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About Us

English Courses in Cambridge

Select English was established in Cambridge 1991; we are committed to providing high quality, personalised teaching that helps our students achieve their learning goals.  

We treat all of our students as individuals and offer a friendly, stimulating, inclusive and supportive environment to help our students at every stage of their time with us.  

We believe studying English courses in Cambridge with us is a unique experience. Cambridge is an exceptional place to study and is rich with culture, beautiful architecture and independent shops. 

We offer a range of general English and IELTS preparation courses throughout the year, as well tailor-made group courses for school groups and several summer courses for students aged from 10 upwards. 

Why choose Select English Cambridge?

Quality Tuition

At Select English, we pride ourselves in the quality of our language classes. Our teachers are qualified, experienced and passionate about helping our students to improve their English.   

Small Classes

Students are taught in small groups where the maximum class size is 12, and groups are normally even smaller than that.  

International experience

Students from all over the world to study at Select English – from as far away as Brazil or Indonesia to just a short hop across the Channel from France. 

Young learner courses

Select English offers a range of summer courses for young students, including the popular Cambridge Junior course for students aged 13-17 and our courses at Culford school for students aged 10-13 and 13-16. 

Beautiful locations

Our permanent school building is in central Cambridge, close to the magnificent University of Cambridge Botanical Garden and the historic colleges of the university. Our courses at Culford school take place in one of the most beautiful boarding schools in England. 

Engaging activity programmes

Our activity programmes allow students to visit University of Cambridge colleges, try punting on the River Cam or join excursions to get to know other UK cities such as London. 

Study in a University of Cambridge College

During July and August, we offer the opportunity to live and study at Magdalene College, which sits right on banks of the River Cam and is one of the loveliest of all the colleges in Cambridge. 

Good Quality Accommodation

Stay in our comfortable, conveniently located residential accommodation – or in one of our carefully chosen and inspected homestays in Cambridge. 

Individual care

We have an Accommodation Officer, a Welfare Officer responsible for student welfare, and a 24-hour emergency phone number so that students can always contact a senior member of the school management team should the need arise.  

Free airport transfers

On our summer courses we offer free airport transfers for most students – view the transfer details on each course page for more information. 

UKVI Sponsor

We are an official UKVI visa sponsor, allowing us to provide full support for all students’ visa applications. 

About Cambridge

Cambridge is globally recognised as a hub of international education and English language learning, making it a great place for students to study. 

It’s a small city of just over 100,000 people so it’s quick and convenient to move around; it’s very safe and has a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere.  

Thanks to the great number of cultural and historical points of interest, in Cambridge you will never have a dull moment. You can take tours around the university buildings or enjoy some time in a cafe. If you like to shop, head to the Grand Arcade or walk around the charming streets that surround it. Try punting on the River Cam for a real Cambridge experience. There are also plenty of green areas where you can play sports or just relax. 

Cambridge is close to other major cities and sights. London is only a short 45 minute train journey away. Heathrow and Stansted airport are just 1.5 hours and 30 minutes from Cambridge respectively. 

Top 5 things to do in Cambridge

1. Visit King’s College

King’s, founded in 1441 by Henry VI, lies on the River Cam and has its own imposing Gothic chapel. It boasts many famous alumni from scientists like Alan Turing, to novelists such as EM Forster.

2. Go punting

Loved by staff and students alike, a relaxing punt along the Cam under a blue, sunny sky is the perfect way to spend your afternoon after class.

3. Take Tea at Grantchester Orchards

Get a taste of the British countryside by walking to Grantchester and taking tea and scones in the Orchard Tea Gardens. Follow in the footsteps of Rupert Brooke, Virginia Woolf, EM Forster and John Maynard Keynes. 

4. Visit one of the many great museums

There are many famous museums, including the Fitzwilliam, which always provides an interesting excursion for our students.

5. Quality shopping

Ted Baker, Apple, Fossil, John Lewis, Kurt Geiger, Levis, L.K Bennet London – these are just some of the fashion and technology outlets that can be found in the centre of Cambridge, not to mention the ever popular Primark.

