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Lifelong Learning Programme Outline

A programme specifically designed for adult learners from around the world

Information on out 2021 lifelong learning summer school will be available from 1 December 2020.


Sunday 16 August – Saturday 29 August 2020

This residential summer school gives lifelong learners the extraordinary opportunity to experience something of Cambridge student life in the context of a programme specifically designed for adult learners from around the world.

Girton College is one of the larger constituent colleges of the University of Cambridge, and its beautiful buildings, excellent facilities, including a gym and indoor swimming pool, and spacious grounds are located just outside the city centre.  Ultimately Girton is a wonderful place in which to meet other lifelong learners in comfortable surroundings and as part of a friendly community.

Choose to attend the full two-week programme, or opt to attend for just one week (Sunday 16 August – Saturday 22 August, or Sunday 23 August – Saturday 29 August).

Participants take two academic courses per week:

Courses offered in the first week
Courses offered in the second week

Evening Talks

In addition to the academic courses on offer, a series of evening lectures are also provided to help participants learn more about Cambridge and the research that is going on in the University.

In summer 2019 these lectures included:

  • Dr Amy Donovan on extreme volcanoes
  • Dr Caroline Shenton on a thousand years of the British Parliament
  • Dr Ben Outhwaite on the University of Cambridge’s Genizah Collection
  • Dr Hazel Mills on the history of Girton College
  • Dr Ewan St John Smith on the peculiarities of the naked mole-rat and what we can learn from them.

Further information 

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please contact the Summer Programmes Department

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