Cambridge Summer School FAQ's
What are the academic requirements for admission?
All of our courses are conducted in English so in order to get the most from the programme we expect our students to have an intermediate English language level, both spoken and written.
Are you a language school?
No, but there is a focus on improving your academic English throughout the course and a study skills programme. You will be encouraged to speak English for the duration of your time with The Granta Academy for the purpose of developing your language abilities.
Are you accredited?
Yes, we are accredited by the British Accreditation Council for educational excellence.
Are the courses for international students or students in the UK?
Both. We welcome students in the UK and international students who would like to experience life as an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge. You will meet people from all over the world, just like you do at the University of Cambridge itself.
Do you cater for special dietary requirements?
We cater for all dietary requirements (health and religious). Please notify us as soon as possible so that we can accommodate your needs.
Do you arrange visas for international students?
We are accredited by the British Accreditation Council which means we can provide you with an invitation letter to apply for a short-term study visa, however, we can’t apply for visas for you. For all visa requirements, please go to the UK Visa Government website. Check here to see if you need a short-term study visa to attend our programme. Should you have any further queries please contact us.
Are you officially affiliated with the University of Cambridge?
All of our teachers are Cambridge trained academics and we contract with the University of Cambridge for use of its accommodation and classrooms, however, we are not endorsed by or part of the University of Cambridge.
Should I take out travel insurance?
As with any trip, we strongly recommend that you take out the medical and travel insurance that you feel necessary for the duration of the course.
Should I bring a laptop?
We recommend that students bring a laptop or portable device for classwork and assignments.
How do I apply for a place?
1:1 Tuition FAQ's
How is the online tuition structured?
When you select a package and subject, we pair you with one of our tutors. We will reach out to you with this information, and then encourage you and your tutor to set up regular hourly meetings. Our students and tutors typically meet 1-3 times per week. The one-on-one format allows for flexibility in the schedule; if you cannot meet at your regular time for whatever reason, you can give your tutor advanced warning and work out a make-up time.
How many hours of instruction will I get?
This will depend upon the package that you purchase; there are 10, 20 and 30-hour options.
What will my instruction hours comprise?
The hours included in your package will be used to enhance your understanding and mastery of your chosen topic. The format of your tuition classes will vary from instructor to instructor, however all of our packages include the following:
- Content-specific lectures
- Independent project guidance
- Personalized feedback
- University preparation counselling
Who will be teaching me?
You will be paired with a tutor who is either a graduate of or current student and/or teacher at the University of Cambridge.
Will I be learning alongside other students?
No. Our virtual tuition is one-on-one. This means that you will be paired with an instructor who is entirely dedicated to working with you, and only you.
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