Europe

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Europe

Edward Limb (English)-  European Theatre Group Tour, Christmas 2015
Every Christmas the Cambridge University European Theatre Group (ETG) tours Central Europe with a Shakespeare play, mainly visiting schools and universities with performances, and workshops designed to dovetail with the pupils’ English lessons.This year’s production was Hamlet, and our tour took us to  Switzerland, Belgium, France, and Luxembourg over two weeks…Read more


 Austria

Nicholas Lee (PhD in Biological Science) – Vienna, December 2015
I joined St. John’s Voices, the mixed-voice choir of St. John’s College, on its tour to Vienna. The trip was a significant opportunity for both the choir and myself. The choir performed in a number of well-regarded public venues, in addition to participating in other aspects of Viennese musical life…read more


Belgium

Joseph Curran – Orchestra Tour to Belgium, Summer 2016
I spent a week on tour in Belgium with the Cambridge University Wind Orchestra (CUWO). This was CUWO’s inaugural tour and so represented a significant opportunity for both the orchestra and its players. I had been involved with planning, organising and running the tour, from its conception through to disembarking the coach at the end of the week in London…Read more

Andra-Lucia Martinescu (PhD in International Relations) – Brussels, March 2013
As part of my research I undertook a field trip to Brussels, completing interviews at various Directorates General of the European Commission…Read more


 Czech Republic

Audrey Claire Lejeune (Architecture) – 3 European Cities, Summer 2014
This was a comparative trip between Budapest (Hungary), Prague (Czech Republic), and Amsterdam (Netherlands). The aim of this trip was to witness and understand how history influenced the urban fabric of these European cities…Read more

Jenny Haigh (Archaeology & Anthropology) – Prague, Summer 2012
I spent a week in Prague on a short and intensive summer school about China and its future on the world stage. Located west of Prague’s centre in district 2, the course was organised .. Read more


 France

Ella Hughes (Natural Sciences) – Southern French Alps with the Scott Piercy Fund, Summer 2017
Over the summer vacation I travelled to the French Alps as part of a group of university long distance runners. The aim of the three-week trip was to spend time training at an altitude of around 2000m, at which the body is subject to low-oxygen conditions and thus experiences a training adaptation that leads to faster performances on return to sea level…Read more

Silvia Markek (MML) – Language course in Montpellier, July 2017
In July I visited Montpellier in the south of France to do a French language course. Being a student of French  I thought it was vital to visit a French speaking country and to improve my language skills, especially as the last time I had visited France was two years beforehand…Read more

Joseph Curran – Lourdes, Easter 2017
Having travelled with group 104 last Easter and had a fantastic, profoundly moving week, I was particularly keen to return to Lourdes this Easter on the student leadership team…Read more

Scarlett Walsh (History of Art) – Paris, Easter 2017
In the Easter holidays, myself and several other students studying the ‘Paris 1750-1800: The Birth of the Modern Art World’ module visited the city for three days with our course supervisor…Read more

Duy Le (HSPS) – Vietnamese Buddhist retreat, France, Summer 2016
Thanks to the support from the B M Rowe trust fund, I was able to travel to France to attend a meditation retreat at Plum Village, a Vietnamese Buddhist community in Thenac. It was an eye-opening and inspiring experience that will no doubt lay the basis for my dissertation in my 3rd year…Read more

Ciara Rowland-Simms (Physics) – Lyon, France, Summer 2015
I spent two weeks living with a French host and studying at a local language school in Lyon. I had visited Lyon on a French exchange at the age of 14, and I thought it would be an excellent place to begin patching up and furthering my knowledge of the French language…Read more

James Flesher (Asian & Middle Eastern Studies) – France, August 2014
In Summer 2014, I went to Toulouse and Lyon, France, to work on improving my French. I spent the first few days in Toulouse, staying with a home-stay family…Read more

Patrick Kirkham (Natural Sciences) – Rambouillet,France –Summer 2012
A four week intensive French course at Rambouillet, France.  On the first day we had a written and oral test to decide which of the four groups we were in. I was in Saint Tropez…Read more

Louise Armstrong (Modern European History) – Alsace, April 2013
The main focus of the MPhil in Modern European History is a 25,000 word dissertation to be completed by June.  The topic of my dissertation is post-war Alsace …. Read more


