University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is situated in a stunningly beautiful city on the River Cam in eastern England and has provided university instruction for 800 years. Cambridge has become a leading world-class institution and a center of international learning. Cambridge enrolls around 19,000 students, about 12,000 of whom are undergraduates.

Summer Option:

For detailed information about studying at Cambridge during the summer, visit the Cambridge website.

A two-week course will provide 3 JMU credits and a four-week course will provide 6 JMU credits. JMU students will work with the Program Director, to arrange for appropriate JMU credit.

Fees vary by program, and include tuition, room and two meals per day. Coming soon! 

Last year’s application deadline was late spring and it varied by program. If you’re interested in studying in Cambridge this upcoming summer, you should meet with Sara Hodges in January to talk seriously about the application and coursework. The director is the main point person to answer questions from the JMU side. The upcoming summer’s courses should be posted by December so be sure to keep an eye open for that posting.

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The application for admission to Cambridge has a number of parts, all of which must be received by the Center for Global Engagement (CGE) before your application can be processed. Please make certain that you have completed all steps in this application process.

A completed Study At Oxford, Cambridge and St. Andrews Program application consists of the following components as listed below:

  • JMU Study at Oxford, Cambridge and St. Andrews Application.
  • Official school transcript.
  • "Statement of Purpose" essay indicating the reasons for choosing this program and how the choices of courses, program structure, city or country relate to your past, present and future academic, career and personal goals (i.e., How do you think you will benefit from the experience?).
  • One letter of recommendation from a current or former instructor or from your academic advisor, attached or emailed to
  • Cambridge Application for Summer Program.

Applications are collected throughout the academic year beginning on the first day of fall semester classes in August for the upcoming open terms. Your application will be processed after the following deadline:

  • March 1 of the year you intend to study abroad.

If the application deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday, applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on the next business day.

Applications received after these deadlines will be considered on a space-available basis.


The application is submitted online and prompts will guide you to complete all required items.

Financial Aid

JMU allows financial aid to be applied on Study At Oxford, Cambridge and St. Andrews Programs subject to the standard restrictions. For more information, please contact JMU's Financial Aid Office. 


Acceptance into a Study At Oxford, Cambridge and St. Andrews program is comprised of three stages:

  1. Admission is based on your general suitability for Study Abroad and will be considered based on a combination of factors:
    • Your most recent cumulative GPA.
    • Academic background in your proposed field of study.
    • Professor's recommendations (if applicable to your program).
    • Essay and other application materials (if applicable to your program).
    • Class level or seniority.
  1. You will be informed of the admission decision by the posted notification dates. You will be notified by email of your acceptance status by an official letter from the Center for Global Engagement (CGE). Letters are posted in your online application. Please note that although you may receive informal communication from your program director regarding the status of your acceptance, your admission to the program is not official until you receive the acceptance notice from the CGE. Acceptance is contingent on maintaining the minimum GPA required for the program and on review of your record with Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and University Business Office.

  2. Oxford University, Cambridge University or University of St. Andrews will process each application recommended by JMU. Notification from the host institution will be distributed to the CGE and shared with each candidate.

If you wish to participate, you will be required to electronically sign the Statement of Intent to Participate to accept the terms of the program and secure your place. This form must be completed by the deposit deadline stated in the official acceptance letter. The deposit payment receipt information must be received for the non-refundable deposit of $750. This deposit will be applied to the program fee charged by JMU. A $250 External Program fee is required, which is not part of the program fee.

If at any time you wish to withdraw from the program, you must inform the Center for Global Engagement (CGE), not the program faculty director. The CGE will not accept verbal cancellations in person or by phone; official notification of withdrawal should be made in writing or by e-mail. Otherwise, you will continue to receive bills and be responsible for payment of the tuition and course fees and/or instructional fees and study abroad program expenses. Please note that we cannot refund your deposit if you choose to withdraw after accepting your place in the program. However, if your application is not approved by St. Andrews, Oxford or Cambridge, the deposit will be refunded as a credit on your student account.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact CGE at 540-568-6419 or send an email to

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