Magdalene College 16-25


Residential single rooms

Ages 16-25


  • The Course
  • Accommodation & Welfare
  • Pre-Departure Information

Course Details

About the college

Magdalene College is one of Cambridge University’s oldest, most famous and most beautiful colleges.

It was founded in 1428 and is one of the oldest colleges in Cambridge University and the main courtyard and its small church were both built around 1470.

The famous Pepys library dates from about 1700 and is one of the most remarkable private libraries ever created.

Central Cambridge Location

Magdalene College is set on the banks of the River Cam, which flows through the centre of Cambridge. Students will live in single rooms in Magdalene College and many of the student bedrooms have views of the river.

The college is situated in the heart of the historic centre of Cambridge close to all the beautiful colleges and stunning architecture of the university, so our students will have the opportunity to experience the city’s unique atmosphere to the full.


  • 20 full hours teaching per week
  • Maximum class size of 12
  • Elementary – advanced levels
  • Reports and certificates

Placement Test

On your first day, you will take a short written test and have an interview with a teacher so that we can assess your level of English and choose the best class level for you.

English Lessons

English classes are based on the Select English topic based syllabus. It will help you to develop your language skills while discussing topics that are relevant and interesting to you. You will work in pairs and groups regularly, and take part in class discussions and other activities that make learning enjoyable and fun.

  • Expand your vocabulary
  • Increase your grammatical accuracy
  • Improve your pronunciation
  • Gain confidence in using English in every situation

Project Classes

In our project classes, you will use English to work on a project together with your class mates. You can choose the focus of your project with help from your teacher. Popular projects include:

  • Creating a school magazine
  • Surveys of Select staff or members of the public
  • Making a guide to Cambridge for future students
  • Preparing a presentation on your hometown

Course Dates 2022

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Course Fees 2022

2 Week Course£2170+£50 Registration Fee
4 Week Course£4340+£50 Registration Fee


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Reports and Certificates

At the end of the course, you’ll receive a certificate with your English level, as well as a detailed report from your teachers describing your strengths and weaknesses, and suggesting areas for follow on study.

Course Timetable

The Monday to Friday timetable for Magdalene College

Lesson OneBreakLesson TwoBreakLesson ThreeLunchLesson FourActivitiesDinnerActivities

Activity Programme

Magdalene College Social Programme

Our programme at Magdalene College allows students to immerse themselves in traditional Cambridge University student life

  • An arrival reception with strawberries and cream on the college lawns
  • Course graduation ceremony beneath the Pepys library with detailed personal reports and certificates for each student
  • A formal farewell dinner in the historic and atmospheric college dining hall
  • Full day excursion to London
  • Inspirational cultural, social and sporting programme

An example two-week activity schedule at Magdalene College

* Activities with a £ will incur a small charge. The cost per week to attend all activities is approximately £20.

Afternoon ActivityEvening Activity
MondayWalking Tour of CambridgeWelcome Reception
TuesdayKing’s College VisitTraditional English Pub Visit
WednesdayBusiness/Media WorkshopPunting
ThursdaySportsShakespeare in the Garden (£)
FridayFitzwilliam MuseumCourse Social Evening
Saturday Full Day Trip to LondonFree Evening
SundayHalf-Day Visit to Ely (£)Free Evening
MondayWorkshop: Entrepreneurship Sports
Tuesday Jesus College VisitBBQ
WednesdayCambridge University Admissions LectureFree Evening
Thursday Visit GrantchesterCourse Social Evening
Friday Free AfternoonFormal Dinner Party


Accommodation is in comfortable single rooms at the heart of Magdalene College. The rooms are located in a remarkable building that was designed by the famous British architect Edwin Lutyens

  • Students share bathrooms with up to six other students
  • You will have breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Magdalene College dining halls
  • Surrounded by stunning gardens outside which lead down to the banks of the River Cam
  • Free wi-fi for students


  • Great location near to the centre of Cambridge
  • Safe and secure location


  • Small course of 50 students
  • Safe and secure environment
  • Qualified first aiders on site
  • Supervised sports and social programme
  • 24 hour emergency contact number
Magdalene College

Care of Under 18s

This applies to students aged 16 and 17 attending the course at Magdalene College.


