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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Housing options: Residence Hall
Areas of study: Architecture, Art History, Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Economics, English, European Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, History, International Relations, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Politics, Pre-Law, Sociology Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior
Program type: Stand alone GPA: 3.3
Program Description:
Formal Hall DinnerThe 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.
At the core of the Cambridge academic system are "supervisions" - focused weekly meetings of small groups or individual students with a topic-specific teacher to engage in discussion of the supervision topic, assigned readings, and written work. This personalized system requires a high level of independence, initiative, critical thinking, and ability to synthesize and analyze complex material. 

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, Belonging in Britain: the intersectionality of race, gender, and class today, is offered exclusively to Pomona College students. The seminar meets weekly through both terms, and all students participate. Students may not take the core seminar on a CR/NC basis. Students write four short papers for this seminar (1 Pomona 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 credits each term). Topics are selected from the program's predetermined list of course offerings. The group supervisions are designed for students to explore subjects outside of their major.

Students have one individual supervision each term, selected from a predetermined list provided by the program. These meet weekly for each eight-week term and normally students write four papers per term (1 Pomona credit each term). Individual supervisions should be in the student's major discipline, as background knowledge is expected in a one-on-one teaching situation. 

Living Arrangements
May vary from year to year: Jesus College dorm or individual rooms in other Cambridge college dorms or flats. A meal allowance is provided by Pomona College. 

Number of Students
Enrollment is limited to 10 students. Total enrollment at Jesus College is 500 students. 

Host Institution
Jesus College

Faculty Liaison
Karl Johnson (on leave for the 2023-2024 academic year)
Ben Keim (on leave for the 2023-2024 academic year)

  • 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 IDPO staff member is required prior to submission of the study away application. Students should contact the IDPO to schedule an appointment. The Cambridge application may include a faculty panel interview.
Preference will be given to candidates who have completed college coursework with British content. 

Internet Links

Student Experiences
Read about Akira Nagao's (PO'19) semester in Cambridge.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2025 09/08/2024 10/04/2024 TBA TBA