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Study Abroad at Pembroke and King's Colleges, Cambridge University

About Pembroke and King's Colleges

  • Required GPA: 3.2 (4.0 scale)
  • Length of program: 8 weeks, late June to late August
    4 weeks, late June to late July (International Security only)
    4 weeks, late July to late August (Creative Writing only)
  • Application deadlines: March 1
  • Program advisor: David Watkins

Program Snapshot

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We’re so excited that you’re considering an IFSA-Butler program for your summer abroad and have chosen Cambridge University as your destination. We’re sure you’re going to love studying there!

There are a few specific forms for this program that you will need to complete along with your IFSA-Butler application. You can find the forms under the Forms tab.

What Pembroke and King's has to offer

  • Challenging academics at one of the best universities in the world
  • Summer program designed for international students but taught by regular Cambridge faculty
  • Students choose between full eight-week program or four-week tracks in International Security and Intelligence or Creative Writing
  • Variety of activities and excursions organized by resident advisors and teaching assistants
  • Easy access to all that Cambridge has to offer, including punting (boating), sports, barbecues and visits to restaurants, pubs, theatres, cinemas and art galleries
  • Students on the eight-week program have a day trip to London to see a production at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and visit museums and galleries
  • The eight-week program includes a four-day trip to Edinburgh, with dinner on the first night, transportation and accommodation at a bed and breakfast

Housing

  • Housing (usually single rooms) in Pembroke College or nearby King’s College
  • Housing is a short three-minute walk from the center of the city
  • A meal plan (10 light meals per week) included in the program fee
  • Formal Hall, a formal, candlelit meal as it’s been served for centuries, is offered every other week for the eight-week program

Academics

  • For the eight-week program, choose three courses or two courses and a supervision for a total of 12 U.S. semester credit hours.
  • Courses are broken into two four-week modules, with some eight-week courses that run through both modules.
  • Students can opt for four-week tracks that focus on International Security and Intelligence or Creative Writing, each worth 6 U.S. semester credit hours. Please see the "Specialized Tracks" tab for more information on these options.


We look forward to working with you!

Academics

Courses

Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
Note: An updated list of courses usually is not available until early December.

  1. For the eight-week program, open the Pembroke and King's College online course catalog.
  2. Module 1 and 2 courses are four weeks in duration. Module 3 courses are eight weeks. Each course is worth 4 U.S. credit hours.
  3. To read more about the four-week International Security and Intelligence or Creative Writing options, view the Specialized Tracks tab.

How many courses do I take in the eight-week option?
For the eight-week program, students will take three courses and may choose any one of the following course combinations:

  • One course from Module 1, one course from Module 2 and one course from Module 3
  • Two courses from Module 3 and one course from Module 1 or 2
  • Two courses from Module 1 and one course from Module 2
  • One course from Module 1 and two courses from Module 2
  • Three Module 3 courses

What courses am I eligible to take?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see above) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course.

What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.

When can I choose my courses?
An updated list of available courses will be available online in early December. You do not need to select your courses at this time; your program advisor will contact you when it is time to register using the Pembroke-King's online system.

What is the supervision option?
Students have the option of taking a supervision option in lieu of one class. This option allows students to experience the traditional Cambridge tutorial system. A faculty member will work directly with students interested in the same subject area in small, weekly supervision meetings. Frequently the supervision is related to or expands on a subject area offered in another summer course on the program, but this is not required. Students are expected to complete a series of research-based papers during the supervision or a longer 10,000-15,000 word dissertation. The tutorial system is academically demanding but can be quite rewarding for the right student.

Students who would like to participate in the supervision option must write a proposal for their subject area outlining their proposed course of study. The Supervision Request Form can be found under the "Forms" tab.

Because Cambridge must organize a supervisor for any proposed supervisions, students may not know if they have been granted a supervision until they arrive on campus. Cambridge charges an additional tuition fee of about £450 for the supervision option. This fee will be charged in addition to the IFSA-Butler tuition fees. If a supervision is organized for you, you are obligated to participate, and you may not drop the supervision in favor of a regular summer class.

Additionally, Cambridge has already created two formalized track options from two of their supervisions. For more information on these, please see the Specialized Tracks tab; these tracks can be taken as stand-alone four-week programs, or as part of the eight-week program replacing one of your three courses for an additional tuition of about £450.


Course Restrictions

Students must meet the prerequisites for the courses in which they wish to enroll.

Click here for information on timetable clashes.

Credits

How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. At Pembroke and King’s College, a full course load for the eight-week program is 12 U.S. semester credit hours; this consists of three classes or two classes plus a supervision, in lieu of one class. The number of courses you take depends on the individual credit value of the courses you select.

The International Security and Intelligence and Creative Writing options are worth 6 U.S. semester credit hours for students enrolled in the four-week program or as part of the eight-week program.

Registration

What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full Pembroke and King’s Colleges course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A–F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.

You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.

You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. You will formally register online before you depart the U.S.

Exams

What do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university’s policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting an academic record query or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.

Transcripts

How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at Pembroke and King’s Colleges. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.

Specialized Tracks

What are the tracks?
Cambridge has created two formalized track options. They can be taken as stand-alone four-week programs, or as part of the eight-week program replacing one of your three courses.

