The University of Cambridge has over 800 years old tradition of attracting the brightest minds from all around the world. Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking, Oliver Cromwell, Hugh Laurie, Francis Bacon, Ian McKellen or Alan Turing. These are just a very few alumni who came to develop their potential and fulfill their dreams at Cambridge. Would you like to do the same?
We are more than aware that the students in Czech and Slovak Republic possess great talents in various fields – whether it is the sciences, the humanities or the arts. So far as we can judge, Cambridge is one of the most inspiring, challenging and life-changing places in the world. Unfortunately, it is also extensively riddled with myths presenting the University as extremely expensive, elitist, and unreachable. None of this is true.
And as the saying goes, it is better to see something once, than to hear about it a thousand times. Thus we would like to offer you a golden opportunity to come and experience Cambridge on your own for a few days. The lectures, the supervisions, the way of life. We will cover your expenses and pair you up with one of our current students whom you will ‘shadow’ around. Eventually, we hope to spread the information about the possibility of studying at one of the world’s best universities, and to destroy the false myths. We would like to encourage more Czech and Slovak secondary school students to apply each year. The only thing that matters is your potential and willingness to work hard. If you have these, apply and experience Cambridge.
Who are we looking for
As we mentioned earlier, we are searching for the most talented and hard-working students from the Czech and Slovak secondary schools in their penultimate year. Do you have excellent grades in the subjects you would like to study at the University? Is your grades average 1,5 or below? Do you have extracurricular activities demonstrating the passion for your field of interest? Apply, persuade us that you are the right person for our project, and we can promise you an unforgettable Cambridge experience. We believe that your potential is the only thing that matters. In order to make Experience Cambridge accessible to everyone, we will cover significant part of your expenses. We hope that once you see Cambridge you will realize that it is an option for everyone. To find out more about the selection process and criteria, visit the section ‘The Project’.
Our selection process consists of two parts and takes place in Michaelmas Term (from November to December):
The electronic form
First of all, you must fill in the form on this website. The basic eligibility criteria for Experience Cambridge are as follows:
• You must be a Czech or Slovak citizen in your penultimate year at the Czech or Slovak secondary school.
• You must have excellent results in the subject you would like to pursue at the university (we will need you to provide the end of year school report from the previous academic year).
• Your grades average should be below 1.5
For the second part of the selection process, we will pick the most enthusiastic and hardworking students who will clearly demonstrate a passion for the subject they would like to study at Cambridge. For example, the extracurricular activities (e.g. various olympiads, success in competitions, participation in student councils, youth exchanges, etc.) are a great way to do so.
The interviews will take place in November via Skype with one of our project coordinators. They will be carried out in English. Our main goal will be to get to know you, to learn more about your academic as well as non-academic achievements and your motivation. You have nothing to worry about, just persuade us that you truly are passionate about the area of your interest. All of the interviewees will be informed about the results no later than by the 1st of December.
What to expect once you are in Cambridge
Simply put, four days and three nights in one of the most inspiring places in the world during the Lent term (sometime between January and March). A few weeks before your trip, we will put you in touch with the student who will be hosting you and will be your mentor during your stay. This student will be reading the subject of your interest (or similar). He or she will help you with the logistics of planning your trip and will meet you once you arrive in Cambridge. During your time at the University, we will cover your meals and provide the accommodation for you. Moreover, you will see the colleges, the departments, the libraries, and the museums. You will attend the lectures and experience formal halls (yes, they look like from the Harry Potter movies and students wear long black gowns). You will meet not only the members of our Czech and Slovak community, but also the brightest minds from all around the world. And if you are lucky, you may run into Stephen Hawking!
“It is a denial of the divinity within us to doubt our potential and our possibilities.”
― James E. Faust
The electronic applications for the academic year 2016/2017 are open from the 1st of November 2016 until the 15th of November 2016. We have four places available – two for the students from the Czech Republic and two for the students from Slovakia.
Simona Blašková is an undergraduate student of Politics and International relations (HSPS) at the University of Cambridge and the project coordinator for Slovakia.
Martin Výška is a PhD student in Applied Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and the project coordinator for Czech Republic. He is also responsible for this website, so address your comments or complaints to him.
You can find all our mentors and information about them here.
Partners and Sponsors
We are very proud to introduce the patrons of our project.
HE Libor Sečka
The Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United Kingdom.
HE Ľubomír Rehák
The Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the United Kingdom.
Our Sponsors and Partners