Summer School July 2018 Registration – is now closed.
The Canadian International School Hong Kong (CDNIS) is delighted to, for the 7th year, welcome academic staff from the University of Cambridge to teach at our ever-popular Summer School on the school campus in Aberdeen, Hong Kong. The Summer School, open to the public, will convene for one week during the summer break and will bring several current University of Cambridge academic staff to Hong Kong to teach a wide range of courses at a near 1st Year University of Cambridge level. The CDNIS Campus, where all courses will run, is accessible via the MTR South Line – using Wong Chuk Hang MTR station – and is a 10-minute walk. Please note there is no parking available at the campus.
Will this course prepare me for Cambridge?
Though not a stated aim of this programme (to “prepare students for Cambridge”), we are pleased to advise that many of our former students have been successful in subsequent applications to the University of Cambridge and other highly selective, research-intensive universities. Exposure to the discourse and ideas of high-level academics can have a profound impact on the development of students – the physical location of this exposure is less important. Students and interested parents will be invited to a subsequent admissions talk, given by an academic from the University of Cambridge and will be held at CDNIS in the autumn.
What is the cost per course?
The courses are HK$7,000 per course and each will have 15 hours of contact time and are capped at 20 students (HK$467 per hour with a real Cambridge Academic!).
When do the courses run?
Courses run during the period: Saturday 21st July 2018 – Saturday 28th July 2018 in three sessions. Please note that due to previous popular demand a few courses may repeat over the 3 sessions; please do not register for the same course twice as this would be a repeat of the material and will also prevent other students from accessing these very popular courses.
Are there any Entry Requirements?
Students enrolling on courses will need to be at least 15 years of age at the start of the Summer School (date of birth before or on 21st July 2003 – please note this is a recommended requirement). These courses are designed to be highly challenging and stretching for all students and thus this age restriction imposed by Cambridge. Opportunities for students of a younger age will be available here. Any student/parent that enrols under the age requirement does so understanding that the recommendation from the Summer School is that these courses are only suitable for students above this age and that you accept that the material may be challenging in the extreme for you/him/her. Please note that all instruction is in English (unless otherwise stated) and so a strong ability in academic English is required.
Who are the Professors?
All of the teaching staff for the Cambridge Summer School are current and active academic staff employed by the University of Cambridge. They have a huge range of experience, have published many academic papers and have keen academic interests. You can see the biographies of each of the professors by clicking on the individual course links and seeing their Bios at the very top of the page. We are pleased that we have professors from the following University of Cambridge Colleges: Trinity Hall, King’s College, Clare College, Homerton College, Murray Edwards, Gonville & Caius and Downing College.
What are the main Academic Areas?
The courses on offer cover a wide range of subject areas and several cross academic boundaries and would have appeal to students from a broad range of interests. The main academic areas covered this year include; Chemistry, Psychology, Medicine, Law, Economics, Mathematics, English Literature, French, Philosophy, Italian, Physics, and Art History. There are also some general skills/interest courses which would be suitable for students from any discipline looking to improve their academic skills.
Meet Students from other Schools
In 2017 we had enrolments from a wide range of schools from across Hong Kong and the world. Here is a list of schools that had students participating in 2017 – we hope we will welcome a similar range in 2018.
So far in 2018, we have a number of students each enrolled from:
American International School (HK)
Australian International School HK
Canadian International School of Hong Kong
Cardiff Sixth Form College (UK)
Christian Alliance International School (HK)
Concord College (UK)
Creative Secondary School (HK)
Chinese International School (HK)
Delia School HK
Discovery College (HK)
Diocesan Girls’ School (HK)
German Swiss International School (HK)
Good Hope School (HK)
Harrow International School Hong Kong
Heep Yunn School (HK)
International Christian School (HK)
Island School (HK)
Kellett School (HK)
Kiangsu & Chekiang International Section (HK)
King George V School (HK)
Lancing College (UK)
Li Po Chun United World College (HK)
Malvern St. James Girl’s School (UK)
Pui Ching Middle School (HK)
Reading School (UK)
Renaissance College Hong Kong
Singapore International School HK
Sha Tin College (HK)
St Paul’s Co-educational College (HK)
St Mary’s Canossian College (HK)
St Stephen’s College (HK)
Tonbridge School (UK)
True Light Middle School of Hong Kong
United Christian College (Kowloon East)
Victoria Shanghai Academy (HK)
Wellington College, UK
West Island School (HK)
Winchester College, UK
Whitgift School, UK
Yew Chung International School (HK)
YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College
When a course fills up:
Inevitably, some of the courses are quite popular and will fill up. To avoid confusion we will close a course to enrolments once they reach 20 registrations. In some cases, applicants do not complete the registration process and in those cases, we will re-open a course to registrations. If you wish to register for a course that is full please email the Summer School Principal and he will be able to add your name to a notification list and you will then get an email if a full course re-opens for registrations.
