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Abbey College 

Cambridge is world famous for its historic colleges and beautiful architecture. Our centre is located in the modern Abbey College a short walk from the city cente. Students have the choice to stay in homestay or ensuite residential accommodation next to Abbey College. The college is in a modern part of the prestigious city centre close to the University Botanic Gardens, Cambridge Central Railway station and an array of shops and leisure facilities.

Abbey College is a modern, cosmopolitan British secondary school with new buildings and recent refurbishments all around the spacious and secure site. Featuring nearby sports fields and adjoining leisure centre, the school has great facilities for our young learners.

The college is in a modern part of the prestigious city centre close to the University Botanic Gardens, Cambridge Central Railway station and an array of shops and leisure facilities.

Quick Facts

Location: Abbey College

Dates available: 27 Jun –15 Aug *Available for students staying with a Host family

Dates available: 27 Jun–15 Aug *Available for students staying in residence

Ages: 11 – 17 (residential), 13 - 17 (homestay)

Accommodation: Standard single room and Homestay

Emergency Number: +44 7771 845978

Living

RESIDENTIAL

  • Abbey College has residence in the next door Tripos Court. It is a secure purpose built student accommodation featuring modern, single en-suite rooms with social space and all rooms include a desk, wardrobe and chair with WiFi throughout.
  • Laundry service available in residence for £3. There is a washing machine and tumble dryer in each house and live in staff will schedule laundry sessions where the students are helped
  • Bedrooms cleaned weekly (both)

HOMESTAY

  • Students are housed in pairs (twin rooms), with local host families
  • Students share bathroom with the homestay
  • Students receive half-board with their homestay family and eat lunch at Abbey College in the modern, spacious canteen. Students receive a packed lunch from their homestay on the weekend.
  • Homestay students travel independently via public transport to Chesterton College
  • Travel time to campus can be up to 45 minutes. A weekly bus pass is provided as part of the program and taxis provided on certain evenings/weekends.
  • Laundry service available free of charge

Food Options

Breakfast

Abbey College: Students will receive continental breakfast in their Boarding House. Breakfast includes tea/coffee/squash, toast, jam, spreads, cereal and fruit.

Homestay: Breakfast include tea/coffee, toast, jam and fruit

Lunch

3-course lunch with 2 hot options, one of which is always vegetarian. Special diets are catered for. Packed lunches for full day excursions and weekends.

Evening Meal

3-course lunch with 2 hot options, one of which is always vegetarian. Special diets are catered for.
Homestay: the food is always nicely prepared and typical for what the homestay would eat for dinner.

Snacks

Vending machines are available for drinks and confectionary.

Facilities

  • Large common room and movie lounge as well as a communal outdoor area
  • Students have access to sports field and sports hall
  • Wi-Fi throughout
MEALS
All meals are served in the large, modern canteen onsite at Abbey College. Luncheon vouchers are provided at weekends for all students. 

Learning

  • Lessons are taught by friendly and professional English teachers
  • 20 x 45 minute lessons per week morning, or afternoon
  • Placement test on day 1 to ensure students in appropriate level
  • Maximum 16 students per class
  • Students will be placed in an international class with students of different nationalities
  • Curriculum with emphasis on communication skills
  • Many classrooms have interactive whiteboards
  • Materials included as well as an end of course report and certificate
  • Trinity exams preparation available
  • Classrooms are located at Chesterton College

Programme Information

Arrival

Students will be welcomed at campus reception where they will register, check in to their rooms and get their room keys.

Welcome

On the first evening, there will be a welcome activity which is designed to ensure students have the opportunity to meet the staff and the other students. They will get to know more about the campus, its facilities and other useful information which will help them during their stay.

 
 
 

Activities

Activities are organised inbetween lessons and during the evenings. These activities could be on-site and near to the centre. These may include:

  • Sports such as football, mini Olympics, rounders, table tennis, volleyball or basketball.
  • Daytime activities such as scavenger hunts and drama workshops.
  • Evening activities such as karaoke, talent show, and team games.

