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Cambridge Summer – Pembroke-King’s Programme

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, river-side 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.

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.

$5 Million in Scholarships & Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our scholarship and aid programs.


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.

Click here for information on the courses available!

*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 predeparture 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.

Field Trips & Events

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. Learn more about the activities and events organized by the PAs in Daily Life.

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 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 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.

Get to Know Your New City

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.

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.

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

Shop in Market Square

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

Explore Museums & Gardens

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

Program Cost

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.

Term: Summer 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2019 $6,055 $3,700 $135 $9,890

Scholarships & Aid

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Scholarships & Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our scholarship and aid programs.

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. Learn more about our recent QAA reports

Our Staff

John Ockey

Center Director

John brings over 15 years of experience with IES Abroad, including seven years with IES Abroad Milan and nearly three years with IES Abroad Siena before coming to IES Abroad London. During his time in Siena, John developed and implemented a banner program with a strong focus on cultural immersion and academic rigor. In Milan, he played a key role in improving and developing the Milan program, notably in the areas of student housing, student activities, orientation, and supervision of the student services staff. Prior to working for IES Abroad, John received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Italian Literature and Art History from Brigham Young University and worked in Geneva for the United Nations.

IES Abroad Staff

IES Abroad Staff
Kimberley Aparisio
Assistant Director of Student Affairs

Zosia Rutkowska
Assistant Director of Customised Programmes

Sally Harrild
Senior Academic Programmes Manager

Hayden Gray
University Liaison Officer

Dr. Diane Atkinson
Academic Support

Laura Scott
Senior Student Affairs Coordinator

Beth Lehlbach
Internships Manager

Sachna Hanspal
Senior Internships Coordinator

Elaine Staunton
Internships Coordinator

Emily Brown
Customized Programs Coordinator

Martin Hannan
Office Manager