Study in the UK at one of the top independent colleges in the country.

We are a top-performing international boarding college located in the centre of Cambridge, one of the world’s most prestigious university cities. Since our foundation in 1994 we have helped thousands of boarding students to achieve outstanding academic results and join some of the world’s best universities. We are recognised as one of the best places in the UK for international students to live, learn and thrive.

We offer high-quality GCSE, A-level and International Foundation Programmes in a vast selection of courses. Five-star boarding & accommodation available, the perfect environment to live, study, make friends and enjoy extra-curricular activities from tennis to tai chi.

The college was recently ranked 28th in the Telegraph National A-Level Results table and 7th in England for student progress by the UK Government (A score above zero means students made more progress, on average, than students across England after GSCE, with 71% A*A grades). The college was also identified by best schools as one of the UK’s top five private sixth form colleges, and one of the 10 best UK co-ed boarding schools. Our students gain entry to a wide range of competitive courses and leading universities each year.

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  • Cambridge’s outstanding international college. Students from 50 different nationalities. 71% A* – A at A level, 69% 9-7 at GCSE, 76% average foundation score.
  • A pathway to elite universities. One-third of A level students progress to top 5 UK universities and 66% to Russell Group. 70 students to Oxford and Cambridge University in recent years.
  • Live, learn and thrive at the heart of the world’s most prestigious university city. Students access world-renowned Cambridge facilities faculties and colleges. Oxbridge educated tutors are well placed to support student’s application.
  • A campus designed for international students. Four boarding houses offer more than 400 on and off-campus student beds. On-campus gym, sports hall, library, basketball court, music studies and much more.

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Spend a term studying the British curriculum and improving your English whilst boarding in the heart of one of the UK’s most exciting cities.

Why study with us? 

  • Improve your written and spoken English
  • Live and study in one of three beautiful, historic and vibrant British cities
  • Study the globally recognised and admired British curriculum
  • High-quality accommodation and pastoral support included
  • Study and live with ambitious students from around the world

Whilst you study you will become a full member of our diverse student community, with access to our exciting extra-curricular programme of weekly clubs, sports and activities, evening lectures, and university study preparation sessions.

Upon completion of your studies, you will receive a comprehensive academic report and completion certificate to take home. If you enjoy your time here, you can also choose to join the full GCSE or A Level course and complete your university studies in the UK or at home.

Please note that there are limited places on these courses available.

Course overview 

You will be joining students from around the world studying on our established GCSE (14–16 years) and A Level (16–18 years) programmes. Your weekly study programme will be a combination of academic subjects and English language lessons.

Full board accommodation will be included in one of our college boarding houses.

The fees listed cover tuition and boarding for the stated duration of study.

Course fees

Sept. 2020 – Dec. 2020 one term
DLD College London £17,360
Abbey College Cambridge £16,200
Abbey College Manchester £13,375


The UK education system has a world-wide reputation for quality, with universities such as Oxford, CambridgeUniversity College London (UCL) and Imperial College London consistently ranked in the world’s top ten. By studying at Abbey College Cambridge, you will be provided with an unrivaled opportunity to gain entry to the best universities the UK has to offer and make the very best start to your career.

Explaining UK Qualifications

A Level (Advanced Level) courses can be studied over two years or 18 months. A Level courses are the most commonly used qualifications for entry to UK universities.

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a one year course specifically designed for direct access to study at UK universities. A large portion of our IFP students go on to study at the elite ‘Russell Group’ of top UK universities.

GCSEs (General Certificates of Secondary Education) can be studied over one year, two year or 18 month periods. Many universities will ask for at least 5 passes at grade C or above for entry (often including GCSE Mathematics and English passes).

Study our popular Business and Economics Foundation Pathway Course

On our Business Management and Economics pathway you will develop a critical understanding of three core interdependent subjects – Business, Economics and Accounting. These will underpin future enterprise success through knowledge of organisation, markets, competition and value.