Georgia

Jennifer Brewin (History of Art PhD) – Tbilisi, Georgia, October 2012
My first major doctoral research trip, of around 6 weeks in total, was to the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. The first aim of the trip was to familiarise myself with potential sources of primary research material… Read more


 Germany

Aman Sahota (Architecture) – The Ruhr, September 2017
I travelled to Germany and spent two weeks in and around Duisburg, one of the key cities in the Ruhr region, to research sites of post industrial regeneration for my dissertation..Read more

Charlotte Pearson (Economics) – Berlin, Prague, Budapest & Zagreb, September 2017
I spent two weeks in September 2017 travelling around Central and Eastern Europe with the hope of improving my cultural and artistic understanding of the area. The trip began in Berlin, although a city not usually associated with cubism, the Museum Berggruen is home to more than 120 works by Pablo Picasso…Read more

Candice Griffiths (Modern and Medieval Languages) – Berlin, Easter 2017
I set off to Berlin in the hope of polishing my spoken German in preparation for the upcoming oral examination and came back with so much more. My two week’s stay far exceeded my expectations as it developed my linguistic, cultural and social understanding of this iconic city…Read more

Jenny Whitby – Tour to Cologne with CUMS Symphony Orchestra, July 2016
Thanks to the generous funding given to me by Pembroke College I was able to accompany the Cambridge University Music Society Symphony Orchestra (CUMS SO) on their summer tour to Cologne. I play the flute and piccolo, and have been a member of CUMS SO for the last two years.  I was excited for the tour as it allowed me to play some of my favourite classical works..Read more

Lucy D’Urso – Language Course in Berlin, December 2015
I visited Berlin to attend a German language school. Having never spoken German outside of Cambridge, I found staying with a host family in East Berlin really useful because I was immersed in the language in a way I had never been before…Read more

Alec Murray Brown (Modern and Medieval Languages) – Köln, Easter 2015
For a week in the middle of the Easter holidays, I went to Köln in order to practice my spoken German. I was staying in a hostel about a five minute walk from the Kölner Dom, and it was great to have a mix of nationalities in my dorm – Germans, Austrians and Italians…Read more

Rachel Kay (HSPS) Fieldwork in Berlin, 2015
I lived in Berlin for six weeks in the district of Prenzlauerberg, formerly in East Berlin, The bulk of my fieldwork was ethnographic – consisting of interviews and participant observation mostly in and around the Volkspark, with some archival work too…Read more

Audrey Lejeune (Architecture) – Berlin, 2014
At 8.45am we met up with the tutors in front of the Reichstag. We went up to the dome (Norman Foster) and took time to sketch the structure. It is strangely separate from the Parliament building it sits on, yet it seems connected to the city…Read more

Mary Karavaggelis (Engineering) – Bremen, Germany 2013
This year the Latin Formation World Championships were held in Bremen, Germany.  England had two teams in the competition, which took over almost an entire airplane and was greeted at the airport by our German hosts…Read more

Sam Wilks – (Medicine) German Language Course, Heidelberg 2013
Thanks to generous part funding by Pembroke College I was able to take part in the 2013 “Internationaler Ferienkurs für Deutsche Sprache und Kultur” from 5-30 August. I had self -taught German since the previous November, alongside my medical degree…Read more


Greece

Michael Loy (Classics) – Archaeological excavation, Greece, Summer 2017
I joined the international team of archaeologists excavating Tomb 2 near Prosilio, central Greece. I was present at the excavation for the full six weeks of activity on the dry-sieve team. Once the chamber was opened, however, I was also involved in the digital topographical recording of the tomb…Read more

Cansu Karabijik (Medical Science PhD) – Souda Refugee Camp in Chios, Greece, January 2017
I went to assist the Chios Eastern Shore Response Team (CESRT) with their work with refugees at the Souda Camp. CESRT is the only response team at the island and currently there are over 3000 refugees at Chios with new boats coming in daily from Turkey…Read more

Theodore Hill (Classics) – Athens, Summer 2014
I spent 24 August to 13 September on the British School at Athens Undergraduate Course, along with a few dozen other undergraduates from British universities. This course involved visiting archaeological sites and museums throughout the south of Greece… Read more

Anna Judson (PhD in Classics) – Knossos, Easter 2014
Thanks to the College’s generous support, I was able to attend the Knossos Postgraduate Course in Prehistoric, Greek and Roman Pottery, run by the British School at Athens, in April 2014…Read more


