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At Select English we’ve been welcoming groups to Cambridge for over a quarter of a century. 

Our tailor made group courses are available throughout the year, and courses can be as long or short as required.  

There is no minimum or maximum size for a group course – large and small groups are all equally welcome at Select English.  

Cambridge is a remarkable and inspiring city to visit, a centre of education renowned around the world and home to one of Europe’s oldest universities. Cambridge is also a small and peaceful city – making it the perfect choice for a safe and comfortable stay for any group.  

If you are interested in creating a programme for your group, an experienced Select English team member will work closely with you to design a course that meets the precise needs and aspirations of your group – both in the classroom and beyond it.  

Our English teachers are experienced in teaching short course group classes; classes are fun and practical with a focus on speaking and understanding in real life situations.  

We also specialize in exam preparation courses for IELTS, Cambridge exams and Trinity exams. 

The expertise of our academic teachers and the superb facilities on our campus allow us to offer programmes combining English classes with lessons and practical sessions focusing on areas such as art, science and business. We also offer practical programmes that give students valuable insights into aspects of modern life in the UK – for instance programmes illustrating pathways into the British higher education system, or insights into finding work and current workplace practice. These courses are especially popular with school groups that wish to create a course based around the requirements of their syllabus at home. 

We offer a comprehensive range of accommodation options for groups. Many choose to stay in our carefully selected and monitored host family accommodation; we also have well-established connections with several Cambridge University colleges, so that at certain times of the year groups can choose to stay in the world famous university. Finally, there are a range of hotels and hostels close to our school which are ideal for groups looking for budget residential accommodation. Cambridge offers a wide range of exciting and interesting activities for groups to enjoy whilst they are not in the classroom. Whether visiting a world famous college, touring a great museum or punting gently down the River Cam that flows through the centre of the city, there is never a dull moment here! And nearby towns and villages such as Ely, Bury St Edmunds and Grantchester make for wonderful afternoon excursions – while London is only 50 minutes away by train. Cambridge is located about 30 minutes’ drive from Stansted airport, making it easy for groups from all over Europe to get here.  

Lessons

  • Choose the number of lessons per week
  • Follow our syllabus or choose your own lesson content
  • We can offer the option to combine academic subjects such as maths or science with English
  • Experienced teachers

Activities

  • Add afternoon and evening activities to your programme. Activities include punting, film night, sports, bowling, cinema, Cambridge college or museum visits
  • Add a full day trip to London or other UK cities
  • Full day excursions to Cadbury World, Harry Potter Studios, Theme Parks like Thorpe Park and many other options are available to add
  • Chose to have talks or workshops. Previous topics have included entrepreneurship, mindfulness, mental health, applying to Cambridge University and many more

Group Leaders

We welcome group leaders with every group. We are happy to offer a free group leader place with every 12 students booked.

We also expect leaders to follow our code of practice. Leaders will be given a handbook on arrival with helpful advice on how to work together with Select English staff to ensure a successful stay for all the students. 

Accommodation

  • Stay with a local homestay host
  • Choose a local youth hostel or hotel
  • Arrange your own accommodation

Extras

  • Airport Transfers: You can add airport transfers to your group booking. Depending on the group size, we’ll arrange for a coach or minibus to meet you along with an experienced member of our team and get you to Cambridge safely. Large groups will be dropped off at the school first and then put into taxis to their accommodation with help from our staff.
  • Lunches: We can arrange hot or cold lunches in the school, depending on the preferences of the group
  • Bus passes: Bus passes are £15 for unlimited travel around Cambridge City for one week. These can be added to your booking, and paid for in advance. Alternatively, they can also be purchased from the bus driver on the bus on the first morning of the course.

If you would like a proposal

Contact our Marketing Team or call on 0044 (0) 1223 313211 and tell us

  • The expected number of students in your group
  • The expected number of group leaders likely to accompany the group
  • The proposed arrival and departure dates of the group
  • How many lessons you want to include
  • Accommodation preference
  • Whether you wish to include transfers, lunches or bus passes
  • Any trips and activities you’d like to include

Sample Programmes

  • Standard one week programme
  • Standard two week programme
  • Oxbridge Preparation
  • EAP/ESP

Standard 1 week programme

SundayArrival to London Stansted – Transfer to Cambridge Homestays
MondayEnglish LessonsLunchWalking Tour of CambridgeDinner with Homestay and Free Time
TuesdayEnglish LessonsLunchSelf Hire PuntingDinner with Homestay and Free Time
WednesdayEnglish LessonsLunchFitzwilliam MuseumDinner with Homestay and Free Time
ThursdayEnglish LessonsLunchSports Afternoon or Cupcake MakingDinner with Homestay and Free Time
FridayEnglish LessonsLunchKing’s College VisitDinner with Homestay and Free Time
SaturdayTransfer to Stansted Airport from Homestays