This course is for students aged 16-25. You will be in classes, have meals and take part in activities with students who are over 18. You will also share a common room with students over 18.

  • Every student will be given a wristband containing the school emergency number
  • Students are given safety advice as part of their first day induction. This can be downloaded from our website
  • An activity programme is offered but is not a compulsory.
  • It is possible to choose not to take part in activities. Those who do that will have unsupervised free time. If they choose to leave the campus they must sign out in the presence of the Course Director.
  • If not attending an activity during the afternoon, students will be required to check in with staff at dinner time
  • There is an activity on offer every evening. Attendance is not compulsory. During this time, students may stay in the college or they may go out into Cambridge. This means that from 19.00-23.00 students will be unsupervised
  • When students are not attending the activity provided by Select English or during free time, they must inform the Course Director where they are and when they expect to be back. They must make sure that the Course Director has their mobile phone number and that their phone is charged and switched on.
  • On activities and trips, supervision ratios for under 18s will be at least 1:20. Students will be allowed to leave staff to visit shops and other amenities. Everyone will be informed of meeting points where they can find staff and will also be reminded of the school emergency numbers (on their wristbands) and summer staff mobile numbers.
  • Select English has set clear rules for free time. All students will be made aware of these rules.

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  • All students are accommodated in single rooms
  • We will make every attempt to accommodate male and female students on separate floors but it may not always be possible
  • Select English will make every attempt to accommodate students aged 16 and 17 separate from the students aged over 18 but it may not always be possible.
  • There will be 5 members of Select English staff living at the college


  • The curfew for under 18s at Magdalene College is 23.00


  • To receive a free transfer on arrival, you need to book a flight that is scheduled to land on Sunday between 9.00 and 17.00 at London Stansted or London Heathrow. Students on flights scheduled to land before 9.00 are not eligible for a free transfer. There is no option to wait in the airport. Where flights are delayed, we will always wait for students affected.
  • To qualify for a free transfer on departure, you need to book a flight that is scheduled to depart on a Saturday between 9.00 and 17.00 at London Stansted or London Heathrow. Flights scheduled to depart after 17.00 are not eligible for a free transfer.
  • If your flight is outside these hours, to/from a different airport or on a different day, you will need to either make your own way, or arrange a private taxi transfer. Please contact us on arrange this. All students under the age of 18 must use our free transfer service or book a private taxi transfer.

Prices for one way taxi transfers are below:


Pre-Departure Information

Before you come to Select English there are a few things that need to be arranged.

Consent & Medical Forms

At the time of booking, we will send you a consent and medical form to complete for your child/children. You must return these to us before the start of the course. These apply to students aged 16 and 17 studying on this course.


Select English recommends that all students purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy prior to departure for the UK.  

In this way you will be covered in the event of disruption to travel, loss or damage to belongings and so on.  

Most students will also be liable to pay for any medical treatment needed whilst in the UK; an insurance policy that covers medical expenses is therefore advisable.  


The summer months are June to September; in this period the weather is normally warm and pleasant, with occasional hot spells – but at night it can always be chilly here, even when the days are hot. 

UK Law 

When travelling abroad it is always important to be aware of relevant laws in the country that you’re visiting.  

In the UK it is illegal to buy cigarettes or alcohol if you are under the age of 18, and possession of most drugs (including cannabis) is illegal. 

Pocket Money 

Please provide your child with adequate spending money before departure.  

It is recommended that students bring at least £25 per day to cover the cost of any snacks, drinks, souvenirs and gifts and so on.  

We strongly recommend that students have a pre-payment card instead of bringing large amounts of cash.  


What to Bring

  • Passport/ID Card
  • All documentation sent to you by Select English (Acceptance Letter, Accommodation Letter, Short Term Study Visa Letter, if applicable)
  • Suitable Clothing (trainers, swimming kit, raincoat)
  • Umbrella
  • Towels
  • Adaptor/Transformer to charge your phone and to use electrical appliances such as hairdryers. The standard voltage in the UK is 230 volts. Your adaptor must meet UK standards or it will be confiscated for health and safety reasons
  • Prescription medication. This must be in its original packaging with the labels translated into English
  • The school contact information.

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