Frequently Asked Questions
How are CCIR Academy programmes different from other summer programmes?
What are the benefits of attending a CCIR programme?
Most importantly, by the end of your time at a CCIR programme, you will have completed a substantive independent research project. In certain cases, under the guidance of the mentors and our team, your research project will also be published in academic journals or presented at conferences. All our CCIR programmes award graduation certificates and in-depth evaluation reports. Finally, you will have fostered a close personal relationship with a Oxbridge faculty member from whom you can request a letter of recommendation.
What kind of experiences can I expect?
Because of the academic rigor and the small size of our programmes, we are able to deliver an experience for our students that is at once fun and academically enriching. Over the course of the programme, as students work with one another and with the faculty, they will develop relationships that will push them both personally and intellectually.
Will my mentor or TA write me a letter of recommendation?
All our students have the option of requesting letters of recommendation from their mentors. While we cannot guarantee letters of recommendation, we can say that in the past, because our admitted students are all capable and passion at, not a single student who has requested a letter of recommendation has had their request denied.
Does attending CCIR improve my chances of being accepted at top universities/graduate programmes?
Attending CCIR may improve your chances in college/graduate admissions in a number of ways. Most importantly, CCIR offers you a great opportunity to produce and possibly even publish a genuinely impressive piece of academic work. In addition, since you will be interacting intimately with your Oxbridge mentor over a long period of time, your mentor will also likely become an excellent referee for you in the admissions process.
How much work do mentors assign?
Generally speaking, our programmes consist of roughly 1-2 hours of face-to-face interaction hours per week. In addition to the class time, students will be expected to do readings and write essays. On average, including interaction hours, students are expected to devote a total of roughly 4 hours a week for their programme.
Will all the sessions be online?
All CCIR Academy programmes are conducted online with the support of multiple platforms — video conferencing, learning management systems, etc.
Where can I find tuition information?
Detailed tuition information, including merit scholarship opportunities, can be found in our programme prospectus.
What's included in my tuition
Most importantly, your tuition covers supervisions, lectures, and additional weekly one-on-one office hours (30 minutes), if requested. Additionally, your tuition covers your access to Cambridge or Oxford’s academic database (via mentor), Data collection guidance (by the mentor), academic journal submission guidance (by the mentor and CCIR Academic Team), and academic support both during the course of the programme and in the follow up (when you need to request letters and evaluations).
How can I get more information about the programme?
To get more information about our programmes, contact our academic coordinator Aiko at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re a counselor or a teacher interested in collaborating with our programme, contact Oliver, our outreach director at email@example.com.
What is the CCIR admission criteria?
What grade levels are the programmes designed for?
What if I don't have PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores yet?
We are standardized test optional in our admissions. As long as we can see your school transcripts, you’ll be fine.
What is the deadline to apply?
Can I apply for scholarships?
All applicants are automatically considered for the merited scholarships. If you face economic hardship and seek financial aid, please inform our Academic Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can make arrangements to best accommodate your situation.
How should I prepare for my interview?
We definitely don’t want you to stress over the interview. While there is an evaluative dimension to our interviews, the primary purpose of these interviews is to get a sense of what you have already known about the subject and what your academic passions are. The interviews are all very casual and conversational in style—so just be prepared to come in prepared to chat about your academic interests.
How does the programme accommodate students who live in different time zones?
What do I do if I have technical difficulties during video conferencing?
Every video conferencing session will be hosted by a CCIR operations team member. You are welcome to raise the issue through chat at any time. You can also send an email to email@example.com, which is monitored at all times during active sessions.
Will the lectures and TA sessions be recorded?
Yes. Every session will be recorded and made available after class. You can access them via an unlisted playlist on YouTube or your Learning Management System.
What kind of technology is required?
The only requirements are the Internet (Zoom or compatible browser), front-facing camera, and microphone. Some courses may require specific softwares to be installed. Your mentor and TA will do their best to help you install those softwares.
How demanding are the programmes?
How do I gather data for my projects?
Depending on your project, this may take a number of forms. Survey-based research is a definite possibility, for instance, in the social sciences. In other cases, we instead rely on existing data sets that are either open-source or that are requested from other researchers.
I am interested in science. How can I do a research project without accessing the lab?
In the age of big data, a growing amount of research in the sciences is actually conducted outside of the lab context. Large amounts of data already exist and what is needed is for researchers to mine that data for insights. Our mentors will teach you the skills and tools needed for scientific computing and data analysis.
What is the programme's approach to teaching and learning?
Our programmes ultimately all adopt a project-based learning methodology. However, the project-based methodology is supplemented by more traditional methods of lecturing and supervision wherever necessary. Worth highlighting is the supervision format of our teaching: this small group teaching style, based on critical peer-to-mentor and peer-to-peer interaction, is a Oxbridge hallmark and one that we have made central to our pedagogical methods.