Excursions and Trips

HALF-DAY TRIPS

  • Our students only go on local visits to Cambridge to explore the charming city on a walking tour or a city quiz.
  • Students will get to punt on the River Cam, experience the wonderful King’s College and Chapel
  • Cambridge University Botanical Gardens is an extremely beautiful excursion included in this programme

FULL-DAY EXCURSIONS

  • London: Visit London once per week, seeing places such as: the British Museum, the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum, the National Gallery, Oxford street shopping and Hyde Park as well as the famous Westminster Walking Tour
  • Warwick Castle: Explore this spectacular medieval royal castle once owned by Queen Elizabeth I
  • Oxford: Students can get to know the other famous university city and visit one of its most famous colleges
  • Stratford Upon Avon: Visit this beautiful town, the birthplace of Shakespeare

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS

  • Thorpe Park: Enjoy extreme rides and attractions at this popular theme park
  • Norwich: Visit this beautiful city in Norfolk and its beautiful cathedral
  • Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre: Get up close with over 1500 amazing marine creatures

3 WEEK SAMPLE PROGRAMMES

Extra

Each 14 night stay will include 2 local visits by foot or local transport to Cambridge with activities and 6 full-day excursions to other sites such as London, Oxford and Warwick Castle. Students also do full-day excursions in Cambridge to explore King’s College, try punting on River Cam, Duxford IWM and Granchester Meadows, among other places. Transport for trips may be by private coach or public transport.This programme is for illustrative purposes only and is subject to amendments or alterations.

Cambridge Homestay: The Homestay programme has some differences to the below programme. On Sunday, Monday, Friday and Saturday evenings they spend time in their homestays instead of participating in on-site activities.

Cambridge Programme 2021 (Residential)

WEEK 1SUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAY
27 Jun28 Jun29 Jun30 Jun01 Jul02 Jul03Jul
Morning
Arrivals & Local activities or optional trip to Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre
Testing /Induction or Lessons
Lessons
 
Dragon's Den Preparation & Volleyball
 

Lessons

 

Cambridge University Botanical Gardens Visit

lessons

Full day trip to London with British Museum & Oxford Street Shopping

 

 

Full-day trip to Warwick Castle
Afternoon
Cambridge City Quiz
Evening
Welcome Night
Cambridge selfie competitionDragon's Den Presentation
Talent Show
Karaoke & Disco
Photo Scavenger Hunt
Film Night
  

 

See sample programme

Cambridge Programme 2021 (Residential)

WEEK 2SUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAY
04 Jul05 Jul06 Jul07 Jul08 Jul09 Jul10 Jul
Morning
Arrivals / Departures & Local activities or optional trip to Thorpe Park
Walking Tour of Cambridge
Quidditch & World Cup Football
 
Lessons
 
Cambridge University King's College Visit
 
 
Lessons
Full Day Trip to London with Kensington Museums, Hyde Park & Knightsbridge Shopping
Lessons 
Full day trip to Stratford upon Avon & Shakespeare's Birthplace
AfternoonTesting /Induction or Lessons
Evening
Welcome and Lip Sync Battles
Compete against the Staff!Photography Challenge
Trash Fashion Show
Karaoke & Disco
Trek along the River Cam
Film Night
  
 

 

Cambridge Programme 2021 (Homestay)

WEEK 1SUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAY
27 Jun28 Jul29  Jul30 Jul01 Jul02 Jul03 Jul
Morning
Arrivals /local
activities or
optional trip Norwich
Walking tour of Cambridge

Quidditch &World Cup Football

Lessons

Punting on the River Cam
 
 
Lessons
Full day trip to London with Westminster Walking tour & Covent Garden Shopping
Lessons
Full-day trip to
Oxford, walking tour and a College visit
AfternoonTesting/Induction or Lessons
Evening
Evening with your Host Family
Evening with your Host familyKahoot Quiz Night

Olympic Sports Night

Karaoke &Evening with your Host FamilyEvening with your host Family
 Disco

 

See sample programme

WEEK 2SUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAY
04 Jul05 Jul06 Jul07 Jul08 Jul09 Jul10 Jul
Morning
Arrivals / Departures & Local activities or optional trip to Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre
Testing /Induction or Lessons
Lessons
 
 
Dragon's Den Preparation & Volleyball
Lessons
 
 
Cambridge University Botanical Gardens Visit
 
Lessons
 
 
lessons
 
Full day trip to London with British Museum & Oxford Street Shopping
Full day trip to
Stratford upon
Avon &
Shakespeare’s
Birthplace
Afternoon
Cambridge City Quiz
Evening
Evening with your Host Family
Evening with your Host FamilyDragon's Den Presentation

Talent Show

Karaoke & Disco

 

Evening with your Host Family
 
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