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How to Apply

Competition for places on a Pembroke Semester Programme is intense, so apply early! We consider applications on a rolling first-come-first-served basis, and aim to tell you our decision within 3 weeks of receiving your complete application.

Application information

Fall Semester Programme 2020 : Applications open Monday 30th September 2019. Applications close on Friday 1st May 2020.

Spring Semester Programme 2021 : Applications open Monday 30th September 2019. Applications close on Wednesday 1st July 2020.

Combined Semester Programme 2020-21 : Applications open Monday 30th September 2019. Applications close on Friday 1st May 2020.

Who can apply?

The programmes are open to students who have completed at least two years of study at their home university before beginning the semester at Cambridge.

You'll need to be able to work at the same level as regular Cambridge undergraduates, so should have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.75. If yours is lower due to special circumstances, we may still be able to consider your application. Please include a supporting statement to explain your situation when you apply.

Is it competitive?

Yes, our application process is rigorous and very selective as we have a limited number of places available. Each year we accept less than 30 students in the Fall and around 40 in the Spring, as well as a number of students who combine the semesters and study with us for a full year. 

How to apply

You apply using our online application system:

You’ll also need to send the following supporting documents:

  • Academic transcript from your home university, or similar document showing academic performance. Unfortunately we cannot accept transcripts sent directly from students.

  • 2 x Academic references written by faculty who are familiar with your work at your home university

  • 2 x Essays written during your course of study and graded by your instructors. Ideally these should show lecturers’ written comments and grade, though we appreciate this is difficult if an essay has been marked then comments given electronically. If an essay does not show these, you must submit them along with the essay.

Got a place? What next?

Great news! To secure your place, we'll ask you to pay a non-refundable deposit within one month of being accepted. If you expect to receive financial aid, you'll need to contact the Semester Programme Coordinator to discuss your situation.


Your visa requirements will vary according to your country of citizenship.

Have a question about your application?

We’re here to help – just contact the Semester Programme Coordinator.