Iceland

Lucy Tweed (Earth Sciences)-Iceland, Summer 2013
Flying out from Heathrow in mid-July I waved goodbye to any notion of summer. Coming into land in Keflavík airport my first impression of Iceland was not particularly promising: a cold desolate landscape whose harsh flat plains of dark basalt were under constant torment from a driving rain…Read more


 Italy

Emily Fish (English), Travel Report Italy, Summer 2017
Myself and three other Pembroke English undergraduates set out to Italy, to explore the cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice. The aim of our trip was to further our understanding of the cultural setting and influences of many of the texts that we had studied in our first year of English at Pembroke…Read more

Jessica Murdoch (English) — Italy, Summer 2017
In July 2017 three of my colleagues and I spent ten days in Italy where we underwent research into the rich cultural literary history of the country. Our trip included four days in Rome, then three days in both Florence and Venice…Read more

Rachel Phillips (Classics) – Italy, Summer 2017
This summer I spent just under 2 weeks in the Italian cities of Naples and Rome before going on an
archaeological dig for a month. Whilst in Naples, I visited the Roman ruins at Pompeii and
Herculaneum..Read more

Livia Russell (MML) – Florence, Easter 2017
In March/April this year I spent two weeks in Florence on an Italian language course at the
British Institute organised through the Italian department at Cambridge… Read more

Dan Sanderson (History) – Italy, Summer 2017
Thanks to a generous grant from the Keith Sykes Award, I was able to take a very rewarding trip across Italy this summer. We started in Milan and travelled down the west coast by train to Sicily, taking stops in the Cinque Terre, Mantua, Rome, Naples, Amalfi Coast, and Calabria…Read more

Louis Scott (English) – Italy, Summer 2017

With the help of the B M Rowe fund, I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a week in Italy in July. I stayed for a few days each in Florence and Venice, exploring the unique art, history and culture of the two cities…Read more

Fiona Shuttleworth (Veterinary Medicine) Italy, Summer 2017
In July 2017 I was lucky enough to travel around Italy and experience its culture for the first time thanks to the Keith Sykes travel grant. I travelled from Milan down the west Italian coast to Sicily…Read more

Alex Szlezinger (Theology and Religious Studies)– Italy, Summer 2016
In July 2016 I travelled around Italy attempting to understand how religion featured in modern society as well as visiting some of the famous Christian and classical sites.  As a student of religion who has a particular interest in Reformation history and Christianity in late antiquity, I revelled at the possibility of seeing some of the iconic places first hand…Read more

Michaela Morgan (Classics) – Italy, Summer 2016
On the 31st August I departed for a week in Italy spent studying Roman art and architecture related to the idea of ‘otium’ and especially upper class leisure on the bay of Naples.  I had planned to spend the first two days in Rome as the largest collections of ancient art in Italy are naturally here… Read more

Wallis Power (Music) – Italy, Summer 2016
It was with the generous help of the Christine Hansen music travel scholarship that I was able to spend a week of my summer vacation enjoying a truly inspirational cello course in Tereglio, Italy, a beautiful village set in the idyllic surroundings of the Tuscan hillside…Read more

Matilda Curson (MML) – Montalcino, Tuscany – Summer 2016
I was fortunate enough to spend three and a half weeks of my summer vacation with an Italian family, based in the beautiful Tuscan hill town of Montalcino. The main aim of the trip was to consolidate everything that I had learnt in my first year of learning ab-initio Italian . In return for welcoming me into their home, on week days I taught English to the two children of the family…Read more

Matilda Curson (MML) – Florence, March/April 2016
The main reason for my trip was to attend a language course run by the British Institut of Florence, which had been specially organised to suit the needs of the first year Cambridge ab initio Italian class. It was a brilliant opportunity…Read more

Scarlett Walsh (History of Art) – Italy, Easter 2016
At the end of Lent term myself and the five other members of my ‘Art and Architecture in the Age of Giotto’ course travelled to Florence. That day we met our course convenor at the Uffizi Gallery and spent most of the afternoon in the first room looking at the enthroned Madonnas by Cimabue, Duccio and Giotto…read more

