IFSA - UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE, PEMBROKE COLLEGE PARTNERSHIP
WHY STUDY IN CAMBRIDGE?
Founded as lively market town with wide stretches of green along the River Cam, Cambridge is now a quintessential university town with history and charm. The city skyline is dotted with college spires, medieval buildings, and traditional English architecture. The university’s 31 colleges provide a steady stream of entertainment and social events seven days a week, with central London just an hour away by train.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
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.
There are no traditional classes at the University of Cambridge. Rather, Cambridge has the supervision system, which is a weekly one-on-one, or in a small group, with your supervisor, in which you discuss your work and the topics that you are studying, ask questions, and receive feedback. Students typically take two courses, called ‘papers’ at Cambridge per semester. Each paper typically consists of eight hour-long supervisions. A course of lectures also supplements your supervisions for each paper, and your supervisor will advise you about which lectures you should attend.
You may study in one of the following departments:
CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
- Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Studies
- Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
- History of Art
- Modern and Medieval Languages
- Human, Social, and Political Science (Political Science, International Affairs, Anthropology)
- Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion
Program activities are designed to enhance your intercultural competence by developing your understanding of the local culture and people. Activities are optional, but they are included in your total program fee. Besides regular check-ins and Roadmap meetings, IFSA staff will coordinate group visits to Cambridge-area sites of cultural and historic significance. You may also participate London-based activities, either virtually or in-person if you’d like to travel to London. Activities vary each term based on availability, but activities may include:
- London Pandemics - Past and Present
- Doctors Without Borders and Doctors Without Countries
- Community Environment Initiatives & Urban Farming in London
- Homelessness in London - A Dialogue
IFSA excursions are included in your total program fee and though these are optional, most students choose to participate. They vary each term based on availability, but excursions may include:
- City of Bath Tour
- Dover Castle Tour
- Seaside Brighton Trip
- Harry Potter Studio Tour
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN MY IFSA PROGRAM?
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- Academic Support
- Administrative Fees and Applications Fees
- Airport Pickup
- Activities and Excursions (including transportation and meals)
- Guaranteed Housing
- International Medical Insurance
- Internet Access in Housing
- Internship, Directed Research, and Volunteer Opportunities (on many programs)
- Meals (on some programs)
- Official Transcript with U.S. Credit Translation
- On-site Orientation
- On-site Staff Support (including in-person meetings and emergencies)
- Pre-arrival Advising
Cambridge University is one of the crown jewels of the English university system. It welcomes students from all over the world into its 800-year-old academic tradition. The Cambridge system is ideal for hard-working, focused students who are passionate about academics and who crave an intellectual challenge.
Cambridge University is a federation of individual colleges. Each college has its own tutors, administrators, grounds, residence halls, and traditions. While each college monitors students' academic progress and personal welfare, Cambridge University conducts degree examinations, confers degrees, organizes lectures, and maintains museums, libraries, laboratories, and lecture halls.
The faculties of the university are responsible for teaching and scholarship within their disciplines and provide tutors to students within their disciplines in the colleges. During a supervision, your instructor can help you clarify points from lectures, give criticism on your essays, debate ideas, and point you toward research materials. In general, Cambridge colleges restrict Visiting Students to one subject.
The hallmark of Cambridge University 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.
Cambridge 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.
The IFSA-Butler program at Cambridge University is a Visiting Student program, which means that students are considered full members of both the college that accepts them and Cambridge University. Visiting Students have unrestricted access to all University facilities, including the renowned University Library, and with the exception of varsity sports, they may join any club, association, or sport offered at the University or collegiate level. Visiting Students live in housing owned and assigned by their college and eat meals in the college dining hall.