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Business summer programme

All students will take a course comprising modules crucial to the success of any business

Information about our 2021 Summer Programmes


Sunday 27 June – Saturday 24 July 2021

This summer programme gives ambitious students in the field of business the extraordinary opportunity to experience Cambridge student life in the context of a programme specifically designed for high-achieving university students.

Girton College is one of the larger constituent colleges of the University of Cambridge. Founded in 1869, Girton is a vibrant community of scholars, from all walks of life, united in their passion for learning. The College’s beautiful buildings, excellent facilities and spacious grounds are located just outside the city centre, and Girton is well known for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere – the perfect place in which to meet like-minded students from around the world.

Business Summer Programme Outline

This programme comprises of four modules, covering different cutting edge topics in business:

By the end of the course, students should have an understanding of how corporations are affected by macroeconomic conditions and how governments attempt to control the speed of economic activity. Students will have a broad understanding of agency problems in firms and corporate governance remedies devised to alleviate such problems. Students will also learn the principles of accounting and how to use them to perform company valuation. Finally, the course will develop a framework for financial analysis of firms, by evaluating some of the financial opportunities and challenges faced by firms.

This course is a comprehensive overview of organizational behaviour, and the management of this behaviour, in particular from the organizational leader perspective. We will focus on the individual in the workplace (at different levels of hierarchy), how work is structured and organized, and the management of work and change within organizations.

The fundamental focus of the course is on helping participants develop skills that will allow them to make robust strategic decisions in the face of uncertainty and complexity. By the end of the module, participants will be able to synthesize the set of concepts and frameworks you have gained to address challenging strategic management problems.

By the end of the course, students should have a broad understanding of agency problems in firms, and corporate governance remedies devised to alleviate such problems. Students will learn about the objectives of corporations, and the difference between shareholder vs. stakeholder theories of corporate governance. In relation with corporate governance, students will learn the principles of responsible investing and its implications for investors and firms. Finally, the course will discuss the case of Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global, one of the world’s largest funds promoting on responsible investing.

Evening talks

In addition to the academic course there will be a series of weekly evening lectures covering topics on Cambridge research or general interest.

Further information 

How to apply

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This summer was undoubtedly the best of my life and I would not have had it any other way.  Thank you, Cambridge, for one month full of learning, love, and fun!