Space & Nanotechnology Summer School
Advanced pre-university course in Space & Nanotechnology in Cambridge colleges
Prepare for your future on the Immerse™ Space & Nanotechnology programme. Learn alongside peers from around the world, thrive through one-on-one tutorials from expert university tutors, and immerse yourself in university life in Cambridge. Welcoming ambitious and motivated students from around the world.
With modules exploring the fundamental concepts in nanoscience and nanotechnology, emerging space technologies and the history of artificial intelligence, this course offers an in-depth introduction supported by expert tutors. Examining the trends and developments in recent years, students will have the opportunity to form their opinions and gain confidence discussing these in an academic context.
This programme has been developed with Dr Yarjan Abdul Samad, PhD is a Senior Research Associate and Senior Teaching Fellow at The University of Cambridge.
Learn directly from expert academics from world-class universities
You will explore novel concepts and share ideas in small groups of like-minded and ambitious peers from around the world. In small class sizes averaging 7 students, you will be guided by expert tutors who have honed their expertise through teaching undergraduate students at world-class universities, including the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and Harvard.
Our rigorous vetting process guarantees that all participants are taught by engaging and supportive educators who are, most of all, enthusiastic about sharing their expertise to ensure our summer school teaching is of the highest quality. Immerse™ is an unrivalled academic experience.
Average class size of 7
Boost your confidence and develop key attributes in academic skills workshops
Our workshops are geared towards unlocking participants’ potential, giving them the tools to prepare for the next steps of their education and future goals. Build upon existing study skills to support future university-level learning.
These workshops explore a diverse and enriching range of topics – past examples have ranged from ‘Productivity tips’ to ’21st Century Technology Skills’. We’re sure that you’ll learn something completely new. Unlike traditional schools, Immerse allows you to learn beyond the traditional curriculum.
This programme is designed for students with at least an upper-intermediate level of English (B2). If you are unsure if you meet this requirement, please contact email@example.com.
Certificate & detailed participant evaluation
Experience Oxbridge life
Enhance key academic skills
Dr Yarjan Abdul Samad, PhD
Guest speakers from previous summers
Dr Lynda Shaw
Dr Nigel Warburton
The course helped me extend my knowledge of English Literature in a lot of different areas which I had not had the opportunity to study before and in an interesting, friendly and interactive way. I came home with a list of different books I want to read and topics I want to follow up on.
Work hard, play hard.
Action-packed social programme
Outside of lessons, we are proud to offer a busy and diverse social programme to help you get the most out of your time in Cambridge. This includes activities such as punting on the River Cam, zorb football and a murder mystery night in the college.
There are also two excursions during the programme, one day trip to visit Oxford and its constituent colleges, as well as an optional day out in London, seeing the city’s most famous landmarks as well as some free time for shopping. Those who choose not to travel to London are invited to afternoon tea in Cambridge.
Activities and excursions are run by our team of friendly mentors – whose main job is to maximise your enjoyment.
Work hard, play hard.
A unique social programme.
Experience traditional 'Formal Hall'
Formal Hall is a traditional weekly meal that takes place in every college. This is an opportunity for students to dress up, dine by candlelight in the magical surroundings of a Cambridge college’s dining hall.
As an Immerse student, you will experience formal dinner three times during your stay – once per week in Cambridge, as well as in an Oxford University college on the excursion day.
Formal hall is truly a memorable occasion, so remember to bring some smart clothes!
A unique social programme.
Live and study in a
Cambridge University College
Experience life as a Cambridge University undergraduate
All participants will be allocated to a college a few weeks before arriving, based on their dates and subject choice.
If you would like to stay in the same location as a friend/sibling – please let us know and we will do our best to arrange this, where possible.
Males and females have separate accommodation in every college, and there is wi-fi available throughout.
For more information, please visit this page.
Student Welfare & Safety
An accredited provider of academic short courses
Immerse Education is accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC), the leading mark of educational quality for the academic sector. Our accreditation with the BAC sends a positive and clear message to students and partners that they are studying with a trusted and reliable provider who has met a series of globally recognised quality assurance standards, both in terms of academic provision and student welfare.
The safety and well-being of our participants is our number one priority, and all staff undergo enhanced background checks and receive thorough safeguarding training before interacting with any students.
For more information, please visit our Pastoral Information page.
Meet some of our mentors and
Dylan has been both an Immerse Mentor and a College Manager twice! He's known for going the extra mile to make the Immerse experience exceptional.
Eliza's infectious enthusiasm - from the academic sessions to the talent show -means that she's a firm favourite amongst Immerse students.
Maia is a Cambridge University Theology student who participated in the Immerse Philosophy programme.
Murray is an enthusiastic Medicine student at Cambridge University, who is always eager to help Immerse students make the best of their experience.
Olivia studies Medicine at Cambridge and has a knack for making friends with each of her mentor 'family' - creating a home away from home.
Ore participated in Immerse as a student before joining the team whilst studying at Cambridge, relating her Immerse experience to new students.
Immerse™ Space & Nanotechnology Sample Modules
Module 1 - Nanoscience & NanotechnologyNanotechnology and nanomaterials are everywhere. In this module you will explore the different chemical properties that make up different nanomaterials, and begin to develop an understanding of how engineers can use nanomaterials for specialized functions. You will be introduced to the world of quantum engineering and new nanomaterials while exploring developments in nanoscience and how they have led to humans’ unprecedented ability to explore and manipulate atoms on a nanoscale.
Module 2 - Nanofabrication & CharacterisationThis module will allow you to explore the common analytical experimental techniques used in nanoelectronics and nanotechnology. Participants will explore optical analysis techniques such as microscopy and spectroscopies, scanning probe microscopy, X-ray and electron beam spectroscopies and electrical measurements on the nanoscale.
Module 3 - Microwave Design TechniquesStudents will be introduced to the Gigahertz frequency and form an understanding of the key technology terms in the field of microwave design techniques. This module will present an introductory look at microwave design and analysis concepts for a range of commonly used passive circuits using both microstrip lines and waveguides, including transmission lines, coupling networks, antennas and filters.
Module 4 - Industry ExcursionParticipants will have the opportunity to bring their learning to life with an industry visit. Meeting engineers who are changing the field with new technologies and researching the solutions of the future is an incredible part of the programme for the next generation of space and nanotechnology scientists.
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2023 Early Enrolment – Dates between July – August (set dates TBC)