CDNIS Upperschool Guidance

Summer School July 2019.

The Canadian International School Hong Kong (CDNIS) is delighted to, for the 8th 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.

UoC Summer Course 2015

What is the cost per course?

The courses are HK$7,000 per session 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?

Sessions run during the period: Saturday, July 20 – Saturday, July 27 2019 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 sessions will need to be at least 15 years of age at the start of the Summer School (date of birth before or on July 20 2004 – 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 Tutors?

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 tutors 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 HallKing’s CollegeClare CollegeHomerton CollegeMurray EdwardsGonville & Caius, Corpus Christi 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, Philosophy, 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.


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