Course Offerings for July 2018
Session 1 is now closed for enrolments.
Energy and Momentum – Dr John Biggins – Physical Natural Sciences, Physics, Mathematics or Engineering – Course is now over 50% full
How to Critically Read and Analyse Texts and Images – Dr Rodrigo Cacho – All disciplines – Course is now over 50% full
The Meaning of Science – Dr Ali Boyle – Philosophy, PPE, or History & Philosophy of Science. It may also be of interest to students considering Natural Sciences
How to Speak Well in Public – Dr Timothy Chesters – All disciplines
How to Write Your Best Essay – Dr Ewan Jones – All disciplines – 4 places left
International Human Rights Law – Dr Stuart Wallace – Law, Ethics, Philosophy, Politics – 5 places left
Build your own Solar Cell – Dr Emilie Ringe – Engineering, Applied Physics, Electronics, Chemistry – Course is now over 50% full
The Economic History of China and Japan in the Interwar Period – Dr Cristiano Ristuccia – PPE, Economics, Business, Liberal Arts
The Common Law of Torts – Odette Murray – Law, Ethics, Philosophy, Politics – Course Full
A hot buffet lunch will be provided by the school for all students and staff enrolled in Session 1. There is no additional cost for this meal.
Session 2 is now closed for enrolments.
Knowledge, Belief & Rationality – Dr Ali Boyle – IB Theory of Knowledge, Philosophy, PPE or History & Philosophy of Science
The Energy of Life – Dr Andrew Murray – Medicine, Medical Microbiology, Natural Sciences, Health Sciences – Course Full
Paris: A Cultural History – Dr Timothy Chesters – French, Modern European Languages, Philosophy
Sustainable Energy – Dr John Biggins – Physical Natural Sciences, Physics, Engineering, Mathematics
How to Critically Read and Analyse Texts and Images – Dr Rodrigo Cacho – All disciplines
Introduction to Western Philosophy – Dr Aline Guillermet – PPE, HSPS, Philosophy, Theory of Knowledge
The Great East/West Economic Divergence – Dr Cristiano Ristuccia – PPE, Economics, Business, Liberal Arts – 5 places left
A First Look at Calculus – Prof Tom Korner – Mathematics, Physics, Natural Sciences, Engineering
An Introduction to English Literature: From Shakespeare to Modernism – Dr Ewan Jones – English Literature
The Material World – Dr Emilie Ringe – Natural Sciences, Engineering, Applied Physics, Chemistry – Course is now over 50% full
International Human Rights Law – Dr Stuart Wallace – Law, Ethics, Philosophy, Politics – Course is now over 50% full
Key Skills for Law Students – Mock Trial– Odette Murray – Law, Regulation
A hot buffet lunch will be provided by the school for all students and staff enrolled in both Session 2 and 3. There is no additional cost for this meal. Students only enrolled in a single session will not have lunch provided.
Session 3 is now closed for enrolments.