Module 1 Module 2 Module 3 Module 4
Business Studies Economics Accounting Mathematics & Business


University Course Academic Requirements IELTS Requirements
University of Bristol Economics 80% Overall Score with 80% in Advanced Mathematics 7.0 Overall. 7.0 in Writing. 6.5 in each other category
University of Manchester Management 75% Overall Score 6.5 Overall. Minimum 6.0 in each category
University of Durham Business Management 70% Overall Score 6.5 Overall. Minimum 6.0 in each category
University of Sussex Accounting & Finance 65% Overall inclduing 65% in Mathematics 6.5 Overall. Minimum 6.0 in each category
University of Liverpool Law 75% Overall with no module less than 65% 6.5 Overall. Minimum 5.5 in each category


‘Friends and teachers made studying here special. Teachers provide extra lessons and answered all of my questions and the time spent studying with my friends will always stay in my memory.

My dream is to start my own business. Abbey College Cambridge is a nice place, full of many brilliant people. I enjoyed studying here.’

Olga achieved an overall score of 82% on the Business Management and Economics pathway. She is now studying Business Management at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Study our popular Engineering Foundation Pathway Course

On our Engineering pathway you will focus on the building blocks of the discipline; Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. You will consider in detail; mechanics, electricity, magnetism, solids and fluids.

Module 1 Module 2 Module 3 Module 4
Chemistry Physics Mechanics Mathematics for Engineering


University Course Academic Requirements IELTS Requirements
University of Surrey Civil Engineering 75% in Mathematics 6.0 Overall
University of Bath Mechanical Engineering 85% Overall Score with 85% in Advanced Mathematics & Physics 6.5 Overall. Minimum 6.0 in each category
University of Leeds Mechanical Engineering 75% Overall Score with 75% in Advanced Mathematics & Physics 6.0 Overall. Minimum 5.5 in each category
Newcastle University Chemical Engineering 80% Overall with 80% in Chemistry & Advanced Mathematics 6.5 Overall. Minimum 5.5 in each category
University of Sheffield Software Engineering 80% Overall with 85% in Advanced Maths & Physics 6.5 Overall. Minimum 6.0 in each category


‘Teachers are always willing to help, my favourite memories will be just chilling with my friends. The experiences I’ve had will help me to pursue my career goals to the fullest of my abilities.’

Kenechi achieved an overall score of 72% on the Engineering pathway. He is now studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham.

BOARDING & Accommodation (IMAGES)

Purbeck House Studio Room
Purbeck House Split Apartment Bedroom
Purbeck House Split Apartment Lounge
Purbeck House Ensuite Bathroom
Tripos Court Standard Room
Tripos Court Large Room
Tripos Court Large Room
Tripos Court Shared Kitchen
Tripos Court Common Room
Abbey House Laundry Room

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Case Studies


  • Originally from Kazakhstan
  • Previous School: HAILEYBURY ALMATY
  • Destination: University of Warwick to study Psychology

A-level subjects taken at Abbey Cambridge:

  • Business Studies B
  • Psychology A
  • Russian A*

“The school has very good teaching standards and teachers provide very helpful lesson notes. I loved being the captain of my house and was very proud to be voted Business Studies student of the year. Outside of my studies I loved living in Purbeck House and hanging out with my friends.”


  • Originally from Kazakhstan
  • Destination: University of Durham to study Economics with management

Foundation subject taken at Abbey Cambridge: Foundation in business management and economics overall score 86%

“Teachers here are very good, they are good at what they do and know their subjects inside and out. They would give me lots of work to help me improve, and gave very specific feedback on how to be better. The staff are also very co-operative and understanding, I appreciate the mutual respect between staff and students.”


Our 2020/2021 fees are

College annual tuition fees annual boarding fees

(excluding home stay)

DLD College London £31,000 £18,900 – £29,400

Boarding/accommodation on campus

Abbey College Cambridge £31,150 £16,500 – £26,000

Boarding/accommodation on campus, 5 minutes, 15 minutes’ walk

Abbey College Manchester £24,675 £13,400

Boarding/accommodation within a 15 minutes’ walk

Other fees: registration fee – £500 and refundable deposit £2000 to guarantee the place.


