Why Cambridge?

Spend your summer studying at the University of Cambridge, the alma mater of Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking, and Jane Goodall, to name a few. Hosted by King’s College and Pembroke College, two of the university’s 31 autonomous colleges, your summer in historic Cambridge will engage you academically and culturally.

Take course work within your field of study, or branch out and take a class in a new discipline. No matter the subject, you’ll receive direct interaction with your lecturers in small discussion-based classes. During your free time, explore beautiful parks, riverside restaurants, and prestigious museums in the charming city of Cambridge.

What You'll Study

Your six-week stay at one of the world’s oldest universities lets you experience the unique Cambridge-style learning of small class sizes with a focus on intense classroom discussion and individual feedback and support. In place of one of your courses, you can develop your research and project management skills through an optional Independent Supervision based on your academic interest. Especially recommended for students intending to pursue research or graduate studies, you will meet with a Cambridge expert weekly to work on a series of research-based papers, or a longer dissertation.


Cambridge is one of the most remarkable places in Europe with an unbroken and impressive link, dating back over 800 years, to first class education and scholarship. Its famous alumni, including Newton, Darwin, Wittgenstein, Wordsworth and Tennyson, have illuminated all branches of learning, endeavor and enterprise. Poets, politicians and philosophers have lived and worked here and continue to inspire those who follow them. The Pembroke-King’s Summer Program (PKP) provides a rare opportunity to enjoy outstanding small-group teaching in a beautiful and inspiring academic environment. PKP combines the intimacy of College life with the excitement of studying with over three hundred students from all over the world. IES Abroad staff and PKP Program Assistants, drawn from current Cambridge students, work closely with students to ensure they get the most out of their six weeks in Cambridge. It is no wonder that so many PKP students over the years have fallen in love with Cambridge, and they have a unique means of maintaining their connection through lifelong membership of the Pembroke College Circle.


You enroll in three courses from the following fields:

  • Science & Mathematics
  • Economics, Business, Finance & Management
  • Social Sciences
  • Arts & Humanities

You can replace one of your three courses with an Independent Supervision,* which allows you to research a topic of your choice under expert guidance.

*Please note that there is an additional non-refundable fee for the Independent Supervision. Once chosen and paid for, this option cannot be dropped.

Advising & Support

Even though you’re directly enrolling in one of our partner universities, we’ll be there for you whenever you need us.


Choosing and directly enrolling in courses abroad can be confusing and overwhelming. This is why we offer you pre-departure advising that’s specific to your needs. Our goal is to provide support and guidance throughout your application and enrollment process.

But our advising services don’t stop there. While you’re in London, our staff is available to help you transition into your new home.


The support services we offer IES Abroad direct enrollment students are specifically designed to help you achieve your study abroad goals as effectively and smoothly as possible. We know studying abroad is an adventure, and, at times, you may need help or just someone to talk to—that’s why our staff is there for you.

Daily Life

Outside of class, enjoy punting along the River Cam, browsing vendor stalls open daily in Market Square, and joining faculty and students for three “Formal Halls” – three-course candlelit meals in a historic college dining hall – a tradition dating back hundreds of years.

A pedestrian-friendly city, Cambridge is easily accessible on foot. You’ll live with other students in housing that is within walking distance to your classes, shopping, and public parks.

We want you to feel at home in Cambridge, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the best, most authentic study abroad experience possible.


You will participate in mandatory orientation sessions that will introduce you to your direct enrollment program, your fellow students, and your new home in Cambridge.


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Cambridge, it will feel like home.

As part of our direct enrollment services, we offer well-located, comfortable housing for all students because securing housing independently can be challenging. IES Abroad’s housing options meet our safety and security standards.

Student Residence Hall - You will live in a single bedroom and share a bathroom. Includes Internet access, cleaning service, and shared kitchen and laundry facilities. Rooms may vary in cost, size, location, amenities, and distance from classrooms. Includes 10 meals per week.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Current University of Cambridge students serve as Program Assistants (PAs) to make you feel at home and help you get to know other students. Join the PAs for film nights, outings to local cafes, classic Cambridge sports such as croquet and punting, and more. A weekly bulletin details upcoming events, so you can plan to make the most of your Cambridge experience.

Get to Know Your New City

1. Relax in the Parks

Walk the trails of Coe Fen, people watch in Christ’s Pieces, or lounge on the grass with friends at Parker’s Piece.

2. Attend the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival

Take in the Bard’s comedies and tragedies at one of the Top UK Arts Festivals hosted in the gardens of Cambridge colleges.

3. Punt on the River Cam

Whether you hire a guide or try your own hand at punting, a cruise on these iconic boats offers a beautiful tour of the town and University

4. Shop in Market Square

Open daily, vendors in Market Square invite you to taste the local and international cuisine, find the perfect souvenir, and buy fresh produce.

5. Explore Museums & Gardens

Lose track of time wandering through Fitzwilliam Museum, the Polar Museum, and Cambridge University Botanic Garden.

Cambridge Summer – Pembroke-King’s Program Application Requirements

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 3.2 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale. GPAs below 3.2 will not be considered.

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application: Applications may be considered after the published deadline on a space available basis. Please note that late applicants may be required to submit a non-refundable confirmation deposit upon acceptance in order to secure a place in the program. Please contact us with questions about applying after the deadline.

Submit the following in your MyIESabroad account after your Online Application is processed:

  • Home School Authorization: Your on-campus study abroad advisor can either complete the Home School Authorization electronically through IES Abroad’s PartnerPortal system, or by filling out the PDF form linked above. Consult your study abroad advisor to determine how they would prefer to complete your Home School Authorization.
  • Official Transcript(s) for each college/university you have attended since high school. If you have multiple transcripts, IES Abroad will average the GPAs for all colleges/universities you have attended and use that cumulative GPA when reviewing your application.
  • Academic Reference
  • Supplemental Application
  • Color Copy of valid passport photo page. Passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the program end date.
  • Professional passport-sized (2’’x 2’’) photo of yourself.
  • If English is not your native language, Cambridge requires you to submit scores from a recognized English language testing agency. Listed below are the requirements by test type.
    • IELTS: 7.0 with at least 7.0 in all sub scores
    • TOEFL*: 600 overall and 5.5 on the Test of Written English
    • IBTOEFL*: 110 overall and: Listening: 22, Reading: 24, Speaking: 25, Writing: 24
    • CAE: A or 185
    • CPE: B or 185

Please note: Final admissions decision are made by Cambridge University, not IES Abroad. Average admission decision wait time is about 3-6 weeks.

Passport & Visa Requirements:

  • A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. Visit travel.state.gov to locate U.S. passport agencies in your area.
  • U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter or study in England for the summer. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa prior to arrival. Please contact us for more information.


  • Language prerequisites: Non-native English speakers should refer to Application Requirements
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Credits: 6 credits
  • Housing: Residence Hall
  • Estimated Cost: Price TBD
  • Upcoming Program Dates: Summer 2019: July 4 - August 17
  • Upcoming Application Deadlines: Summer 2019 - February 01, 2019
Program taught in:
  • English
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