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Summer School in the English Lake District


Located in the heart of the Lake District National Park, the University of Cumbria in Ambleside offers a quality summer program in an idyllic setting on the shores of Lake Windermere. The Ambleside campus is the former location of Charlotte Mason’s world-renowned teacher training centre, founded in 1891, it is located in the landscape that has inspired the writers and poets Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin, William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. We have excellent facilities and an experienced teaching team who are passionate about their subjects. The Lake District is a perfect summer school location.

A series of location-relevant guest lectures will be included in the program. These will give you the opportunity to learn about something new which may or may not be related to your chosen subject option. Possible subject areas may include: Mountain rescue, William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, Cultural landscapes.

City, Country 

Ambleside, U.K.




Summer 2014 Dates:

Departure Date from U.S.: Thursday, July 17, 2014 ---Arrive in U.K. Friday, July 18th, 2014
Departure Date from University of Cumbria: Friday, August 8th, 2014


2.5 GPA, Must be second semester sophomore or higher

Application Deadline


Summer Admission: March 15, 2014

To apply, please complete and submit to SUNY Cortland:

  1. SUNY Study Abroad Application
  2. University of Cumbria's Lakeland Summer School Application Complete sections #1,3,4,5
  3. Copy of Passport Biographical page.

The Course Approval Form (due May 1st) is to be submitted by SUNY Cortland students only. Non-Cortland students must speak with their home campus study abroad office for information on the course approval process.

Non-Cortland students must return completed Judicial Review and Code of Conduct forms.

Travel Information

Flight booked by participant.
Students will be given specific flight information after the application deadline.
Students are encouraged to book and travel with other participants.

Program Costs

Summer 2014 Budget **Tentative and Subject to Change**

Accepted students will receive an updated budget as a part of their acceptance packet.

Program Course Information

The University of Cumbria's Lakeland Summer School is a 3 week- 3 credit program which includes guest lectures and excursions to some of the Britain's best-loved tourist destinations. You will visit local sites of interest in and around the Lake District as well as visiting Chester, Edinburgh, and a weekend visit to London!

Course Options: English Literature in the Lake District, Transatlantic Politics, Outdoor Education, History: Roman Britain
Please go to Course Descriptions for more information.

Ambleside is a small town in North-west England, as a popular tourist destination it is bustling with people of all ages. What makes Ambleside a great place to stay is that it's in the heart of the Lake District, which means you will have some of the gorgeous wonders of nature on your doorstep. If your idea of a good time is watching the sunset over a lake, feeling the spray of a 70-foot waterfall on your face or riding a mountain bike down something tall and craggy, then Ambleside is the place to be.
After getting your fill of fresh air and the great outdoors, you can stroll back into the small town and visit one of the many restaurants, cafés or bars for a fun night out.

Accommodation You will stay in student accommodation in Ambleside, on a self-catering basis. The halls are located a short walk from the campus close to the town centre. You will have your own study bedroom, shower-rooms and kitchen facilities will be on a shared basis.
Host Website

Lake District Summer Studies

Ambleside Campus Video

Program Advisor

Contact Gonda Gebhardt, SUNY Cortland Study Abroad Advisor, for any questions you may have.