For students participating in the full eight-week Pembroke & King's Program, Cambridge charges an additional tuition fee of about £450 for the supervision option. For students participating in either of the four-week programs, the supervision fee is included in the tuition for the program found under the "Dates & Fees" tab. If you are interested in either of these specialized tracks as part of the full eight-week program or as stand-alone four-week programs, please complete the Supervision Request Form found under the "Forms" tab.

What topics are covered in each track?
Creative Writing: Led by the National Academy of Writing's Director Richard Beard, this session will explore aspects of effective narrative writing, from the generation of ideas to methodologies for editing. It is designed for those with at least some background in creative writing who are looking for inspiration from a course focused on the practice and art of writing. For more information on the academics of the Creative Writing track, click here.

International Security and Intelligence: Led by Dr. Michael Goodman and Lt. Cdr. David Gioe, this session will explore the role of intelligence and security agencies in a democratic society, applying the twin principles of intelligence and security to 21st century problems. With an emphasis on contemporary and future challenges and practice, this topic will appeal to those with a professional or academic interest in statecraft and the interlocking themes of intelligence, security, defense and foreign policy formation and implementation. For more information on the academics of the International Security and Intelligence track, click here.

Can I combine a track with my other courses?
Some of the options timetable together, but there are some clashes. Please click here to view the details.

What is a supervision?
Supervisions are at the heart of the traditional Cambridge learning system. A faculty member will work directly with students interested in the same subject area in small, weekly supervision meetings. Students are expected to complete a series of research-based papers during the supervision or a longer 10,000-15,000 word dissertation. The supervision system is academically demanding but a great way to exchange academic ideas with other students and a faculty expert. The two tracks are formalized supervisions.

Housing

Housing Options

What are my housing options?
Housing (usually single rooms) is in Pembroke College or nearby King's College, just a short three-minute walk from the center of the city. A meal plan (10 light meals per week) included in the program fee.

For students on the eight-week program, Formal Hall, a formal, candlelit meal as it's been served for centuries, is offered every other week.

Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.

Meals

Is there a meal plan?
Yes. Included in the program are meal points for breakfast and one additional meal per weekday, or 10 meals per week. You can spend this credit how and when you like. If you use all of your points before the end of the summer, you can pay for meals using cash.

For students on the eight-week program, Formal Hall, a formal, candlelit meal as it's been served for centuries, is offered every other week.

Housing FAQs

Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for the cost of your meals (other than those included in the program) and any commuting costs you may incur.

When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in England for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.

Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.

Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
No. Summer students are not required to pay a housing deposit.

Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you’ve made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.

Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.

Location

Living and Studying Abroad in Cambridge, England

About Cambridge
Population: 100,000
Location: One hour northeast of London

City features

  • A lively market town with wide stretches of green along the River Cam
  • Punting (boating) on the Cam, a university tradition
  • Good pubs throughout the city
  • Located in the heart of Silicon Fen, a high-technology center

Do more!

  • Soak up the Tudor atmosphere of the nearby historic town of Saffron Walden
  • Travel north to visit one of Europe's finest Gothic cathedrals at Ely
  • Go cycling or hiking in the Fens, a marsh area just to the north
  • Catch a train to Norwich, about an hour away, to visit the beautiful coastal region
  • Take a train to central London, just an hour away

Links
Cambridge University
Visit Cambridge
Cambridgeshire Tourism
Cambridge Web Guide
Ely Online
Cambridgeshire News

Dates & Fees

Program Dates

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Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.

Program housing is available only until the day shown on the calendar as “Program ends.”

Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed.  

Program Fees

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What's included in our summer program fees
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Payment Due: May 15

Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.

Housing
The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.

**The program fee includes 10 meals per week.

If you apply to this program but later decide to withdraw, you must do so by May 1. The University of Cambridge will charge you the entire program fee if you fail to withdraw before this date.

Personal Cost Estimates

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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.

The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.

**Meals: The housing component of our program fee includes 10 meals per week.

Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.

All costs are in U.S. dollars.

Forms

To apply to the Pembroke and King's Colleges summer program, use our easy online application.

Applicants to the Pembroke and King's summer program must complete additional forms as part of the application process:

We must receive these materials before we can send your application to Pembroke and King's for an admissions decision. They can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail. Please submit these forms with the remainder of your program application.

If you have already started an application to the Pembroke and King's summer program, you can track which forms IFSA-Butler has received by logging into the student portal.


Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in England:

altProgram Advisor David Watkins assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. David can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4229. David graduated from the University of Cincinnati with bachelor’s degrees in international affairs and political science. He studied abroad in France, Israel and the West Bank, and began a study abroad program with IFSA-Butler in Egypt during the spring of 2011. After political evacuation from Egypt, he continued his studies in Morocco. David currently advises students planning on studying abroad in England and Australia.


altStudent Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.

 

 

 

altStudent & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.



Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our resident directors. Click here to read more about Resident Directors Lynne Alvarez and Andrew Williams.


altUpon return from your study abroad program, Assistant Director for Academic Affairs Rhonda Hinkle processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record queries. Rhonda completed her undergraduate coursework at the University of Evansville and received her master's degree from Bowling Green State University. Currently she is working on her Doctorate in Adult, Community and Higher Education at Ball State University. For Rhonda, study abroad not only increased her awareness of the world around her but also ignited her passion for travel and education. Rhonda can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4259.

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Connect with IFSA-Butler Students

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Withdraw Policy

If you apply to this program but later decide to withdraw, you must do so by May 1. The University of Cambridge will charge you the entire program fee if you fail to withdraw before this date.

 
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