Affiliate Programs

IARU Global Summer Program - Cambridge, UK

  • Summary

    Program Dates: July 9 - July 29, 2017

    The Global Summer Program (GSP) is an exciting learning experience that connects students from IARU universities with their peers from around the world. GSP participants have the unique opportunity to come together to explore and discuss critical issues in a global perspective that require multidisciplinary approaches.

    GSP courses are fun, but intense. Days are full as the classes are rigorous, requiring full-time commitment for the whole duration of the course.

    IARU universities include:

    The Australian National University
    ETH Zurich
    National University of Singapore
    Peking University
    UC Berkeley
    University of Cambridge
    University of Cape Town
    University of Copenhagen
    University of Oxford
    The University of Tokyo
    Yale University

  • Eligibility

    All applicants should send two academic references at the same time as they send their application to Cambridge. (One referee can be one of the selection committee in the home institution. At least one of the referees should have taught the applicant.)

    High academic standing in current degree, high fluency in English. For non-native English speakers, one of the following test scores: minimum 7 IELTS, with not less than 7 in each element; Cambridge CAE, minimum score A; Cambridge CPE, grade A, B or C; TOEFL internet-based (iBT), overall score 100 (with no individual element below 24). (Intending applicants should ensure they have their proof of language proficiency in advance of their nomination.)

  • Courses

    Predicting the future has been, and still is, a part of every society. Visionaries, philosophers, rulers, warmongers, astronomers, economists, businessmen, politicians and scientists all try to anticipate the future. Using specific examples from both past and present, our ‘visions of the future’ draw on beliefs, astronomy, medicine, climate change, scientific discovery, international relations and development, financial crises, disease, war and space travel. Which predictions came true? Which proved false? Debate - naturally - includes predictions about our own future. Additional plenary talks set discussions in context. Students write - and have supervisions - on related historical, philosophical or literary topics.

    For more information on the course, please visit the course page on the IARU GSP website.

  • Costs

    All tuition and program fees will be paid directly to University of Cambridge. Fees and living costs estimates are as follows:



    UK £1640 (including £200 non-refundable registration fee which should be sent on acceptance of an offer of a place by Cambridge. Remainder of UK £1440 due May 15 2017)


    Accommodation in Gonville and Caius College (bed, breakfast and evening meal): UK £1340 sterling (due May 15 2017)


    Possibly UK£30-£50

    Living Expenses






    Santander Scholarship

    IARU and Santander Universities Global Division offers scholarships to support participation in the Global Summer Program. All accepted participants of the Global Summer Program will receive a guaranteed Santander Scholarship, disbursed by UC Berkeley. The scholarship amount is determined based on a flight estimate to the student’s destination, as well as estimated tuition and accommodation expenses. Students accepted into the program will be contacted by the GSP coordinator post-acceptance regarding their scholarships. No additional application is needed to receive the scholarship.


    Scholarship Directory


    A number of scholarship awards are available to UC Berkeley students participating in GSP. View our Scholarship Directory for additional awards that you might qualify for.

  • Timeline

    Application opens

    December 12, 2016

    Application closes

    March 17, 2017

    Applicants notified of selection by

    April 7, 2017

    Applicants confirm participation in program

    April 14, 2017


    All steps GSP participants take after April 14 will be coordinated directly with their host university.