Isobel Gooder (MML) – Tuscany, Summer 2015
This summer saw a three week trip to Italy. I am spending the first six months of my Year Abroad in Milan from mid-September, and decided therefore to brush up on my Italian language and hand gesturing skills. The trip took the form of a mini road trip. I flew into Florence…Read more

Monika Kondratowicz – Art History Abroad Course, Italy, 2015
It may seem strange to anyone reading this that a medic decided to spend two weeks of her life on an art history course. The reason was simple curiosity about the world unexplored in my medical studies! The first five days were spent in Venice, the most picturesque, rustic and tourist-friendly place…Read more

Richard Stockwell (MPhil Theoretical & Applied Linguistics) – Italy, Easter 2015
I was very fortunate to spend a week in Veneto with the help of a Keith Sykes Award for travel in Italy.   Venice has become a must-see oddity, as much for its entertainingly eccentric tourism industry as its unique situation and history…Read more


 Lithuania

Marius Harnischfeger (Real Estate Finance) – Lithuania and Latvia, Summer 2017
The Peter de Somogyi Travel Grant helped support my travel to Lithuania and Lativia as
a group leader on a volunteer summer project. The two primary components of the project were the archiving of the tombstones on Lithuania’s largest Jewish cemetery, and biographical work on key
figures of Lithuanian resistance against Nazi oppression…Read more


Portugal

Jet Mante (Natural Sciences) – La Quinta de Sao Pedro Field Centre, Portugal, March 2017
On Sunday 19th of March 2017 we took a very early flight from Luton to Lisbon for the Portugal Plants Sciences field trip. On the first day we were given some time to recover and then were given an introductory talk on the species and families found in Portugal… Read more

Ciara McCarthy (Natural Sciences) – La Quinta de San Pedro Field Centre, Portugal, March 2016
In March I travelled to La Quinta de San Pedro Field Centre near Lisbon for a Plant Sciences Field Course. The trip gave us the opportunity to consolidate what we had learnt in lectures and well as carry out projects in groups…Read more

Ben Walton – IB Plant Sciences field trip, La Quinta de Sao Pedro, March 2016
In March 2014 I attended a Plant Sciences field trip based on the outskirts of Lisbon. The field centre where we stayed was set in grounds containing a diverse representation of Mediterranean flora, which we studied over the week..Read more


Romania

Alex Westin-Hardy – Tarnava Mare, Romania, July 2015
This summer I spent two weeks working as a Research Assistant on an Operation Wallacea expedition in the Tarnava Mare, at the foothills of the Carpathians. This stunning area of Transylvania…Read more


Russia

Claire Burchett (MML) – St. Petersburg, Summer 2017
This summer I spent two months studying and working in St. Petersburg. The programme at the Liden & Denz language school was perfect for me: I worked there as a blogger doing occasional translations and in exchange had free language classes in the morning…Read more

Carine Valarche – St Petersburg, September 2016
I was able to spend three weeks in St Petersburg this summer, alongside other Cambridge students, and I am amazed by how much I learnt about Russia and Russian people. Though I had been to Russia several times before…Read more

Sabrina Hogan – St Petersburg, September 2015
My trip to St Petersburg was a truly thrilling experience. Studying Russian, and never having been to the country before, I was tremendously excited, but also apprehensive about what to expect. St Petersburg, I found, is somewhat of a hybrid city…Read more

Isabel Husband – Russia, Summer 2015
I was fortunate enough to travel to Russia for 3 weeks in order to complete a course at the Benedict School in central St Petersburg. My main objective was to develop my vocabulary and understanding of Russian language, but also to encounter Russian culture and history…Read more

Claire Burchett – Russia, Summer 2015
Thanks to Pembroke’s funding, I was able to spend 2 weeks on a language course in the Russian city of Petrozavodsk. Going to Russia was incredibly important to me, not only to consolidate my language skills, but also to show me whether going to Russia on my year abroad would suit me… Read more


Scandinavia

Shirley Lo (Architecture) – Trip to Copenhagen, Gothenburg and Stockholm, Summer 2017
I embarked on a trip to several Nordic cities to learn more about my third year dissertation topic. Copenhagen was the first city I arrived at. My experience of the city was defined by my mode of transport. I rented a bike for the large part of the 5 days I spent there, and experienced the bicycle culture…Read more