Mind, Brain & Behaviour – Dr Ali Boyle – Philosophy, Psychology, PPE, History & Philosophy of Science or PBS – Course Full
The Great Depression in the US – Dr Cristiano Ristuccia – PPE, Economics, Business, Politics, Finance – Course is now 50% full
A Taste of Medicine – Dr Andrew Murray – Medicine, Medical Science, Health Care, Bio-Chemistry, Natural Sciences – Course Full
How to Speak Well in Public – Dr Timothy Chesters – All disciplines – Course is now over 50% full
How to Write Your Best Essay – Dr Ewan Jones – All disciplines – Course is now 50% full
Special Relativity – Dr John Biggins – Physical Natural Sciences, Physics, Engineering
Introduction to the History of Art – Dr Aline Guillermet – History of Art, Art Theory, and Visual Culture
An Introduction to Algorithms – Prof Tom Korner – Mathematics, Physics, Natural Sciences, Economics, Banking, Finance, Engineering
UK Constitutional Law – Dr Stuart Wallace – Law, Ethics, History, Regulation, UK Law
Literature, Cultures and Classics – Dr Rodrigo Cacho – Modern Languages, Romance Languages, Literature, Classics, History, English and other combinations of subjects across the Arts, Humanities and Social Science – Course is now 50% full
Nanotechnology and Nanoengineering: How small made it big – Dr Emilie Ringe – Natural Sciences, Engineering, Applied Physics, Chemistry – Course is now over 50% full
Introduction to Public International Law – Odette Murray – Law, Ethics, Politics, Regulation – Course Full
A hot buffet lunch will be provided by the school for all students and staff enrolled in Session 1. We will also provide lunch for students enrolled in both Session 2 and 3. There is no additional cost for this meal. Students only enrolled in a single session (other than Session 1) will not have lunch provided.
Registering for Courses.
Registation is now closed.
Please note that it is only possible to register for one course in each session above. Registering for courses means you agree with the processes, terms and conditions below.
1. Register for courses using a Google Form (Registration not available at this time) and providing requested information
2. Hit submit on the registration form (you will receive a pop-up confirmation)
3. Submit a cheque, as detailed below, for the full amount to reach CDNIS within 7 days of registration
Allocation of Places.
These courses are highly sought after and we seek to allocate spaces as fairly as is possible – inevitably there will be some disappointed applicants. All registrations are time stamped upon submission and places on courses will be allocated strictly on a “first come first served“ policy. Each course has a maximum limit of 20 students and this can only be exceeded at the request of the academic staff member teaching the course and will only be permitted to a limit of 2 extra students per course (please do not contact us requesting we exceed the limit of 20, the extra spaces that may be allocated will be strictly for the use of the University of Cambridge for scholarship/competition winners) .
Students are not able to sign up for repeating courses (example How to write your best essay in Session 2 AND How to write your best essay in Session 3 – these courses are identical) as this will prevent other students from accessing these popular courses.
The wait-list is enabled when a course reaches the maximum number of registrations. There may be a delay in the activation and so a small number of applicants may not initially be registered on the course they chose and will be advised, by email, that they are on the wait-list for a course. Students who are placed on a wait-list will be informed by email and can either opt for another course, stay on the waitlist or have a refund of that course payment.
Registration must be completed within 7 working days by submitting a cheque, made payable to “Canadian International School Hong Kong”, for the full sum of all the courses registered for (1 course = HK$7,000, 2 courses = HK$14,000, 3 courses = HK$21,000). If full payment is not made within 7 days then the place(s) registered will be offered to the next in line.
Please submit cheques, with the full name and HK/Passport ID number of the enrolling student, the course name(s) and a contact number written on the reverse to the following address:
The Activities Office,
Canadian International School of Hong Kong,
36 Nam Long Shan Road,
If you have any queries regarding payments please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the details of the courses applied for and the name of the applicant.
Once full payment has been received then an email confirmation will be sent to the registered email addresses provided confirming the place(s). Should any course be full then a place may be offered on a wait-list or an alternative course can be selected. Should there not be a suitable alternative course available then a refund will be offered or the cheque destroyed upon agreement.
Please note that refunds can only be offered in the case that the course is cancelled, or that a place is not available at enrolment. In the case of inclement weather or academic staff illness efforts will be made to reschedule the course on the 23rd or 29th of July. In all other situations, a refund can only be given at the discretion of the Head of School of Canadian International School of Hong Kong.
For enquiries regarding the courses please send emails to the Summer School Principal – Rob Aldridge.