A COLLEGE FOR ALL SEASONS
The UK is always a popular destination when it comes to learning English, and Cambridge is renowned for its prestigious university and unique traditions making it one of the best locations for foreign students. Each year, more and more overseas students decide to study abroad and they tend to opt for a summer school. However, there is a growing trend for students now looking at winter and spring programme options in a wide variety of subjects.
The Fitz Events Team work closely with a number of established summer school organisations, many of which are now running winter and spring schools at Fitzwilliam.
Encouraged by the success of the previous summer school, the same team of teachers masterminded a Residential Russian Spring Weekend, which was held at Fitzwilliam College on 29 to 31 March 2019. The idea was to explore a new, unique format – and learn Russian in special-interest groups, in the format of workshops. This was targeted at advanced and higher intermediate students, and the topics for workshops included Cuisine and Leisure, Prose and Difficulties of Translation, Visual Arts, History and Current Affairs and Poetry.
Students had an opportunity to practise their newly acquired (or developed) knowledge and skills through role play, debates, and team work – for example pretending to be interpreters at a journalist forum or as translators of a poem, guides in an art museum, or chefs in a Russian restaurant!
There was also a talk, a quiz night, and a final show, where teams presented their projects in a fun and entertaining way.
Participants have found this format very inspiring and productive.
Tanya Yurasova, Independent Teacher of Russian in collaboration with The Cambridge Russian-Speaking Society, Cambridge
Our winter school group enjoyed their stay in Fitzwilliam College this January. Students received a warm welcome on arrival and were showed around the beautiful college, which was very much appreciated. Our winter courses went on smoothly in the spacious and modern classroom. College staff were very friendly and helpful. Many thanks to the conference and events team!
Zhang Shaoqin, First UK Education and Tourism Limited, Cambridge
On Friday 8 February, a group of 100 Chinese undergraduate students came to Fitzwilliam College for one week of academic enrichment. The students were from all over China, but mainly hailed from Peking University in Beijing, Fudan University in Shanghai, and Guangzhou Normal University. Their majors ranged from Engineering and Chemistry, to Creative Writing and History of Art. At Fitz, they assimilated into student life by attending a variety of seminars, lectures, and workshops focussed on preparation for postgraduate study in the UK. The students really loved being at Fitzwilliam College as they had the opportunity to spend time with Fitz students while enjoying the wide array of college facilities.
Alexandra Hamilton, Group Business Manager, Bucksmore Education, London
Select English is a family-owned private language school in Cambridge. It has been running English Language courses at Fitzwilliam College for more than 20 years, both in spring and in summer.
Mervyn Martin, Managing Director of Select English in Cambridge, said: “Our groups at the College were initially Japanese students from the north of Japan. They were elated that they could come and study at a University of Cambridge college for two weeks. This group came for several years in succession and so we were able to build up a close relationship with the College.
“Since that time we have worked with the College on multinational and closed group courses, mainly in the summer. The multinational students were attracted to the College by its architecture and its continually improving accommodation – as well as the friendly atmosphere. For Japanese students everything is very different from their culture and they revel in those parts of academic and cultural life that they are able to take part in. Their course always ends with the school song, sung in school uniform with a Japanese student conducting and another playing the piano. We’ve found that Japanese people really enjoy ceremonies.
“Select English values greatly the helpful and flexible relationship we have been able to build with the Fitz Events Office and hopes that it will continue for a good many years still to come.”
Mervyn Martin, Managing Director, Select English - Cambridge