Summer Vacation at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Anglia Ruskin University building in Cambridge

English lessons: 15 hours per week
Maximum class size: 15 students
Minimum English level: All levels
Ages: 14 – 17 years
Duration: 1 to 6 weeks
Availability: 30th June – 11th August 2020
Arrival day: Tuesday
Departure day: Tuesday
Accommodation: Residential
Prices: Residential programme – £960 per week


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Cambridge is the perfect place to be a student, not only because of its rich academic history, but also because the tradition of learning and academia is still an important part of its culture.

From exploring the university colleges, visiting the museums, strolling across Mathematical Bridge or trying punting for the first time, the programme gives a truly rounded look at everything the city has to offer.

In lessons, students are encouraged to draw on their existing knowledge of English and communicate freely with their international peers. Our teachers aim to create speaking opportunities, encouraging students to activate language and use it in a meaningful context.

Sample timetable

Cambridge sample timetable

Course content

With a strong emphasis on authentic communication, the summer school programme delivers stimulating, relevant and learner-focused English tuition. 15 hours of tuition are included in this programme.

Our carefully planned lessons take a communicative and task-based approach and cover a wide variety of topics.  Often, they relate directly to activities and excursions which students will join during the programme.


At Oxford Spires Language School we want our students to have FUN while learning English with us! During the summer programme, we want students to:

  • Enjoy learning English
  • Develop their learning skills
  • Improve their confidence in using English
  • Practise their English inside and outside the classroom
  • Use their English skills to meet new people and experience the UK


Our enthusiastic and dedicated staff, combined with our communicative and stimulating teaching methods, ensure that students develop and learn at a pace that suits them in a friendly and welcoming educational environment. All of our teachers are native English speakers or equivalent and hold a CELTA or equivalent teaching qualification.


At Oxford Spires, students will join classes of no more than 15 so that they are given maximum attention and opportunity to participate and enhance their learning. In-class preparation for excursions also takes place to maximise learning outside of the classroom.

Students are encouraged to speak English at all times, during and outside lessons, as consistency and practice are fundamental to language learning.

Lesson times

Lessons will take place either in the morning or the afternoon. Students will know which group they are in at the start of their first week. Morning lessons are from 9:30 to 13:00 (with a 30 minute break), and afternoon lessons are from 14:00 to 17:30 (with a 30 minute break).

NEW for 2020! Spires Plus allows students to experience English language learning in a real-life context that appeals to their interests and is relevant to them.

Spires Plus sessions are usually hands-on, project based lessons. There is a lot of group work and collaboration, and sometimes a culminating presentation or production.

The options available on this programme are:

  • Business and Leadership Skills
  • Exam Skills

Day Trips

Two full-day excursions are included in the Cambridge Summer Vacation programme, and each of the destinations offers a unique cultural and historic experience!

Examples include London, Windsor, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford. Transport and entrance fees are included, and students are advised to bring small amounts of pocket money if they wish to purchase souvenirs.

Afternoon activities

In Cambridge there are three afternoons per week with planned excursions to the city centre. The first day after arrival there will usually be a guided walking tour around the city centre.

Other weekly activities include punting on the River Cam, group games, museum visits, university college visits, and more. Entrances will always be included for scheduled visits.

Evening activities

Evening activities are included for residential programmes every evening.

Evening activities take place on or off campus, and include organised events such as movie nights, quiz nights, discos, ice skating, capture the flag, group games, ghost walks, and loads more.

Residential accommodation is available for this programme.

The residence is located on the university campus & offers single, ensuite study bedrooms for students and group leaders.

There is a common room/games room where we often spend evenings enjoying board games, video games, film nights, and quiz nights.

Meals are taken at school in the canteen.

Rooms are cleaned weekly, and bed linens are changed weekly as well. Students are advised to bring their own towels, as these are not provided.

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Student safety and welfare is a top priority for us. We want to ensure that each student is happy, healthy and safe.

There is a 24-hour emergency mobile number which is given to students and is made available to students’ families in case of emergencies.

Students are supervised at a ratio of 1:15 during lessons and at school, and 1:20 on activities and excursions. Students are accompanied by staff when walking to and from the residence, and are not allowed to leave the school or residence without a member of staff.
Homestay students travel to and from school unaccompanied.

All our staff are qualified to deliver specific aspects of our programmes and undergo staff training and orientation days to ensure all health and safety elements are covered.

At our residential accommodation options, adult members of staff also live in the residence.

30th June – 11th August 2020

Summer Vacation at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge is for students aged 14 to 17 years.

Please note that due to strict school regulations at Anglia Ruskin University, we are unable to consider applications from students who are not yet 14 years of age at the time of starting their course.

We may sometimes accept students who are slightly older than this age range, if they are travelling as part of a school group. They must have an adult chaperone (group leader) and agree to abide by all the terms of the programme.

Please contact us if you would like more information.

Residential programme – £960 per week

  • Full board residential accommodation
  • Friendly sociable common room
  • Modern single, ensuite rooms
  • Located on the university campus
  • 15 hours of tuition per week
  • Small classes of 15 students maximum
  • Placement test on arrival
  • Oxford Spires school kit including pencil case, pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, and notebook
  • All teaching materials
  • End of course certificate
  • Local transport
  • Excursions, entrances, activities and supervision
  • Three full day excursions per two-week stay
  • Friendly and supportive staff

What’s not included? 

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Insurance
  • Spending money

Residential Accommodation

  • Single, ensuite bedrooms
  • Breakfast and dinner served in the college canteen
  • Hot lunch served at school, packed lunches on excursion days
  • Sociable common room, laundry facilities
  • Free Wi-Fi on campus












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