MORE CULTURE. LESS SHOCK. Programs, Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

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

About Pembroke and King's Colleges

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2 (4.0 scale)
  • Length of program: 8 weeks, late June to late August
  • Application deadlines: January 15 (This program is very competitive, early applications are strongly encouraged. Applicants must have a valid passport at the time of submission.)
  • Program advisor: Aimee Formo

Program Snapshot


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!

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
  • 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 have a day trip to London to see a production at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and visit museums and galleries


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Main lecture venue is the centrally located Engineering Faculty.

We look forward to working with you!



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.

How many courses do I take in the eight-week option?
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 four approximately 1,500 word essays during the supervision or, if their supervisor deems appropriate, a 5,000 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 in your student portal. The majority of supervision projects fall in the humanities and social sciences, but topics in the Sciences, Engineering, Law, Economics, Finance and Business have also sometimes been possible.  Please note that it is not normally possible to do lab-based science supervisions.

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, non-refundable tuition fee of about £800 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. In the event that a suitable supervisor cannot be identified you will have the option of modifying your proposed topic of research, or having the supervision fee refunded and registering for a third course.

Course Restrictions

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


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.


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.


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 appeal 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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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

Cambridge University
Visit Cambridge

Cambridgeshire Tourism
Cambridge Web Guide
Ely Online
Cambridgeshire News

Dates & Fees

Program Dates

Please wait... Please wait - Loading Dates...

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


Please wait... Please wait - Loading Fees...

What's included in our summer program fees
Expense calculator

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.

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 housing component of our program fee includes 10 meals per week.

If you apply to this program but later decide to withdraw, you must do so by March 10. The University of Cambridge will charge you the entire program fee if you fail to withdraw before this date.

Personal Cost Estimates

Please wait... Please wait - Loading Personal Costs...

Expense calculator

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. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out.  If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate.  If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.

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.

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:

aimeeProgram Advisor Aimee Formo is here to assist with the application process and to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Aimee completed her graduate degrees in History and Library Science at Indiana University, and her undergraduate degree in History at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. She studied abroad with R-MWC’s program at the University of Reading, where she focused on 19th century social reform movements. Aimee joined the IFSA- Butler team to aid students who want to study abroad and experience all that England has to offer. Aimee can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4253.

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 appeals. Rhonda completed her undergraduate coursework at the University of Evansville and received her master's degree from Bowling Green State University. She also has taken doctoral courses 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.

Get Connected

Connect with IFSA-Butler Students

If you really want to know what it's like to study abroad, connect with IFSA-Butler alumni and students who are currently abroad on an IFSA-Butler program. Check out the following:
Student Network
Student Blogs
Experiences Abroad Videos
For Students

Withdraw Policy

If you apply to this program but later decide to withdraw, you must do so by March 10. The University of Cambridge will charge you the entire program fee if you fail to withdraw before this date.

Institute for Study Abroad, Alliance For Global Education and MORE CULTURE. LESS SHOCK. are registered marks of the Institute for Study Abroad, Inc.