University of Oregon

Liberal Arts and Science in Cambridge

Program Overview

The summer program in Cambridge provides you a unique opportunity to study a variety of subjects, including history, literature, medieval studies, classics, science, social science, creative writing and law in an ideal setting: the University of Cambridge, England. You will take courses offered by the University of Cambridge International Summer Programmes and live in one of the Cambridge colleges.

Academic Details

You may choose any "Programme" from the Cambridge International Summer Programmes, or any combination of Programmes for which the dates do not overlap. Options of two to six weeks are possible. Each School consists of special subject courses combined with subject-related plenary lectures, and optional enrichment lectures on a wide variety of topics.

Each special subject class is limited to a maximum of 25 students so that you can get the most out of the interaction with your teacher. All classes involve an element of participation: you will be encouraged to discuss, debate, and develop your own understanding of the issues raised in class with the guidance of your tutor. All classes are rigorous and intensive; it is expected that you will prepare well by reading materials in advance.

For more information on this specific year's offerings, please see the Cambridge Summer Programmes Website.

Note that one-week sessions are not open. GEO currently does not support regular study abroad programs with durations of less than two weeks. Therefore, the half sessions offered by certain Cambridge International Summer Programmes are not open to UO participants.

Academic Rules for UO Participants
Please note the following GEO policies for this program:

  • All UO participants must carry the full course load in Cambridge, must attend the plenary lectures as well as the subject courses, must complete all required readings for the Cambridge courses before arriving at the site. Each participant must submit formal essays for evaluation by the Cambridge faculty for at least one of the subject area classes per week of enrollment. Exception: Students who enroll in six weeks (three two-week sessions) have the option to drop one paper, writing only five total.
  • Cambridge Programme courses assessed by final essay may only be taken for a letter grade. There is no P/NP grading option for these courses. Participants will receive letter grades (A to F) for courses in which they write essays. The courses without essays will be graded as P/NP at the UO and will receive the mark of P* when students pass the program.
  • Students who fail to submit one or more essays for formal evaluation in Cambridge will receive grades of F for those courses on their UO transcripts.
  • UO students may not audit any courses in the UO Cambridge program. (Students who do not need academic credit for their participation in the Cambridge program may apply directly to Cambridge and need not write any formal essays. Such students do not need to apply through GEO for a study abroad program).
  • GEO will convert students' essay evaluations to UO grades, using the Cambridge standards for UK-to-US conversion. Grades earned will be recorded on students' UO transcripts.
  • All students who regularly attend lectures and courses in Cambridge and pass their essays will receive at least elective credit at the UO. Individual departments are responsible for deciding whether students receive major-applicable credit in their respective majors. Students majoring in medieval studies and participating in the Medieval Studies School will receive credit toward the major, under the supervision of Professor Bayless.
  • Students will generally receive three (3) UO credits for every week of study in this program.

Faculty and Staff

Martha Bayless is a faculty member in the University of Oregon Department of English and Medieval Studies Program. Professor Bayless serves as the faculty director in an advisory role. She will assist students on site, help in orientation, and arrange one or more group activities or optional excursions. Dr. Bayless’s expertise is especially useful, since she is an alumna of Cambridge herself. All courses are taught by the Cambridge International Summer Programmes faculty.

Housing Description

Accommodations vary widely in price and included amenities. You are encouraged to review the full accommodations information at the Cambridge International Programmes website. Dr. Martha Bayless will help in directing you to the best housing choices if you consult with her before filling out the form.

Application Process

Early application is advised. Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, recommendation, transcript(s) and completion of the interview process. Qualified applicants are recommended by a Study Abroad Program Coordinator. The final confirmation of participants is made by the Cambridge International Summer Programmes staff.

IMPORTANT: Application for the Cambridge Summer Programmes involves two parts. Both parts of the application are due to UO Study Abroad Programs by the GEO application deadline.

  1. Completion of the GEO application process.
  2. Completion of the Cambridge application process (please meet with the Cambridge advisor to receive a copy of the Cambridge application). This application should be submitted in person at room 333 Oregon Hall.

Additional Requirements

  • 3.25 GPA required for graduate students
  • At least three courses completed in the general discipline(s) you will study in Cambridge
  • Students who are not native English speakers will be required to show English proficiency via an IELTS or TEOFL score. Please contact Lacey Johnson (lej@uoregon.edu) for more information.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer201703/15/201707/09/201708/19/2017 (Varies 2-6 weeks)

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.