Study Abroad Program Overview
The Pembroke-King's Summer program (PKP) offers an exceptional opportunity for undergraduates to experience Cambridge student life over a six-week summer program. Experience the unique 'Cambridge' style teaching in small groups with a focus on intense classroom interaction, discussion and individual feedback and support.
Living in Pembroke or King's Colleges in the town center, you select three courses from subjects in the Economics, Business, Finance, Management, Social Sciences, Sciences, Maths and Arts and Humanities.A special feature of the program is the chance to participate in excursions and cultural programs led by Cambridge University students (Program Assistants). Optional social activities and a series of Plenary Lectures are offered for cultural and academic enrichment at no additional cost. Spend your summer studying at the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world.
In recognition and celebration of its long association with the University of California (UC), Pembroke College offers up to six scholarships each year, in the form of £1,000 tuition waivers, to current UC undergraduate students. In order to apply, the completed scholarship application form should be uploaded onto the online application system by 5.00pm UK time, Friday 22nd March, 2019. Click on the link below for more information.
PKP Scholarship Application Form 2019.pdf
Orientation at Pembroke-King's College Summer Program, at the University of Cambridge:
- Enjoy an evening welcome buffet on arrival day and pickup a welcome pack containing your timetable, student handbook and other important information
- Meet the International Programs team, college Nurse, Head Porter, Housing and IT staff and the Program Assistants (currrent Cambridge students who will help you throughout PKP)
- Meet the head porter, college nurse, housing and IT officers, and especially the Program Assistants (all Cambridge students who will help you during the entire program)
- Meet and bond with other international students
- Get a "swipe" card to access gym, library, computer lab, and cafeteria
- Receive guidance on how to register your courses with both the host university and UC, to make sure you receive UC credit for courses taken abroad
- Learn what to do in matters of health, safety, emergency
- Library inductions
- Pick up your key and be shown to your accomodation
- Find out about films, theater, music, sport, travel, shopping at the Societies Fair
Participation in orientation sessions and events is mandatory; missing them could result in dismissal from the program.
Students attend classes with international students.
Language of Instruction
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
Early July to mid August
Accommodation is offered in the historic Pembroke and King’s Colleges and their student residences (also known as hostels). All accommodation is within 5-25 minutes walking distance of each other and teaching venues. Rooms are single occupancy and bedding and towels are provided. A weekly room cleaning service is included in the accommodation fee as well as a daily communal area cleaning service. All rooms have Internet connections and shared kitchens, but there are no phones in the rooms.
All housing is equally nice, centrally located and conveniently situated, but not identical. There will be differences in room size, amenities and view. You will choose your accommodation online after acceptance by Pembroke/King’s College; their website has room descriptions and prices. There are four bands of accommodation and the number of rooms in each band is limited, so availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Housing costs must be paid in full by you directly to Pembroke/King’s College before you can register for classes.
You will be issued a “swipe” card credited with a food allowance to cover approximately ten light meals per week. Meals are available Monday through Friday and on Sunday.
More information on Housing
PKP is not all about studying and current Cambridge students act as Programme Assistants (PAs) to organise a wide variety of daily activities. From Cambridge classic such as croquet and punting on the river Cam to film night and sports, you’ll be kept up to date with a weekly bulletin outlining the activities the PAs have organised for the following week.
A highlight for many students on PKP is the three formal halls which are also attended by summer program lecturers and programme assistants. Beginning with a drinks reception, the three-course candle-lit dinner often epitomises the Cambridge student experience as they reflect centuries old Cambridge tradition. The dress code for these dinners is formal.
Students are also invited to attend a series of plenary lectures throughout the program which are available at no extra cost, providing outstanding academic enrichment. The lectures are given by eminent specialists in their field.
Optional side trips are organised by staff and notice of these trips is posted during the programme. You must sign up by a deadline and pay directly for them. Past UCEAP participants praised these trips and suggest budgeting around $200 to take full advantage of all offerings.
