Cambridge Summer – Pembroke-King’s Program


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Program Description


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, this program will engage you academically and culturally during your time in historic 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.

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.


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 will enroll in three courses from the following fields:

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

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.

Advising & Support

In a direct enrollment program, you are enrolled as a full-time student at one of our international partner institutions. Even though your local host institution is where you’ll take your classes, we’re still here to fully support you.


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

On-Site Staff

As an IES Abroad student directly enrolled at a local British university, you have access to the IES Abroad London Center and staff who are specifically dedicated to your needs. Our on-site staff work with you and your local institution to answer any questions about academic requirements, housing, or well-being and safety.


Our support services for direct enrollment students are specifically designed to help you achieve your study abroad goals. 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.

Field Trips & Events

The current University of Cambridge students serve as Programme Assistants (PAs) and organize a wide variety of activities in and around Cambridge. Previous field trips outside of Cambridge have included London (a 50-minute train ride away), Ely (known for its 11th century Norman cathedral), and hiking in Milton Country Park.

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Cambridge is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services.


You will participate in a short pre-program orientation with IES Abroad in addition to an orientation by the University of Cambridge introducing you to the city and program.


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 residence hall with a single bedroom and shared bathrooms. 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

The current University of Cambridge students serve as Programme 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.


Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Summer 2020

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2020 $5500 $3,360 $135 $8,995

Our Center

The IES Abroad London Center, situated in the central London neighborhood of Bloomsbury, is a two-minute walk from the British Museum.

Features include:

  • 18th-century Georgian building
  • Classrooms
  • Library resources
  • Wireless Internet
  • Printing facilities
  • Outdoor patio
  • Staff offices
  • Student lounge
  • Gender-neutral bathrooms

The IES Abroad London Center is recognized by The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) for meeting or exceeding UK expectations as a quality higher education provider.

Last updated November 2019

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