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Cambridge Quick Facts

Language of Instruction

Fields of Study
Humanities, social sciences, chemistry (no laboratories available), computer science.

Host Institution
Jesus College

Jesus College Dorm or single room at another college

Program Dates
Spring semester: mid-January to mid-June, with an extended break between the Cambridge terms.

Faculty Liaison
Karl Johnson

The Pomona College Cambridge Program is hosted by Jesus College, one of the 31 colleges of the University of Cambridge. Jesus College, built around a 12th-century convent, incorporates some of the oldest buildings in Cambridge and is located on spacious grounds on the northeast side of the lovely university town of Cambridge, close to the River Cam. As visiting students at Jesus College, program participants may use dining and library facilities and may also engage in sports and other university extracurricular and social activities. 

Academic Program

The spring program at Jesus College consists of a core seminar, group supervisions, and individual supervisions with local scholars during the two final terms of the Cambridge academic year. The core seminar, Space and Time in Contemporary Art, meets weekly through both terms, and all students participate. Students may not take the core seminar on a P/NC basis. Students write three short papers and sit one two-hour exam for this seminar (1.0 Pomona course credit). Each student has one group supervision per term with other students in the Pomona College group. Group supervisions meet weekly for each eight-week term and normally students write three papers per term (0.5 Pomona course credits per term). Topics are selected from the program’s list of course offerings. Students have one individual supervision each term, selected from a list provided by the program. These meet weekly for each eight-week term and normally students write four papers per term (1.0 Pomona course credit each). Individual supervisions should be in the student's major discipline, as background knowledge is expected in a one-on-one teaching situation. The group supervisions are designed for students outside of their major.

Living Arrangements

May vary from year to year: Jesus College dorm or individual rooms in other colleges. A meal allowance is provided by Pomona College. 

Preference will be given to candidates who have completed college coursework with British content. 

Number of Students

10 maximum. Total enrollment at Jesus College: 500. 


Applicants should have a strong academic and extracurricular record, be capable of independent study, and be eager to engage fully in both academic and extracurricular activities in Cambridge. An advising session with an OSA staff member is required prior to submission of the Study Abroad Application.  Students should call the OSA to schedule an appointment. The Cambridge application may include a faculty panel interview. 10.0 GPA required.

Internet Links

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