Participating in extracurricular cultural and social activities while on UCEAP is an excellent way to meet people and integrate more fully into the community. Join clubs, sports, music/theater/arts groups; attend lectures and receptions held in academic and community circles, and get the most out of your time abroad. It is sometimes difficult for UCEAP summer students to find and participate in activities, but it can be done. You do not live with, or attend class with, British students. You will receive information after arrival on options available, but you also need to make an effort to locate other options and participate in as many activities as possible. Interaction in the community is the only way to get to know British people, and UCEAP students who have joined clubs, played sports, attended religious services, and participated in local events have tremendously increased their enjoyment of the program.
Visa regulations prohibit students from any kind of work, including volunteer work, unless the Tier 4 Student Visa is obtained before departure for the U.K. Summer programs will not issue the CAS number required to apply for this visa, so do not plan to work or do any volunteer work while in the U.K.
EAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. UC faculty and local staff abroad help students integrate into the culture of their host country and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the EAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
Students attend classes for the full six weeks and select courses from a wide range of offerings within the humanities, social sciences, science, business, law, and arts. Some courses take place over three weeks (Module 1 in July, and Module 2 in August) while other courses are spread over the full six weeks of the program (Module 3). Students must take three courses and may choose any one
of the following course combinations:
- One Module 3 course, one Module 1 course and one Module 2 course
- Two Module 3 courses and one Module 1 or Module 2 course
- Two Module 1 courses and one Module 2 course
- One Module 1 course and two Module 2 courses
- Three Module 3 courses
All students are required to take three courses (5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units each). If you are interested in replacing one of your 5-unit courses with Supervision, see Research and Independent Study below.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on EAP:
- See the host institution online catalogue or course listings for course descriptions.
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered. Courses that have not yet been taken for credit will not appear in the MyEAP Course Catalog.
Students may submit a proposal to replace one lecture course with a Cambridge-style tutorial course known as a Supervision (similar to a UC independent study) that earns 5 quarter units. Supervision proposals must be submitted via the PKP website by the indicated deadline. Additional fees apply.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: 15 quarter/10 semester UC units; three courses. You may take one course P/NP.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships are not possible through this program. Students who want to do research and independent study, should consider enrolling in Supervision. Supervision is modeled after the unique Cambridge/Oxford way of teaching that involves a minimum of contact hours but a very flexible student effort. The reward of supervision is intellectual and experiential, and you earn 5 UC quarter units independent of how many hours you might spend researching a topic beyond what is required. Supervision is a great way for you to get a taste of independent learning you would probably not encounter in the U.S. until graduate school.
Arrangements are made before arrival at the host institution. Topics may vary widely, but past students have earned UC credit while examining political theories and principles of justice and liberty, and writing research papers on the modern conjunction of cultural, political, and social concerns of the late 19th century as well as contemporary political philosophy and the history of political thought.
Note: Students participating in Supervision are assessed an additional £700.00. The additional cost is added to your overall UCEAP fees and considered for financial aid.
Pembroke/King’s College, University of Cambridge
The University of Cambridge has a worldwide reputation for outstanding academic achievement and high-quality research undertaken in a wide range of science, humanities, and social science subjects. Pembroke College offers the experience of living and working in a Cambridge college environment and works in partnership with King’s College to provide accommodation and resources.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
|Summer||6 - 6||15||10||$10,500||$6,450|
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Cost of attending the host university
- On-site orientation including program excursions
- Room and board
- Optional excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Local transportation
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Click here for the application for Pembroke College, Cambridge Scholarship
Study abroad scholarships for United Kingdom (England & Scotland)
AASAP Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship
BUTEX North American Scholarship Program
The British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) awards scholarships to undergraduates from the USA or Canada to study at a BUTEX-affiliated UK university for a semester or year. Scholarships provide £500. Find out more.
Snowdon Awards Scheme for Students with Disabilities
This program provides funding for students with a physical or sensory disability who are studying at a college or university in the UK. Grants of up to £2,500 are awarded to help cover disability-related costs. Find out more
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
3.20 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.GPA Note
: A UC minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20 is required.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the International Summer School, Pembroke/King's College (PKP), University of Cambridge.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines:
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