The Cambridge Prep Experience

Grades 8-9

Peterhouse
University of Cambridge

Full Program: July 9 – August 5, 2022
Session I: July 9 – July 22, 2022
Session II: July 23 – August 5, 2022

Tuition: $10,395 (Full Program) or $5,995 (One Session)

Enrollment for 2022 programs coming soon.

We encourage you to explore our other programs, including The Oxford Prep Experience and our Oxbridge Online Academy.

Current 8th and 9th graders seeking a two-week experience in England may additionally have the option to join The Cambridge Tradition in 2021. Please contact our Office of Admissions for additional details.

The Cambridge Prep Experience for 8th and 9th grade students is housed in Peterhouse, the oldest college in Cambridge, founded by Hugo de Balsham, in 1284. Cambridge Prep students choose one subject per two-week session from the 17 available courses, all of which privilege experiential learning, using the city as a classroom. Some of our most popular courses are Molecular Biology, Espionage, Medical Science, and Terrorism and Modern Politics. 

Students enjoy breakfast and dinner in the oldest hall in continuous use in the University, which was built in 1286. During their time on the program, students have access to all the major attractions in Cambridge and its environs. They immerse themselves in local life and culture, visiting the University’s world-famous colleges and collections, such as King’s, the Fitzwilliam Museum, and the Museum of Archeology. They attend a Cambridge United football match, go punting on the River Cam, and walk to the Grantchester Meadows. Every day there is something for all tastes and interests. 

To reap the benefits of a summer study abroad program in Cambridge, apply now!

The Paris Connection is an optional 4-night extension available to students on The Cambridge  Prep Experience.

About Cambridge

Cambridge is one of Britain’s most ancient towns: there’s evidence of human occupation going back 3,500 years. The Anglo-Saxons knew it as “Grantebrycge,” after a bridge crossing the Granta River. Eventually the name transformed into “Cambridge,” and the river was renamed the "Cam" to match! The town had had a reputation for academia since at least the 900s thanks to monks who were living and teaching in nearby Ely. But it was scholars from Oxford fleeing violent townspeople who created the University of Cambridge in 1209. They founded Peterhouse, the first of its colleges, in 1284. In its near-1000-year existence, Cambridge has built a reputation as a hub of the sciences, having been home to Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Francis Crick, and James Watson.

Program Blog

Want to learn more about the Oxbridge experience? Our program blog provides a glimpse into life on campus through the eyes of current and past participants. Updated regularly throughout the programs, the blog provides a day-by-day summary of the enriching and fun activities in which students take part on an Oxbridge program.

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Testimonials

“I chose Law which was a subject that I am very interested in but had never gotten the opportunity to study. In the class, our opinions and intellectual abilities were stretched, and new thoughts and ideas were explored.”

Abeer A – Student at the Oxford program

“Fashion is my passion. I wanted to pursue it in more depth, and what better place to do so than New York. I loved this program! It has truly been a once in a lifetime experience.”

Andreana D. – 2019

“My French teacher recommended the program when I told her I wanted to be fluent. I loved being in Montpellier, I made amazing friends, the staff was awesome, and I loved the dorms. I loved the program. It exceeded my expectations and they were high.”

Victoria R. – 2019

“It inspired very engaging thought the whole time I was here; all of the staff were kind and knowledgeable about Barcelona. I wish I had more time with my new friends and the city.”

Jeremiah J. – 2019