Historic university city

Cambridge is home to one of the world’s oldest and most famous universities. It’s a very English experience. It is said that if you take deep breaths of Cambridge air, your IQ rises like a hot air balloon. For centuries, the nation’s brightest (and richest) have studied in Cambridge and its sister university city Oxford. It’s one of the great places of learning. And it’s a great place to enjoy yourself.

Cambridge has its own film festival , as well as the Summer in the City season, the Shakespeare Festival , the Strawberry Fair , the Cambridge Literary Festival , the Science Festival , the Buskers and Street Performers Festival , the Big Weekend event, and perhaps most famous of all, the Cambridge Folk Festival . If you need more excitement, London is just 45 minutes away by train.

Cambridge is quite small. The population is about 125,000. About 25,000 are students. It is also a relatively expensive place to live. Prices are similar to London and Oxford.

Cambridge Academy of English (CAE)

Cambridge Academy of English (CAE) is a small independent school founded in 1975. It offers courses for adult students (minimum age 17) and has dedicated programmes for professionals/executives. The centre tailors it courses to the needs of its students. The academy also runs a regular “English for lawyers” course. General English courses feature 1:1 tutorials, a wide selection of electives, teacher–assistance during homework periods and Sunday afternoon conversation practice. The professional/corporate programmes offer a flexible mixture of small group and 1:1 training that is available at any time and at short notice. In 2015 the British Council placed Cambridge Academy in ninth position out of 476 schools—in other words, the top 2% of accredited language schools in the UK.


Cambridge is north of London. Its takes 45 minutes by train to travel from London to Cambridge. The school is in Girton , a lovely, safe, comfortable village–suburb about 15 minutes by bus from the centre of Cambridge.


Most homestay accommodation is in Girton village, with a 10 to 20 minute walk to and from the academy.


  • General English
  • Examination courses - IELTS and Cambridge FCE, CAE and CPE
  • English for Law Students (100% legal English) and LEGIS (mixed legal and general English)
  • English for business students
  • English for professionals in small groups/private and combination
  • English for senior lawyers


  • General English: 21 hours per week plus 10 hours of teacher-assisted self-study
  • Max class size: 12 students
  • Average class size: 9 students
  • School size: small 50 - 120 students
  • 22 classrooms
  • Computer centre
  • Extensive DVD/Video facilities
  • Library and interactive listening centre
  • Professional courses for working people: 25 or 30 hours per week
  • Max class size: 4
  • Separate dedicated centre for professionals


The school has a dedicated social activities team providing a wide range of mid–week and weekend activities in the schools, and well as excursions in and around Cambridge, Oxford, London, Stonehenge, Ireland and Scotland, as well as:

  • film nights
  • samba dancing lessons
  • volleyball, tennis, football, golf and swimming
  • the popular Shakespeare tour of Stafford and Warwick Castle
  • concerts and plays

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The Cambridge Academy of English is the only school in Girton, and one of only three independent recognised schools in the Cambridge area. It’s well-established and managed with passion by John Barnes and his staff. It’s an authentic very-English language experience. The academy is a member of English UK , Business English UK , IALC , and The English Network (TEN) .

Cambridge Academy of English