Language-Based Humanities Residential 14th-16th August 2017

Applications for this event are now closed – students will be notified as soon as possible, and by Wednesday 19th July at the latest as to the outcome of their application.

This residential will cover a broad range of humanities subjects which use the knowledge and skills gained from studying languages. It is ideal for students interested in studying the following (and related) subjects at Cambridge or other top universities: Modern and Medieval Languages, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Linguistics, Classics, Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic. Whether you’ve already decided what to study at university, or you haven’t yet made up your mind, this residential will give you the chance to explore your interests, and try new subjects you might not be familiar with. The programme will run from Monday 14th August until Wednesday 16th August, during which time you’ll attend lectures and classes, taught by Cambridge academics, in a wide variety of different language-based subjects.

Sample academic sessions:
-Classics: People Power For Real – the Democracy of Classical Athens
-Linguistics: Does Being Bilingual Make You Smarter?
-Chinese: Literature and Modernity – An Overview of the Chinese Experience
-German: The German Language, Past and Present
-Russian: The Russian Alphabet – Learning A New Language at University

You’ll get the chance to meet current fellows and undergraduates, and gain a fantastic insight into what it’s like to study a humanities subject at Trinity. Our humanities residential is well-established, and many of the students who attend go on to study these subjects at top universities, including Cambridge.  Attendees will also have the chance to explore the city of Cambridge, and take part in a range of social activities. The residential is free of charge, including accommodation and food costs and there are funds available to cover travel expenses to and from Cambridge.

Eligibility and Selection

All of our residentials are open to students at UK schools who will be aged 16 or over by the first day of the residential. There are 45 places available on this residential, and we anticipate being over-subscribed, so unfortunately we cannot offer a place to every applicant.

Applicants will be assessed based on their academic record, their commitment to exploring their subject at a higher level, and their teacher’s reference. Trinity’s residentials form a significant part of the college’s widening participation programme. Therefore we are particularly keen to identify students with little or no family tradition of higher education, those whose schools don’t send many applicants to Cambridge, and students who’ve spent any time in care.

If selected to attend, applicants will be sent a confirmation form and a code of conduct, which they must print and have signed by a parent/guardian before returning it by post to Trinity College. This is to confirm that they have permission to attend the Residential in Cambridge.

For the Language-based Humanities Residential, there are no specific A level (or equivalent qualification) subject requirements. We anticipate that a significant proportion of the attendees of the residential will be studying a foreign language at A level or equivalent – however this is not necessary. There will be optional language-specific sessions available, and all students will have the opportunity to try ‘taster’ sessions in languages they haven’t studied before e.g. Chinese.


“The residential made me feel more confident about my ability in the subjects I was applying for, and helped me to come to the conclusion that applying to Oxbridge could possibly be the right choice for me.” (Zara from London, Languages Residential 2016).

“The residential allowed me to see what Cambridge was really like in person, and gave me a taste of college life. I loved being able to see the surrounding town as I didn’t realise there was so much to see and do, in terms of entertainment and facilities for students. The lectures were essential in experiencing what studying a languages-related course would be like, and it gave me an insight into courses I hadn’t previously considered studying.” (Tom, Languages Residential 2016).

“I really enjoyed the residential – it made me feel much more confident and excited about my eventual move into university, as everyone was so welcoming and friendly! I also feel I gained a much greater understanding into the teaching style at Cambridge.” (Holly, Languages Residential 2016).

“Before attending the residential, I knew that I wanted to study languages, but was unsure of whether to apply to Cambridge, as I had absolutely no idea what it would be like, and didn’t know much about the city itself. At the residential, everyone was so helpful and encouraging, and the college had such a nice atmosphere, that I decided I would apply.” (Joshua, Languages Residential 2016)

“It was a wonderful opportunity to stay in Cambridge and talk to current students – who were so friendly – and to meet other people in my year group who were interested in similar subjects as me was so lovely! It was also good to have lectures in a range of subjects, even though I’m pretty set on which languages to do – for example, I’d never learnt about Classics or Chinese before, and it was a really relaxed way to try it out, without having to do any essays, or work! Thank you! (Libby, Languages Residential 2016).