IFSA University of Cambridge, Pembroke College Partnership

Cambridge, England


Fall, Spring
Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite


Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: May 1
  • Spring: May 1
Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About University of Cambridge, Pembroke College

Study at one of Cambridge's oldest colleges, in the nexus of historic methods and cutting-edge research. You will have unparalleled access to experts in your discipline in the halls of Pembroke College.

University of Cambridge, Pembroke College Benefits

  • Rolling admission from January 1 - May 1 for both fall and spring terms. Apply early!
  • Classic tutorial-based supervisions allow you to delve deeply into your subject area
  • The small group (2 or 3 students) teaching format means that your syllabus is flexible based on your interests, allowing for great academic freedom and research possibilities
  • Study with the best students where admission is extremely competitive

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at University of Cambridge, Pembroke College Partnership

Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the Cambridge Pembroke College Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

There are no traditional classes at Cambridge University. Rather, Cambridge has the Tripos system, which encompasses three components: lectures, supervisions and exams. Students typically have one supervision per term, attend lectures throughout the terms and take exams at the end of the year. 

Students applying for Pembroke College may study in one of the following departments:
  • Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Studies
  • Classics
  • Economics
  • English Language and Literature
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Human, Social, and Political Science (Political Science, International Affairs, Anthropology)

If you are accepted to study at Pembroke College, a head tutor will contact you to discuss your supervision topic for your first term. You will submit your supervision preferences shortly after admission, but these topics cannot be guaranteed or arranged until a student is able to meet in person with the Director of Studies. Explore the course overview booklet for more information.

Withdrawal from this program after acceptance of an admissions offer is a very bad idea, as the cancellation policy is very strict. No exceptions are granted, even for illness or other unforseen circumstances.

Please review all your syllabi and course materials when you are registering for classes (both pre-arrival and on-site). Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee that is disclosed in the syllabus or first meeting of class. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

Course Restrictions
Because of the highly individualized nature of the Cambridge supervision system, visiting students' supervisions cannot be finalized until their arrival at Pembroke. Applicants may specify only the general subject they intend to study at Pembroke. In addition, visiting students generally are permitted to study only one subject area while at Pembroke, although they will complete research and have supervisions in several topics within that subject.
The hallmark of University of Cambridge academics is the supervision system. The supervision is typically a one-hour meeting between one or two students and the tutor. Supervisions usually meet once a week or every other week, and at the center of the supervision is an essay on a topic the tutor previously assigned. The tutor will lead a discussion about the essay topic in an effort to provide new insights. At the end of the supervision, the tutor will assign a new topic and may offer recommended reading. The University organizes formal weekly lectures on myriad academic subjects, and all students at the University, regardless of college, are welcome to attend. Tutors often recommend them as good supplements to supervisions and research. At Cambridge you'll be expected to do much more work on your own and think more independently than in most other teaching methods. Your tutor is there to guide your studies, rather than to feed you facts and information, and this provides the opportunity for intensive academic study under a unique and prestigious system.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. credit system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at University of Cambridge, Pembroke College Partnership
Ancient History Anthropology Archaeology Art History Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Business Classics Community Studies Cultural Studies Economics English Equine Studies European History History International Studies/Affairs/Relations Literature Mathematics Medieval History Middle Eastern Studies Philosophy Philosophy of Science Policy Studies/Public Policy Political Science Population Studies/Demography Religious Studies Rhetoric Social Policy Sociology Theater/Drama Theology World History

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Residence Hall/Dormitory
You can prepare your own meals in a shared kitchen or three meals per day are offered on a pay-per-meal basis in the Pembroke dining hall.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

Resident Director

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Andrew Williams

Senior Resident Director, Cambridge, Oxford and Wales Programs

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Academic Affairs Director

Dates and Fees

Spring 2021

Program Dates

Program Start Date
Mid-January 2021
Program End Date
Mid-June 2021

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Coming Soon
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs

Fall 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
September 4, 2020
Program End Date
December 11, 2020

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs