CAMBRIDGE: Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

Cambridge, England

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  • Summer 2 Semester - Late June - Late August

Application Deadline

  • Summer 2 Semester - For Summer 2, 2015- Feb 1, 2015


Study Abroad Coordinator: Lane Marder (

The Pembroke-Kings Programme (PKP) offers an exceptional opportunity to experience Cambridge student life over eight weeks, the length of a regular undergraduate term. Living in Pembroke or Kings Colleges, students choose three classes from the around thirty to forty on offer, including courses in the arts, social sciences, humanities and sciences. Courses are taught in the main by Cambridge-affiliated faculty and are academically 'Cambridge' in style, content and standard. Students can also apply to take a supervision, in which an individual student meets with a professor weekly to work on a series of research-based papers, or a longer dissertation, in the students major subject area.


Over the summer students choose three courses from a wide selection on offer in the arts, social sciences, humanities and sciences. All courses are worth the same number of credits and consist of 12 lectures and 8 seminars, with each teaching session lasting 1.25 hours. Some courses take place over four weeks (Module 1 in July, and Module 2 in August) while other courses are spread over the full eight weeks of the programme (Module 3). In addition to the regular schedule of courses, the Pembroke-King's Programme hosts a number of plenary lectures in the evenings which supplement and enhance the academic experience. These talks are followed by drinks and an informal question and answer session, and are open to all students on the programme. In 2009, International Programmes was delighted to welcome Sir Richard Dearlove (Master of Pembroke College and former head of MI6), Professors Jonathan Steinberg and Nick Davies, and Dr Stephen Alford, speaking on such subjects as national security in the twenty-first century, war crimes trials, Darwin and cuckoos and the secret service in Elizabethan England. Students must take three courses and may choose any one of the following course combinations:

    • One 8-week course and one 4-week course from the first module and one 4-week course from the second module
    • Two 8-week courses and one 4-week course from the first or second module
    • Two 4-week courses from the first module and one 4-week course from the second module
    • One 4-week course from the first module and two 4-week courses from the second module

Students are free to mix and match courses organised in the following eight subject clusters: Writing and Art, Sciences, Economics, History, English, Philosophy and Political Thought, History of Art and Architecture, and Politics and International Relations. In addition it is possible to substitute a supervision in the students major area of study for one of the taught courses. Students enroll in 3 courses and transfer back to NU 12 credits.

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Pembroke has a long and distinguished history. Its poets and politicians, its mathematics and its music, have won the College a reputation for various distinction. Pembroke is also well known for relaxed but disciplined achievement, in academic life and beyond. Pembroke today is committed to building on those traditions of diversity in excellence. The College site, a quiet and welcoming series of open courts built around beautiful gardens, is an important part of this story. A tour might include the Old Library, parts of which date from the fourteenth century, and Christopher Wren's baroque chapel. Foundress Court, completed in 1997 to mark the College's six hundred and fiftieth anniversary, provides a new Master's Lodge and modern accommodation for ninety undergraduates. Alfred Waterhouse's Victorian Library has recently undergone imaginative renovation and expansion, to meet the needs of a new century. But the real heart of the College remains the people who live and work in this environment. Pembroke is, in Cambridge terms, a medium-sized College. Our students - numbering some four hundred and twenty undergraduates, and two hundred graduates - ensure that there is nothing average about the range of talents on display here, drawn from every kind of background and from all over the world. What unites them with Pembroke's sixty-five Fellows and a notably friendly College staff is membership of a College that shares a common conviction. Excellence, whether in the laboratory or library or in any of the arenas represented on these pages, always requires and repays an individual's passion. But it also thrives on encouragement; and sometimes it needs the kind of pastoral care or financial support, administered with an eye for individual need, that Pembroke is committed to provide. People excel at Pembroke because they feel at home here, and continue to do so, whatever their talents, and wherever their talents take them in after years.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 3.2
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility
  • Rising juniors/middlers or above
  • Rising sophomores can apply; however, must submit an additional personal statement

Application Procedure

    • Completed OISP Application form
    • Online Pembroke College Application (available on-line )

      Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • 1 Academic Letter of Recommendation
    • 1 Passport-size photo
    • Official Transcript
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
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Summer 2 2015: $17,007.50

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 12 NU credits ($16, 732.50) and 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($275). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution.  Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


Accommodation is offered in Cambridge College student residences. With their extensive gardens and quiet courtyards, Pembroke and Kings Colleges are beautiful places to live and work. All students on the Pembroke-Kings Programme are housed in single-occupancy rooms with washbasins, internet access, cleaning service and shared laundry facilities and kitchens, for making snacks and drinks between meals, and usually shared bathrooms. Rooms are banded in price according to location and amenities. The majority of meals are taken at the Pembroke and King's College cafeterias and the partial meal plan included in the cost of the accommodation provides students with sufficient credit for approximately ten meals per week. We have found that students often go away on the weekends, and sometimes eat out at restaurants in the evenings, so the meal plan is designed to cover two meals per day during the school week. This will usually mean breakfast and one of either lunch or dinner, but there is flexibility in the plan so that students can choose to eat meals at different times or on the weekends if they find themselves in Cambridge. Both colleges offer a wide variety of breakfast items, ranging from toast, croissants and cereal, to yoghurts, fruit and even to a full English Breakfast, including eggs, sausages, bacon, baked beans and tomatoes. For lunch and dinner there are always fish, meat and vegetarian options, together with an array of vegetable side dishes and dessert choices. Dining is an important part of College life. Over the summer students will be able to attend five College dinners known as Formal Halls, and these often have interesting menus. These three-course candlelit meals are enjoyed in a beautiful dining hall with fellow students, faculty and PAs, and are a Cambridge tradition dating back hundreds of years.


Cambridge is a delight to visit in any season: relax in its many restaurants and cafes whilst exploring the independent shops around the historic market place. There are brand new shopping areas too, with all the high street favourites that you would expect. Be inspired by the museums and art galleries; spot the stars of the future at a student theatrical production, or see a show at the Arts Theatre. Cambridge is easy to get to by road, rail or air - just 50 minutes from central London and 20 minutes from London Stansted Airport.