  • Student Email Account and on-campus computer/Wi-Fi access
  • Entrance to academic challenges and competitions (Olympiads, AEA, UCAT etc)
  • Extra-Curricular Clubs, UCAS and University Application Support
  • Subject-related and some after school trips
  • Guardianship
  • Academic English Lessons and Support
  • Weekly linen and towel change, room cleaning
  • Full board meals seven days a week.

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Why study at Abbey DLD?

Many hundreds of international students join Abbey DLD every year to study and to succeed.

Our schools are proud to have an extremely high entry rate to universities each year, placing students at prestigious institutions in an incredibly wide range of disciplines.

Join us on an exciting journey in which we will support you, challenge you and encourage you to realise your personal and professional ambitions.


We are part of Alpha Plus Group and follow robust governance procedures. Our teachers are subject specialists, taught at top universities, and with extensive experience of teaching the UK currriculum. Our boarding  and pastoral staff are experienced and compassionate professionals


We offer personalised study support for every student, at every level. Our study support is designed to help you achieve top grades, and to secure your place at your first-choice university. Our lessons are lively and encourage students to discuss ideas, ask questions and to be involved in active learning.

Our unique university preparation programme provides dedicated time to prepare your university application and gain deeper level knowledge and skills in the areas that you are interested in studying at university. You will be asked to study outside of the curriculum and at a higher level. You will gain important transferable skills such as the ability to conduct research, work as a team, and present to an audience.

Our academic staff are here to help guide you through the UCAS admissions process, providing advice on completing your application form and writing your personal statement.

Expert Teachers

Many of our teachers have been educated at top universities, both in the UK and abroad, and we are fortunate to have both senior and assistant examiners in the staff body. Throughout your time at our schools you will be allocated a personal tutor. Students have daily access to a dedicated personal tutor to guide you through your studies.

At our schools we teach classes of mixed ability. Teachers will set different levels work across the class, monitor and support students at all levels of learning. We are continually developing our teachers to enable them to deliver this type of learning.

Small Classes

We believe that small classes and high quality teaching are the key to success. This approach is very personal and means that students are focused on their studies and are given lots of attention from teachers to maximise attainment and fulfil potential.

Individual Needs and pastoral care

Pastoral care of our students is a key strength of the College. We pride ourselves on the willingness of staff to understand the motivations and challenges that each student faces.

For boarders, our colleges are their home away from home, we strive to provide a caring, inclusive, and nurturing environment.


Across all 3 of our colleges, 42% of all A-Levels taken in 2019 were awarded A* or A grades. More than one third of our Foundation students achieved a Distinction, 42% of our BTEC students also achieved a Distinction. 36% of GCSEs taken by Abbey DLD students achieved grades 9-7.


Each of our students received personally tailored university application support and guidance to help them join the best possible university for them. More than 70 Abbey DLD students have joined Oxbridge college in recent years, 33 students progressed to a G5 university in 2019 (Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, LSE, and UCL). 19 Abbey DLD students progressed on to study medicine in 2019, the most competitive of all UK courses.


We have the best boarding rooms in the country. All of our accommodation is of the highest possible standard, and we offer a room and board options to suit any student requirement.

Our College catering team provides our students with daily fresh, nutritious meals and a range of healthy snack options. There is always a range of freshly cooked options, ranging from familiar tastes of home to exotic global cuisine.


Success in life comes from more than just exams so all students are encouraged to broaden their horizons beyond the classroom to develop new skills and broaden their outlook on life.

Taking part in clubs and activities outside of regular classes is a great way to meet new friends. It also allows you to develop and demonstrate a broad range of interests outside of your studies, something that all top universities look for in applicants.

Our diverse Enrichment Programme supports our academic curriculum and forms an integral part of the wider education and college experience offered to our students.

Wide range of sports from basketball and football to table tennis and Chess are organized at schools. We offer a range of musical activities designed to suit both experienced musicians and students who may never have picked up an instrument before.

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