Tonicha Upham (Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic) – Oslo, Bergen and Stockholm, 2016
An interest in Viking Age burial practices led to a dissertation topic on evidence of trade in female burials. I planned a trip to Oslo, Bergen and Stockholm into gain a more comprehensive understanding of these burials. I spent a fortnight in Scandinavia, starting in Oslo. The main place of interest here was the Viking Ship Museum…Read more

Stephanie Willis (Engineering) – Scandinavia, 2013
This summer I spent 5 weeks in a Ford Transit van exploring Scandinavia. An interest in large-scale sustainable energy production prompted me to visit 3 countries that are far ahead of the UK…Read more


Slovakia

Matthew Shaw (Physics) – From UK to Bratislava, August 2012
This summer I took part in Bratislava or Bust, a charity European rally organised by Student Adventures. We bought a a BMW 323i for under £500, pimped it up, and then competed against 30 other teams for the title of rally champion…Read more


Spain

Ed McNally (History) – Spain, August 2017
II spent two weeks in Spain and Catalonia, visiting Granada, Córdoba, Seville and Barcelona. The trip enabled me to build upon my Spanish language skills and the opportunity to explore further my historical interests in the Spanish Civil War… Read more

Lily Maxwell (MML) – Barcelona, Summer 2017
I travelled to Barcelona in early September 2017 to work for the Government of Catalonia.
I was aware that the ‘illegal’ independence referendum was supposed to happen in October before I left but I hadn’t given it all that much thought. As soon as I arrived and started work, however, I realised that I was going to live through a ‘moment of history’ …Read more

Henry Kerrison (Physics/Earth Sciences) – Geological Mapping, Northern Spain, Summer 2016
During the summer break, I joined some fellow students in Northern Spain during their 6 week Part II Geological Mapping Project. I stayed in the scenic village of Murillo de Gállego. There was a spectacular view from my accommodation which was dominated by the most prominent feature on the landscape… the Mallos de Riglos..Read more

Eleanor Smith (MML) – Almería, Summer 2016
I spent 3 weeks in the Almería province of Spain, volunteering in two guesthouses in the desert, with the aim of improving my oral Spanish communication skills. I was completely immersed in Spanish, as the vast majority of guests and volunteers spoke no English…Read more

Roberta Wilkinson – Geological Mapping, Spain, Summer 2015
This summer I spent around 6 weeks in Prades, a very small picturesque village in Catalonia, to do my 3rd year Geological Sciences mapping project research in the mountains surrounding the village. I spent around 30 days in the field, collecting data and samples….Read more

Lily Maxwell – Madrid, Easter 2014
I visited Madrid for 6 days in order to take language lessons. My lessons lasted from Monday to Thursday, and then on Friday and Saturday I was able to explore the city and see some of its amazing architecture, culture and history. I also stayed with a Spanish family…Read more

Gwynneth Jones – Valencia, Summer 2013
Having been out of Mexico for over two months I took a trip to Spain to refresh my Spanish in time for my Part II orals. I decided to combine my visit with some language lessons and chose the Catalan-speaking city of Valencia for my trip…Read more

Emma Brownlee – Zamartze Cemetery Excavations, Northern Spain, July 2013
I spent just over three weeks at a mortuary archaeology field school in the Basque region of Spain as part of the archaeological fieldwork compulsory for my course. The project was focused around the monastery of Zamartze and its cemetery. I was part of the team focusing on…Read more


Switzerland

Yannick Mayaud (Music) Basel, Switzerland, 2015
As part of my final year music degree coursework I have chosen to submit a notation portfolio, focussed on the work of the New York composer Morton Feldman. A large number of Feldman’s personal manuscripts are held in the Paul Sacher Institute in Basel …Read more

Tom Williams (Medicine) – Internship in Geneva, Summer 2014
This summer I spent 2 months in Geneva working in PATH’s Vaccine Access and Delivery (VAD) Program under the direction of Dr Dan Miller. The majority of my work was focused on the ongoing efforts to eradicate polio… Read more

Phelim Brady (PPS) – Geneva, Summer 2013
This summer I was very fortunate to be offered a placement in the Director General’s Office (DGO) at the World Health Organization. The DGO was a brilliant environment for me to get a taste of the politics and diplomacy of public health and of a large United Nations agency…Read more


Ukraine

Imogen Evans (MML) –  Kiev, Easter 2012
Over the Easter vacation I went to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, for two weeks to take part in a Russian language course. This involved about three hours of teaching per day…Read more