Our partnership with the University of California stretches back and has enabled the thick end of 100 UCSD undergraduates to study at Cambridge in the last 5 years on the Pembroke-King’s Programme (PKP). PKP has always been an academically demanding programme attracting well qualified and high achieving students (the average GPA among c.700 PKP 2011 and 2012 participants is 3.67). To a certain extent participants are self-selecting PKP, but I want to keep pace with the rising academic standard by reaching out to this group of students with information about opportunities at Cambridge.
The primary vehicle is PKP, and of course we benefit from UCEAP which provides a tried and tested pathway and credit transfer process. I hope a PKP summer in Cambridge may therefore be of interest to your students, in particular Honors programme and high achieving students looking for a challenging and exciting academic experience to enhance their degree.
We will be offering c.50 courses in writing, science, business and management, history, English literature and linguistics, law, education, philosophy, architecture, art, film and international relations. Detailed course outlines and instructor biographies can be found on our website http://www.pem.cam.ac.uk/ip/pkp/academic/clusters/. In addition, students have the opportunity to undertake guided research one-to-one with a resident expert in a subject area of their choice in the form of a Cambridge-style supervision.
Applicants are eligible to apply for one of four PKP summer scholarships awarded annually by Pembroke College. In 2010, two students from UC San Diego both won scholarships, and one has recently been offered a PhD place at Cambridge. UC students also benefit from a Pembroke bursary fund enabling them to undertake the Cambridge supervision free of charge.