In addition to first-class fixtures against the full county teams and inter-MCCU two-day, 50 over and t20 competitions, the pick of the players from the scheme who're not signed by counties are brought together to make the MCCU Combined XI - competing in the three-day Second XI Championship.
Run by former Middlesex and England batsman Clive Radley, the best university boys are given another opportunity to impress county coaches around the country during the second half of the summer.
With 20% of all English qualified players in the county system having attended an MCCU, the scheme is a crucial part of the player pathway leading to professional cricket.
One player on show for the Combined XI in Canterbury was 19-year-old fast bowler Stuart Whittingham. Having excelled at his club side, Horsham, in the Sussex Leagues but not been given his county chance - despite being on the books at Sussex CCC - Whittingham decided to go to Loughborough University.
The MCCU scheme has offered him another chance to continue his cricket career; an opportunity that may have been lost without it.
"I'm quite a late developed and the MCCU Youth Scheme has given me a chance to go away to uni, away from my county and to hopefully come back knowing my own game a bit better," he told Lord's TV.
Leeds/Bradford MCCU batsman and the Combined XI captain Will Vanderspar added: "The whole point in going to University when you want to become a cricketer is that all paths are still open."