcott House
Afternoon activities and workshops
- Venues around Cambridge
- St Catharine’s College
- Christ’s College
- Christ’s College
Hover over the blue icons for further information:
The Immerse Education ‘campus’ consists of Christ’s College, St Catharine’s College and Sidney Sussex College – all central Cambridge University colleges are within a 7 minute walk of one another. All participants have breakfast at their respective college, and all participants are served dinner in Christ’s College, except for organised external dinners in Cambridge and Oxford. Academic sessions take place in St Catharine’s College, Christ’s College and Westcott House (depending upon the chosen subject(s)), and all participants socialise and participate in academic sessions, activities and workshops with participants from across all three colleges.
Our summer mentor team is always on hand to accompany participants between colleges, if they wish.
We advise participants arrive at Sidney Sussex College’s main entrance on Sidney Street, ideally between 2PM to 4PM. We appreciate that our international participants may need to arrive earlier or later than the recommended time, and therefore are able to accept arrivals from 8AM – 10PM on the day of arrival, though room check-in is not available until 2pm.
The address of Sidney Sussex College is as follows:
Sidney Sussex College
University of Cambridge
Arriving in Cambridge by train or coach?
There are direct connections from London to Cambridge from Liverpool Street and King’s Cross mainline stations. From outside Cambridge train station, you will need to take a licensed taxi (from the taxi stand immediately outside the station) to the college, which costs approximately £5-10.
National Express long distance coach services terminate at Parkside, on the Northern side of Parker’s Piece. Sidney Sussex College is approximately 8 minutes walk from the terminal.
Arriving in Cambridge by car?
If you are being dropped off in Cambridge by your parents or guardians, then please make your way directly to Sidney Sussex College. Parking in central Cambridge is very limited, but there is the multi-storey ‘Grand Arcade’ car park a few minutes walk away from the college.
Arriving in the UK by plane?
If you are arriving at London Heathrow Airport:
We offer a shared pickup service from London Heathrow Airport on Sunday 23rd July, at a cost of £45 each way per participant. Pickups take place at 11:00am, 13:30pm, 16:00pm, 19:30pm, 21:00pm.
If you have already booked the shared transport service from London Heathrow Airport, please:
- Click here to view a PDF of the ‘Shared Airport Transfer Instructions’, which includes a map of the exact central meeting point at London Heathrow Terminal 3. Members of staff will be available at the airport from 8:30am – 9:00pm on the day of arrival. We recommend that you print a copy of this PDF document and keep it with you for your arrival.
- If you have booked the shared transport service, but have not yet paid, you can pay via cash or credit/debit card at the Registration Desk upon arrival in Cambridge.
- Please note, if you have already completed the Participant Information Form and not booked a place on the shared transport service but now require a place, you must contact us.
If you are arriving at London Stansted Airport
There is a direct train from London Stansted Airport to Cambridge train station, with a journey time of approximately 40minutes. Alternatively, National Express coach services are also available. We can also arrange a private taxi transfer.
If you are arriving at London Gatwick Airport
National Express coach services are available from London Gatwick Airport to Cambridge and take approximately 2-3 hours. Alternatively, we are able to assist you in arranging a private taxi.
If you are arriving at another airport or arriving in the UK after 8:00pm
For participants arriving at other airports in the UK, or arriving in the UK after 8:00pm, please let us know if you would like us to arrange a private taxi transfer. If you have booked a private taxi transfer service, the taxi will pick you up from the relevant airport at the pre-booked time, and you will be sent a separate email to confirm the details of your transfer.
Registering at Sidney Sussex College
Upon arrival at Sidney Sussex College, you will be greeted by a member of the Immerse Education team, who will guide you to the Registration Desk. You will be provided with an identification card and lanyard (which must be kept on you at all times), a welcome pack, keys to your accommodation, a map of the college and an itinerary for the programme. After registration and settling into your accommodation, participants should congregate at the registration desk, before being accompanied to the Function Room of Christ’s College, which will serve as the central headquarters for the first day. Here you will be able to meet other course participants, and members of the team will be on hand to answer any queries you might have.
