Spend your Junior year studying at Oxford. Since fall of 1996, a select group of Illinois Wesleyan students has had the opportunity to study for the year at Pembroke College, Oxford University, as part of the Pembroke Visiting Student Program. Pembroke, with a total undergraduate enrollment of just over 400, accepts approximately 40 visiting students annually from a select group of US colleges and universities. Among these schools are Barnard, Columbia, Brown, Penn, Cornell, Harvard, Bryn Mawr, Tufts, Duke, Georgetown, Vassar, and George Washington.
Oxford, with its origins in the 12th century, is the oldest British university and has for centuries been an internationally renowned center of learning.
From the early days of the University, Broadgates Hall, from which Pembroke College was founded, existed as a hostel for law students. In 1624, King James I signed the letters patent to create the present college. One of the 38 colleges that constitute Oxford University, Pembroke College is named for William Herbert, third Earl of Pembroke (1580-1630).
Notable alumni include JRR Tolkien, who was a Fellow and Professor and Anglo-Saxon at Pembroke; the famed lexicographer Dr. Samuel Johnson; James Smithson, whose bequest led to the foundation of the Smithsonian Institute; and Senator J. William Fulbright, who established the Fulbright Program for the international educational exchange for scholars, educators, graduate students, and professionals.
- Declared major
- 3.7 minimum GPA
- Sophomore standing at time of application
- Cannot be on academic or social probation
- IWU account must not be in arrears
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The academic year at Oxford is divided into three 8-week terms. These terms are known as Michaelmas Term (October–early December), Hilary Term (January–early March), and Trinity Term (April–mid-June). Pembroke College only admits Visiting Students for the full academic year: it is not possible to study for just one or two Oxford terms. Because terms in Oxford are short, they are also intensive, but students do enjoy a 6-week break between each term.
Students participating in the Pembroke Program experience the traditional Oxford tutorial system, in which students meet, individually or in groups of 2–4, once or twice weekly with individual faculty members. In these tutorial sessions, the focus is on independent study and writing, and students are expected to be self-motivating and self-directing. Students are also expected to supplement the work done in tutorials by regularly attending lectures.
The tutorial is a distinctive feature of undergraduate education at Oxford and makes a significant contribution to maintaining Oxford’s standard of excellence in teaching. In the tutorial system, students meet at least once a week with their college tutor, either on a one-to-one basis or with one or two other students. Tutorials are known for the close relationship they foster between the tutor and the student, but while this method of teaching provides students with individualized instruction, it also demands that students assume responsibility for their own learning.
While tutorials often form the backbone of teaching in Oxford, they are also supported by lectures, which are conducted on a University-wide basis, college classes (often of groups of perhaps 10 students), and lab work in the sciences.
The emphasis in Oxford is to study one subject (or course) or a specific combination of courses in depth. Pembroke offers the following courses:
Biochemistry • Biological Sciences • Chemistry • Economics & Management • Engineering Science • English Language & Literature • English & Modern Languages (French, Italian) • European & Middle Eastern Languages (Arabic and French or Italian) • History • History & Economics • History & English • History & Modern Languages • History & Politics • Law • Mathematics • Mathematics & Philosophy • Modern Languages (French, Italian) • Oriental Studies (Arabic, Islamic Studies, Japanese, Chinese) • Philosophy & Modern Languages • Philosophy, Politics, & Economics (PPE) • Philosophy & Theology • Physics • Psychology (Experimental) • Psychology & Philosophy • Theology & Religion • Theology & Oriental Studies
Housing & Meals
Visiting students live in college in single rooms (Band "B" accommodations) with shared bathrooms down the hall. Visiting Students may upgrade to higher band rooms, depending on availability and at an additional cost to the student. Housing is available to visiting students during the Christmas and Easter vacations.
Meals may be taken in hall and may include breakfast in The Pantry, self-serve lunches, and both formal and informal dinners. Students are required to purchase a meal plan, which covers dinners; other meals can be purchased à la carte from Pembroke cafes, or students can cook for themselves. Food costs are paid to Pembroke (for dinners) or directly by the students.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
IWU normally allows students to use all federal, state, and institutional aid, as well as any external scholarships, toward one semester of study abroad. Because the IWU Pembroke Program does not have a semester option, IWU will allow students to use their aid for the full academic year.
Additional assistance is available. Students are encouraged to talk with the Financial Aid Office about an IWU loan to cover the program fee. In addition, IWU has a Study Abroad Scholarship, supported by a generous gift from Betty Ritchie-Birrer ('47). Further Information on financial aid, including a list of possible scholarship options, can be found on the IWU Study Abroad website.
Paid to IWU
*For the IWU Pembroke Program, you regular financial aid will be applied to the tuition portion of your bill each semester. Bills will be issued on their regular schedule and you can continue to pay in installments.
Estimated Additional Costs
|Room (super single)
|Program Fee (annual)
|Subtotal - Paid to IWU
||$29,321 (fall); $28,321 (spring)
*Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
|Passport and Photos
|Subtotal - Additional Costs
Program fees and student expenses are based on preliminary estimates and are subject to change. Please contact the director of the program for more information.