Great Travel and Cultural Experience, Mediocre College Experience Past Review

By (International Relations, Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/14/2018 to 06/22/2018 with

University of Cambridge, Pembroke College: Cambridge - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The biggest thing I learned was how to manage my time. Because assignments are given in supervision and lectures are optional, there is a lot of time on one's hands. So it's really up to the individual to figure out when to do the assigned readings/essays.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The University of Cambridge Pembroke College Spring Semester Programme reduced the number of papers (courses) that the visiting students take across both terms. The university system works on a trimester term system and the spring allows visiting students to experience two terms. Normally, full-year Cambridge students take 3-4 papers for the full year across the three terms. However, this programme only allowed us to take one paper per term. While condensed, it was not enough course-work and the Pembroke international office would not allow the option to take on another paper. But, it also really depends on the supervisor you get for the term as they could either be extremely rigorous with essays/p-sets every week or chill with a few assignments here and there.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I don't know what they really do. I don't see them often. I would say that their first-week orientation was really nice and very detailed. However, I would say that they are kind of stingy. The 2 field trips they hosted (and suggested we try the local afternoon teas there) did not cover food.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Housing was great, especially in the Bateman Appartments! The housekeepers were very nice and cleaned the rooms once a week, the kitchen twice a week, and the bathrooms every-day.

* Food:

Food was great. Pembroke College had some of the best food among all the colleges in Cambridge!!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It's really what you make of it. I made great friends amongst the other visiting student.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

N/A but it seemed accessible... except on Sundays.

* Safety:


If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Cambridge was a great city - lots of restaurants, clubs, activities, and people etc. Social life with the local students is really what you make of it. Initially, it's a bit difficult because lectures are optional and in big lecture halls, where not a lot of interaction happens. However, once you start talking to people and do enough digging on facebook for clubs, its much easier to socialize with the local students. It's a beautiful town full of character and it's really easy to get to London Center and Stansted Airport. One point: the academics weren't as rigorous as Wellesley (granted it is a study abroad but you'd expect Cambridge - a world-class university - to be rigorous... especially with the 3.8 GPA requirement... which you don't need to be successful here)


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

In general, the UK is expensive. The food at the college dining hall was relatively well priced.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $300


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Formal Halls!
  • Traveling!
* What could be improved?
  • Pembroke College's Study Abroad Office Field Trips
  • Academics
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It's really difficult to get to/fro Heathrow or Gatwick.