A number of activities and a tour of Christ’s college have been arranged on the day of arrival in order to help you familiarise yourself with your surroundings and to meet your fellow participants. Family members and friends are welcome on our private tours!
Map of Sidney Sussex College
For those travelling by plane, a shared transfer service is available for participants to London Heathrow airport on departure day (Saturday August 5th 2017). If you have booked the shared transport service, but have not yet paid, you can pay via cash or credit/debit card at the Registration Desk upon arrival. Please note, if you have not booked a place on the shared transport service using the Participant Information Form but now require a place, you must contact us.
If you have booked a private taxi transfer service, the taxi will pick you up from Sidney Sussex College at the prebooked time.
Participants are required by the college to vacate their rooms by 10am on Saturday 5th August, and we advise participants to depart before 3pm. The Immerse Education team will be on site until 6pm to supervise any participants who may need to leave Cambridge later than the suggested time. A left luggage area is available for participants.
You will be sent your ‘Syllabus Overview’ documents for your chosen subject(s) as an email attachment. This document contains an overview of the topics that will be explored with your assigned tutor. Please read the document carefully, and note whether there are any recommended preparatory tasks to undertake prior to arrival. Certain subjects have no recommended preparatory tasks. If you have preparatory tasks to complete for your chosen subject(s), please complete these before the start of the programme.
Note for participants who have chosen two subjects:
Participants who choose two subjects will alternate between subjects. This means that although they cover half of the syllabus per subject, they will explore each topic in exactly the same level of detail as a participant who chooses one subject. Subjects are taught in a modular way to ensure that participants are able to effectively split their academic time between subjects.
Academic sessions will commence on the first Monday of the programme. Sessions are a hybrid between a university-style lecture and an Oxbridge-style supervision/tutorial, in order to facilitate discussion and engagement. These sessions are held in small groups to ensure that every student has a firm understanding of the material being taught.
You are encouraged to take notes in each session as well as engage in discussion, interrogate the topic area, and question any material that you might not understand. Whilst we recommend the use of a laptop throughout the programme, you should not let it impede upon your engagement with the subject matter during the academic session.
Academic sessions take place in a variety of locations around central Cambridge, all within a 5-11 minute walk of every college, and mentors will always be on hand to guide participants to different venues.
Top tips for succeeding!
- Complete the Participant Ambition Questionnaire before 20th June. By telling Immerse Education a little more about your academic profile and ambitions we can ensure you get the most out of your time with us!
- Complete the ‘Learning How to Learn’ course (https://www.coursera.org/learn/learning-how-to-learn). This free course gives you easy access to the invaluable learning techniques used by experts in art, music, literature, math, science, sports, and many other disciplines. You’ll learn about the how the brain uses two very different learning modes and how it encapsulates (“chunks”) information. You’ll also cover illusions of learning, memory techniques, dealing with procrastination, and best practices shown by research to be most effective in helping you master tough subjects.
- Ask lots of questions. If you don’t understand something, ask! If you do and want to explore something more, ask! You have access to some of the top minds in the entire world, so feel free to pick their brains while you have the chance.
- Get involved. Immerse Education isn’t just about being taught, it is about challenging yourself. Voice your opinion, then question it! Engage in debates in class, carry on those debates outside of class. Try a new activity that you haven’t before! Immerse Education offers participants a whole range of exciting opportunities – seize the opportunity and get involved.
- Have fun. The Immerse Education syllabus is meant to be challenging but don’t forget, there is a joy to learning and we want you to find it!
What is the purpose of this questionnaire?
Our mission is to ensure that each of our participants engages fully with their chosen subject(s) at Immerse Education. By keeping class sizes small, and by learning as much as we can about you before the programme starts, we will be able to provide a personalised approach that will help you thrive – both in your academic sessions and in the workshops. Complete by 20th June.
