The Pembroke-King's Programme at the University of Cambridge

THE Cambridge summer PROGRamME hAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR 2021

October 2020 Update: PKP has cancelled their programme for 2021, we hope to return for Summer 2022.

The Pembroke-King’s College Programme at Cambridge University, United Kingdom, is a selective and prestigious program in which students can obtain upper-division elective honors courses that will count toward their major while fostering relationships with Cambridge faculty (from whom they will take their courses) and other participating students (who will come from all over the world).

For this highly competitive and prestigious program, students are required to have a GPA of 3.2 to be considered, and a GPA of 3.5 is recommended. Being accepted into this program is a great honor, but be aware that the coursework offered is very rigorous. You will be held to a standard higher than you may be accustomed to at UVU. You will be responsible to complete all course material and assignments by the dates this program sets. Only students who are serious about this program need apply.

Please read the following information about the UVU application process for the Cambridge program before reading anything else.

UVU application process

Initial meeting

All students who wish to participate in the Cambridge Summer Program (regardless of your financial aid status):
1. Contact  Dr. Greg Jackson (gjackson@uvu.edu) and speak with him about your suitability for this program.
2. Based on his recommendation, apply to the Cambridge program. (applications close early March 2021)

 

Office for Global Engagement documentation
If you are a good fit for the program, Dr. Jackson will advise you to contact Carlos Alarco in LA 111h so that he can advise you on GEO's pre-travel documentation and process:

 

  1. Fill out the Financial Aid Budget Form (for approved international programs). This form has to be taken to the Financial Aid Office to be completed.
  2. Pick up a copy of the Advanced Credit Approval Form. This form needs to be completed before you leave for Cambridge. 
  3. Complete the Study Abroad Program Application form. Choose Cambridge International Summer Prog from the drop-down menu.
  4. Complete online Safety Training.
  5. Sign and submit the Assumption of Risk & Release form.
  6. Sign and submit the Export Control form.
  7. Enroll in international insurance. (After your registration form is processed, you will receive an email from internationaltravel@uvu.edu which will guide you through the insurance enrollment process.) Note: Campus policy requires all persons traveling internationally on UVU business to purchase insurance through UVU's approved provider (approx $105). This insurance cost is nonrefundable and will be charged to you as a deposit that you will need to pay to confirm your commitment to participate in the program.
  8. Once all necessary paperwork has been completed, we will register you in nine credits of a UVU placeholder section. This section will be replaced by transfer credit when  UVU receives the transcripts from the program. Additional information will be sent via email.

 

Cost of program

This program, including tuition, housing, food, airfare, and transportation, can cost between $11,000 and $13,000. Financial aid may not cover all these expenses, and may not be available when the Cambridge fee is due, so make sure that you have adequate funding to cover the cost of the program.

 

Financial aid

The Financial Aid office will provide you with the following documents:

 

  1. The Student Certification Form, which needs to be signed and returned to the Financial Aid Office
  2. The Verification of Enrollment needs to be completed by someone at Cambridge and returned to the Financial Aid Office two weeks after you arrive there.
  3. The Progress Verification Form needs to be completed and returned two weeks before the program ends.

Note: It is your responsibility to complete the proper paperwork for the financial aid to be disbursed. Failure to return all documentation on time may result in your financial aid being withdrawn.

 

After the program

A few weeks after you have returned, UVU will receive the transcript for the courses you have taken while on the Cambridge Summer Program. Based on the transcript and the Advanced Credit Approval Form, you will receive credits for the courses you have passed.

 

Testimonials

Natalie Sullivan

I loved being a Pembroke-King’s student at Cambridge University. Cambridge is a beautiful place, and the program has a very strong "work hard-play hard" atmosphere. While studying at the university, I felt a strong sense of the historical atmosphere and respect for learning that it allowed me to really focus concentrate on my academics. At the same time, the program has so many fun activities and trips that I was always motivated to finish my work so I could join in. I made so many friends from all over the world and loved traveling with them on weekends or dining with them at formal halls. While on PKP, I was able to network and learn about tips on how to apply for many prestigious graduate study opportunities. One of my favorite memories was meeting a member of the Fulbright Program's Board of Directors while sitting down to breakfast one morning. He and others were able to help give me advice on my future academic goals. Additionally, I was able to build my connection to Cambridge through PKP's supervision option. My connection to Cambridge is something that does not end once the program is over. Being connected to such a prestigious university comes with an incredible alumni network that PKP students can take advantage of during and after the program. I am now in the process of applying for Fulbright, Gates, and Marshall scholarships. For those students looking to boost their resume in an international setting, PKP is definitely a fun program that provides an opportunity of a lifetime.

Rosely Zamora

I had an amazing time, better than I thought I would. At first, I was excited, nervous, and a little intimidated. I was excited for the opportunity to study at Cambridge, be abroad on my own, and make new friends. Intimidation came from the high caliber of students attending from elite schools. These students unknowingly made me realize my own hidden abilities. I often found myself in deep discussions about politics, religion, education, and my plans for the future. I developed lifelong friendships with students from all over the world and am forever grateful. Not only did I become more knowledgeable about others, cultures, religions, and languages, most importantly I learned a lot about myself. PKP provided several academic, sports, and historic activities that I attended to enhance my experience, and they did! I played squash, cricket, croquet, and went punting for the first time. I discovered I am quite good at tennis. Though all of these activities were fun, the equally important aspect of PKP were the courses. I took two classes, and my third was a supervision. Both courses were taught by experts in their fields who were insanely passionate about their fields — this of course made for the lectures and seminars to be interactive. From my academic work in PKP I will submit a few of my short research papers to journals and present my supervision paper at a conference. I was also invited by my supervision professor to visit her in New York in March while she is working at the U.N. and doing a fellowship at Harvard. This program has opened my eyes to several career and educational opportunities.

Nonnie Suso

My name is Nonnie Suso (integrated studies; philosophy and English), and when I heard that I had an opportunity to take courses at the University of Cambridge during my undergraduate career, I decided to jump on it. It was a rocky road between the day I applied and the first days of the program, but in the end I had no regrets. I took three philosophy courses (since that's what I study), and the formatting was fascinating (12 lectures and eight seminars). It was extremely condensed, with a lot of information in a very short time, and yet it didn't feel too overwhelming. I had many opportunities to travel around Cambridge and the U.K. Many of the museums, if not most, are free of charge, so I went to as many as I could. When I got into Cambridge, I felt as if I were transported in time — except for the fact that there were vehicles and people with contemporary clothing. It's a beautiful city, and one worth going to. I would recommend this program to every student that would enjoy studying abroad. I am grateful for all the support and encouragement that I got from my mentors at the Integrated Studies department and from my family.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Gregory Jackson, assistant professor of Integrated Studies, gjackson@uvu.edu.