About us

I’ve worked my whole adult life in English teaching.  After taking a CELTA in 1995 I taught in Mexico for 7 years and China for 2 before returning to the UK and starting work for Select English as Marketing and Operations Manager in 2004.   In 2014 I became Executive Manager and have been a co-owner of Select English since 2021.

I like the fact that most of our team have experience living and working overseas, which I think helps us all empathise with international students and understand their needs and the challenges they face in the UK.

Though I focus more on the business side of the school these days and it’s been a while since I dug out my CELTA certificate, I enjoy the atmosphere my colleagues, the students and all our group leaders from around the world create here. 

Sam Gross – Executive Manager

I started with Select English in 2011 as a Social Organiser, I then trained to be a teacher, before being offered a job in the Operations team, I later took on a position in the Marketing department before being promoted to Senior Marketing Manager. In 2021 I became one of the three owners.

I have a degree in Russian History and a Master’s in Education. I believe I am driven, personable, trustworthy, and diligent, these character traits have been invaluable while working in the international education industry.

Alex Howlett – Director

I grew up in Cambridge, and love the city; I love passing on the benefit of this experience to our students and group leaders – suggesting an excursion or visit that a student or group might otherwise have missed out on. A little local knowledge can help to turn a good trip into an unforgettable experience.   


I have been part of the Select English team since 2002; over the twenty years many of our partners around the world have become friends. I relish the chance to work with them to bring new students to visit our school in Cambridge. 

Rob Hesketh – Director

I have lived in Cambridge since 2017 and have been working with SE since 2021 as an Admissions Coordinator. I have a Marketing degree and am studying for my second degree in Business and Management.

I enjoy working at Select English because I love welcoming students from all over the world, helping them to settle into life in the UK and organising social events with the students.

Larissa Bohlke – Admissions Coordinator

Our Teachers

  • Nadine Kaminska – Director of Studies

    I love meeting students from different countries and cultures and this is one of the key reason I enjoy my work at Select English.

    Over the years students from more than 50 different countries have studied with us, all with different learning goals. Whether you’re studying to pass an exam, such as IELTS, need to improve your English for your career, or are simply looking to get better at expressing yourself, our team of dedicated teachers will be there to help you reach your goals.

    What our students most like about our school is our teaching team, busy social programme and the importance we give to students’ progress. We conduct regular, one-to-one tutorials because we care about making your time with us productive and enjoyable. Our small class sizes ensure we can give you the attention you need.

    Cambridge is a fantastic place to study and stay. It’s student-friendly, safe, and, above all, beautiful.

Our teaching team is enthusiastic, fun, friendly and motivated.

Here is a little information about some of our teachers:

  • Ben

    I have a degree in German and French and have taught English in Poland. I have worked at Select since 2007 and am DELTA qualified.

    In my spare time I love to cook and study languages, I am currently trying to perfect my German. I really enjoy the professional atmosphere in the Select English staff room and I am always happy to share my experiences with colleagues and students.

  • Richard

    I have a degree in Engineering and have taught English in Asia for 9 years. I have been teaching at Select since the beginning of 2015.

    As well as the teaching I enjoy the social activities at the school, especially playing football with the students. In my spare time I love to play squash and cycle. I am CELTA qualified.

How to contact us

To book or enquire about a course

Contact Larissa: larissa.bohlke@selectenglish.co.uk

To get a quote, enquire about bringing a group, or visit the school

Contact Sam: 0044 (0) 1223 313211 or email sam.gross@selectenglish.co.uk

To discuss your accommodation or become a homestay

Contact the Accommodation Team: 0044 (0) 1223 364735 or email accommodation@selectenglish.co.uk

To discuss paying course fees

Contact Accounts: 0044 (0) 1223 364735

For information about lessons, syllabus, IELTS preparation or if you want to teach with us

Contact Nadine: 0044 (0) 1223 315359 or email nadine.kaminska@selectenglish.co.uk

If you want to make a complaint

Contact Sam: 0044 (0) 1223 364735 or email sam.gross@selectenglish.co.uk

What our students are saying