At Immerse Education, we offer a number of different workshops to assist participants in their university applications.
Personal Statement workshops
During Immerse Education, participants will have the opportunity to develop their Personal Statement, with the expertise and assistance of the trained mentor team. Personal Statements are required for access to universities across the world.
Participants learn techniques to concisely express their interest in a particular discipline, crafting a compelling personal statement that showcases achievements and interest in a subject. The Personal Statement consultations are included within the programme fee, though attendance is optional.
If you have a draft of your Personal Statement, please feel free to submit it in advance of the workshop (by June 30th 2017 using the submission form below), or bring a copy along with you to the programme. If you don’t have a draft, that’s okay too!
Here’s a useful starting guide to writing a personal statement to UK universities through UCAS.
Subject Specific workshops
Subject specific application workshops are held for certain subjects, including Law and Medicine. You do not need to register for these workshops before the programme, and you can attend these workshops even if you are not studying the subject at Immerse Education.
Within our carefully designed interview skills workshops, students will gain an insight into the core skills required to successfully articulate their viewpoints in a pressured environment. These workshops focus upon developing the confidence and intellectual tenacity required to tackle some of the key questions that might be asked during interview. As with all workshops, you do not need to register for these workshops before the programme.
Christ’s College Porters’ Lodge: +44 1223 334900 (available 24 hours)
Sidney Sussex College Porters’ Lodge: +44 1223 3 38800 (available 24 hours)
St Catharine’s College Porters’ Lodge: +44 1223 338300 (available 24 hours)
Programme Manager: +44 20 8123 6988 (available only during programme duration)
In addition, all participants will be provided with their summer mentor’s mobile telephone number upon arrival at the programme.
All participants are advised to purchase travel insurance with medical coverage prior to the programme, and we must be made aware of any pre-existing medical conditions, disabilities or allergies through the Participant Information Form.
Medication: Any medicine brought to the programme can be given to the Programme Director on arrival. We are only able to accept responsibility for medicines which are licensed in the UK, prescribed by a doctor and which are accompanied by English translation. Such medication shall be properly stored and administrated by any authorised person who is expressly appointed to administer medicines.
Illness: In case of illness or injury, the student will see a private GP who will assess his/her condition. In cases of minor illness such as a cold, headache or sore throat, we may issue common, non-prescribed medicines such as Paracetamol, throat lozenges or cough syrup.
If the student requires urgent medical attention, staff will take him/her to the nearest local hospital for immediate care or if necessary, will telephone for an ambulance.
Emergency medical treatment: The parent authorises Immerse Education to consent on their behalf to the Student receiving emergency medical treatment including blood transfusions, general anaesthetic and operations where certified by an appropriately qualified person, as necessary for the student’s welfare, and if the parent cannot be contacted in time.
Seeing a doctor: Students from non-EU countries are not entitled to free healthcare in the UK and will therefore have to pay a fee to see a doctor. This is usually covered by your travel insurance policy, and participants should keep a copy of their policy with them.
Medical Certificates: The Parent agrees to inform Immerse Education and pay the relevant fee prior to the issue of the certificate following a visit to a doctor or hospital.
In order to provide a safe environment, and to ensure that all participants have a fantastic and memorable time on the programme, certain rules and procedures must be adhered to. These include, but are not limited to:
- All participants must return to college by 9PM in the evening. Access keys will not work after this time. All participants must be in their room by 11.00PM.
- Although Cambridge is a very small and safe city, participants must not venture outside the college alone, and must always leave in groups.
- All participants are required to attend every academic session.
- Possession of alcohol or any illegal substances is strictly prohibited by Immerse Education, and will result in immediate exclusion from the programme.
- Impolite or improper behaviour towards any other of the staff members or any other participants will not be tolerated.