Middle & High School Program

The Cambridge Prep Experience

Grades: 8 - 9

Peterhouse, University of Cambridge

Program Overview

Peterhouse was founded in 1284, making it Cambridge's oldest college, and is the setting for the Cambridge Prep Experience that offers all the discovery and learning of the Cambridge Tradition program to students in grades 8 and 9.

Students attend one of two Sessions and choose one course per session from options that include Medical Science, Business, Psychology, Espionage, or Law. The classes are taught by university professors and creative professionals and are designed to use Cambridge as a teaching tool, so that the students discover the city and the university as they discover the topic.

Costs & Payment

Two week sessions:

Session one: July 6 - July 19
Session two: July 20 - August 2

Combined sessions:

July 6 - August 2

Barcelona connection:

August 2 - August 6

At the end of the program, students can choose to add on the Barcelona Connection and spend 4 days exploring one of the world's great cities.


Tuition Information: Costs include accommodation, classroom instruction, workshops, field trips, two daily meals, and all program-organized activities. We also offer a select number of scholarships based on financial need. For full details, see our Tuition page.

A Day in the Life

  • Breakfast in Hall
  • Major classes on topics ranging from Robotics to Espionage meet in classrooms, labs, studios, or out in Cambridge
  • Students can choose to have lunch at any of a plethora of local restaurants or sandwich shops in town
  • Three afternoons a week, students attend class in the afternoon.  When there is no class, they are free to join in organized activities or trips and tours in and around Cambridge
  • Dinner in Hall
  • Evening activities, events, or shows


What's Included


Access to cultural sites and local events




Extracurricular activities, workshops, and event offerings


Continuous support


On-site staff of experienced professionals


Local meals

Full Course List

Cultural Enrichment

Every class is designed to use Cambridge as a teaching tool. When not in class, students have access to a full range of activities designed to help them discover local and national culture. They have the option to take tours of sights like King's and Trinity, take part in a variety of sports (including Quidditch!), attend local Shakespeare productions, participate in talent shows, or take field trips to the Duxford Air Show and London.

Residence Info


Accommodation and Rooms

In Cambridge, students live in rooms that are occupied by undergraduates during the year. Students are housed in singles or doubles. Students can request a private bathroom (for a fee), on a first-come, first-served basis.

students on a lawn


Students have access to common areas within the residences as well as a variety of sporting and educational facilities (gyms, basketball courts, tennis courts, pitches, libraries). Oxbridge provides every program with computers, so students have daily access to email and social media. The program staff maintains message boards and distributes mail every day.

students on a lawn
good food


Students enjoy breakfast and dinner in their residence's dining halls. Breakfast is primarily continental style with choices such as cereal, yogurt, fruit, toast, coffee, and tea. Several options are available at dinner, including a vegetarian dish and a salad bar. Special dinners are regularly held, and each program ends with a formal banquet. Students are responsible for their own lunch, which can be purchased from a college snack bar or one of the many sandwich shops, small restaurants, patisseries, or bodegas near each residence.

good food

After the Program

Shortly after the program, all students and their parents receive a comprehensive set of grade reports, presenting their course syllabus and highlighting their specific contributions and achievements within their course(s). Most of our alumni later ask for additional copies to include in their college applications.


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What People Are Saying About Oxbridge Academic Programs

This was by far the most informative-while-being-interactive class I've ever had, and it made learning easier and more fun. Oxbridge made a huge impact on me by increasing my confidence and uncovering my strong interest in global business that I now hope to pursue.


Oxbridge Student

Thanks to the Cambridge Tradition experience, my daughter is much more mature, has a better knowledge of how to live abroad without her family, and she's better prepared for university! Her time at Oxbridge reaffirmed that she wants to study architecture and now she has all the skills to reach her goals.

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Cambridge Tradition Parent

Our daughter had a wonderful experience, and she found the Psychology and Genetics courses engaging and useful. She learned new things, made friends, and had 4 amazing weeks! Many thanks to your entire team for making this possible!

Oxbridge Parent

Our daughter loved the Oxford Prep program. She enjoyed her Major, made nice friends, and really began to feel more independent and confident while exploring beautiful Oxford. A great experience through and through and just what we all were hoping for! In fact, she is already talking about participating in the Cambridge program next year.


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Just wanted to reach out to thank you for helping to make my daughter's summer spectacular! She returned on Saturday and has clearly grown from the summer experience. She raves about her time with Dr. Tijn Van Winden and her French teacher.


Oxbridge in Paris Parent

Thank you for making my son's experience at Cambridge so memorable! Usually reserved, he talked the whole way home from the airport about what he learned in class, the friends he made, and the museums he visited. My son was initially a bit reluctant to attend a two-week course, but at the end of the second week - he was sad it was ending so quickly!

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