Need to Know: UK/Cambridge, Pembroke/King's College International Summer School
Objective of the “Need to Know” Document The Need to Know document is an advising tool written by a Berkeley EAP Adviser to review program specific details that may impact a student’s decision to apply for an EAP program. The document is not a summary of eligibility requirements, academic, housing, application and other logistical details freely available to students on the UOEAP and BPSA website, and reviewed by a student in the Program Self-Assessment. The best sources of detailed program information are the Program Guide from the prior academic cycle, as well as the Pembroke / King’s Programme website. If any concerns you have are not addressed on the UOEAP website, in the Program Guide or Need to Know document, please contact the EAP Adviser for this program. Adviser Contact Information For EAP Adviser name, phone, email and drop-in advising hours, visit http://studyabroad.berkeley.edu/contact/. Application Deadlines The Summer 2010 Cambridge/PKP program has a rolling application deadline beginning October 16, 2009 and ending February 1, 2010. Please note that while Cambridge’s own application window is from October 16, 2009 until March 5, 2010, in order to apply for the program as an EAP student you must submit your application by February 1, 2010. Application Process Applying to the Cambridge/PKP program involves submitting dual applications: one for EAP and one for Cambridge. Students should access the application from the BPSA website, not Cambridge’s. You will first submit online applications for EAP and Cambridge, and then submit hard copy application materials to BPSA and directly to Cambridge. Competitiveness of the Program Although rolling deadlines are often used for impacted or competitive programs, in terms of available spots, for Summer 2010 it is anticipated that Cambridge will be able to accommodate all the qualified applicants they receive. That said, students are advised to apply as early as possible within the application window to increase their chances of getting their first choice of courses and housing. You will also have to pay an Accommodation Fee before you can sign up for classes and housing (see Program Fees below for more information). In sum, students will increase their chances of getting their first choice of classes and housing if they: 1. Apply as early as possible within the application window. 2. Pay their Accommodation Fee as soon as possible after being accepted by Cambridge. Acceptance In order to participate in the program, your participation must be approved by both Cambridge and EAP. However, it is highly unlikely that you will not be approved to participate by EAP if accepted by Cambridge. Cambridge will email their acceptance decision to you within three weeks of receiving your complete application (i.e. online application as well as hard copy application materials). EAP selections decisions may not be issued until several weeks after you submit your application. Program Fees There is a non-refundable application fee of £35 (about $57 at the time of writing) that students pay directly to Cambridge. After receiving notification of acceptance from Cambridge, students should be prepared to pay an Accommodation Fee ranging from ranging from £1450 - £2000 (about $2,392 - $3,300 at the time of writing) directly to Cambridge in order to register for courses and apply for housing. Students will not be able to sign up for classes or apply for housing until they pay this fee. This fee is non-refundable.
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Summer Financial Aid Financial aid for the summer is not as comprehensive as what students may be accustomed to during the academic year because it is a “trailer” to the academic year. If getting financial aid is important for your participation in the Cambridge/PKP program, it’s essential that you plan ahead and keep the following in mind: 1. The Financial Aid Office will likely not be able to release award letters for summer until the beginning of April, so you may not know exactly how much summer aid you will be getting until then. If you have questions before April about what kind of aid you can expect, consult the Financial Aid Office directly. 2. Your summer financial aid award will not be disbursed until a minimum of 10 days prior to the program start date (late June), so you will need to be prepared to pay the Accommodation Fee and other pre-departure expenses such as airline tickets using a credit card or other means. 3. Your total summer financial aid package will be comprised of one or more of the following types of funds: fee grants*, student and parent loans, PELL grant money left over from the previous academic year**, and possibly alternative loans.
*If you received grants and/or scholarships during the academic year, you may be eligible to have summer fees paid with a summer fee grant. The summer fee grant covers the per unit course fee cost only. **If you have unused Pell Grant funds from Fall 2009 or Spring 2010, you will have these funds available for
the summer. The Pell Grant will be combined with the summer fee grant and applied to the per unit course fees, up to a maximum of $3,400. Note that unused Pell Grant funds can accepted/disbursed at any time, but no later than two weeks prior to the end of the spring term. You could consider using these funds to pay your immediate summer expenses such as housing, airfare, visas, passport fee, etc. that you will incur prior to your regular financial aid disbursement for summer. 4. Students may also consider using funds disbursed to them by the FAO for Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 expenses at UC Berkeley. If you choose to use your fall or spring aid to pay your Accommodation Fee, you must keep in mind that any portion of your fall or spring financial aid used in this manner will no longer be made available to you at any time during the remainder of the year or summer. You are strongly encouraged to make a serious review of your financial situation in order to determine if you can afford to use your fall or spring financial aid in this manner. This is a decision only you can make, and you must make it wisely. If you have questions about summer aid, please visit the Financial Aid Office’s web site or consult the Financial Aid Office directly. Scholarships In 2010, for the first time, Pembroke will be offering scholarships each summer to cover the full cost of tuition for four students. Please consult the Cambridge/PKP web site for more information. In addition, for 2010 the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program will be piloting a scholarship for Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) students. You can also explore applying for a summer research grant (visit the Undergraduate Research @ Berkeley web site) which will involve the added benefit of using your time abroad to conduct research (this option can dovetail especially well with Cambridge’s supervision option; see Curriculum below for more details). Curriculum • • • All students take three courses worth 3.33 semester units each, for a total of 10 units total for the program. All courses are upper division. The Summer 2009 program offered about 30 courses. Course offerings are focused heavily on the humanities and social sciences. If you are interested in more science-oriented coursework or a wider range of course offerings, I suggest you check out the University of Sussex summer program. The Cambridge/PKP program also offers students the unique opportunity to work closely with faculty by substituting one course with a Cambridge-style supervision course (similar to an independent study at UC). Students meet with a faculty member individually or in small groups once a week to complete a series of research-based papers in their major subject area.
EAP Alums EAP alumni are one of your best resources for information about the program. If you would like to be put in touch with alums, simply send the EAP Adviser an email addressed to the alums (e.g. “Dear alums, I have some questions about the program…”) and your message will be forwarded to them. The Cambridge/PKP web site also includes an alumni section where you can contact alums.
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