Standard 2 week programme

SundayArrive to Heathrow Airport – Met by a member of Select English staff – Transfer to Cambridge
MondayEnglish Testing and LessonsCold Lunch at SchoolEnglish LessonsWalking tour of Cambridge including Climb of St Mary’s Church TowerDinner with HomestayWelcome Party at School
TuesdayEnglish LessonsCold Lunch at SchoolEnglish LessonsFrisbee, Tennis and FootballDinner with HomestayCinema Night
WednesdayEnglish LessonsCold Lunch at SchoolEnglish LessonsEnglish Tea Party at SchoolDinner with HomestayPool Night
ThursdayEnglish LessonsCold Lunch at SchoolEnglish LessonsFitzwilliam Museum VisitDinner with HomestayTreasure Hunt
FridayEnglish LessonsCold Lunch at SchoolEnglish LessonsCricket, Rugby or Rounders in the ParkDinner with HomestayEnglish Pub Night
SaturdayFull day trip to London with member of Select English staffLate Dinner with HomestayFree Evening
SundayTrip to Ely with member of Select English Staff – Entry to Ely CathedralLate Dinner with HomestayFree Evening
MondayEnglish LessonsCold Lunch at SchoolEnglish LessonsAfternoon Trip to Bury St Edmunds by TrainDinner with HomestayFree Evening
TuesdayEnglish LessonsCold Lunch at SchoolEnglish LessonPunting on the River CamDinner with HomestayCupcake Decorating at School
WednesdayEnglish LessonsCold Lunch at SchoolEnglish LessonAfternoon Trip to Grantchester for Tea and SconesDinner with HomestayFree Evening
ThursdayEnglish LessonsCold Lunch at SchoolEnglish LessonTour of King’s CollegeDinner with HomestayFree Evening
FridayEnglish LessonsCold Lunch at SchoolEnglish LessonAfternoon Trip to Anglesey AbbeyDinner With HomestayFarewell Party
SaturdayTransfer from Cambridge to London Heathrow

Oxbridge Preparation Programme

This programme is for students who are aiming to study at the UK’s top universities. It combines subject lectures from University of Cambridge lecturers with classes introducing the application for Oxford University and the University of Cambridge. 

Morning 09.00-11.00Morning 11.30-13.30Afternoon
SundayArrival: Transfer from airport
MondayWelcome Session -Introduction to OxbridgeSeminar: Cambridge Student Life with Cambridge University StudentWalking Tour of Cambridge
TuesdaySubject lecture from Cambridge University LecturerApplication Tutorial: How to write your personal statementAcademic English Class 14.30-16.30
WednesdayAcademic English ClassSeminar: Application Experience with Cambridge University StudentHalf day excursion to Ely
ThursdayCritical Thinking ClassApplication Tutorial: Completing UCAS formsIELTS class 14.30-16.30
FridaySubject lecture from Cambridge University LecturerLecture: University Admissions with Cambridge University LecturerVisit Fitzwilliam Museum
SaturdayFull day excursion to London
SundayFull day excursion to Oxford and Bicester
MondaySubject lecture from Cambridge University LecturerApplication Tutorial: Choosing your courseIELTS class 14.30-16.30
TuesdayAcademic English ClassApplication Tutorial: Preparing for InterviewHalf day excursion to Bury St Edmunds
WednesdaySubject lecture from Cambridge University LecturerVisit Imperial College London
ThursdayCritical Thinking ClassSeminar: Alternatives to Oxford and CambridgeAcademic English Class 14.30-16.30
FridayAcademic English ClassApplication Tutorial: Interview PracticeVisit Jesus College, Cambridge University
SaturdayDeparture: transfer to airport

EAP/ESP Course

We can arrange closed group programmes with specific academic focus or EAP/ESP courses. The following is an example programme with a focus on English literature

MorningAfternoon
SundayArrive at AirportTransfers to Cambridge Homestays
MondayLiterature Classes and LecturesWalking Tour of Cambridge
TuesdayLiterature Classes and LecturesVisit King’s College, Cambridge University
WednesdayLiterature Classes and LecturesHalf day excursion to London including London Eye and a Musical
ThursdayLiterature Classes and LecturesVisit Grantchester for Afternoon Tea
FridayLiterature Classes and LecturesHalf day excursion to Ely
SaturdayFull day trip to London
SundayDay trip to Canterbury for Dickens Lecture and Tour
MondayLiterature Classes and LecturesCambridge University College Tour
TuesdayLiterature Classes and LecturesHalf day trip to London for Bloomsbury Literary Tour
WednesdayLiterature Classes and LecturesPunting in Cambridge
ThursdayLiterature Classes and LecturesVisit Cambridge University Botanic Garden
FridayLiterature Classes and LecturesCambridge Market Souvenir Shopping
SaturdayDay trip to Stratford Upon Avon – Shakespeare Tour
SundayDeparture: Transfer to airport

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