abroadSELECT: The Jesus College Cambridge Fellowship



The Jesus College Cambridge Fellowship gives one Pitt student the opportunity to study at Jesus College Cambridge each academic year.  If you are selected to represent Pitt, you'll spend an academic year integrated in the small and tight-knit community of students studying the Natural Sciences at Jesus College Cambridge.  A part of the larger University of Cambridge system, Jesus College is known for excellence in the natural sciences and medicine. 
A year at Jesus College Cambridge is incredibly different from a year at Pitt.  You'll study only three courses (known as tripos) throughout the academic year, but the breadth and depth of knowledge that you gain in each will amaze you.   A tutor will guide you through the process, creating a course that is designed just for you.  Weekly reading, discussions, and lectures from across the University challenge you academically. 

Learning Objectives: 

As an active and engaged participant on this program, you will:

  • Deepen your knowledge of the natural sciences through the British tutorial system
  • Integrate into the Jesus College Cambridge community 
  • Develop your skills at both first and second-hand research
Location Description: 

Jesus College Cambridge is one of the oldest Colleges at the University of Cambridge.  With a campus dating back to 1496, Jesus College Cambridge's grounds are full of history and beauty.  The town of Cambridge offers plenty to keep you busy and you'll be a short train ride from London and dozens of other cities in the UK.

Housing Description: 

You will live like any other student that attends Jesus College in one of the historic "houses" or residence halls.  Accomodations typically include:

  • Single room with bed and desk
  • Shared bathrooms, living space, and equipped kitchen
  • Housing over winter and spring breaks, if desired 

Linens and towels are typically not included.  Meals are not included. 

Academic Description: 

Unlike Pitt, Jesus College Cambridge is not a liberal arts college.  Students are accepted into a major or field of study and only take courses within that area.  This means that you will have an entire year of nothing but natural sciences, but it also means that you cannot take other courses that interest you or that you need to fulfill requirements for other majors or minors.  Participating in the fellowship will require careful planning with your academic advisor and may require you take summer courses or stay an additional semester.  However, most students feel that the opportunity is worth it!
While at Camridge, you'll be able to take courses from Year 1 And Year 2 (Part IA and Part IB). Click here to read more.

Cambridge Teaching Style
The educational system at Jesus College is very different than what you are used to at Pitt.  You will select a total of three courses (known as tripos) that you will study for the entire academic year.  Each tripos is led by a tutor who will be your guide through your learning, and what you study will be a collaborative process with your tutor that will involve a set of outcomes that are expected for each student as well as readings and assignments that are tailored to your interest.  For each tripos, you can expect:

  • a weekly or bi-weekly meeting with your tutor and a few other students where you'll discuss your readings, clarify concepts, and receive readings for the next meeting
  • a written assignment (non-graded) for each meeting with your tutor where you'll synthesize assigned readings and lectures
  • lectures from across all of the colleges at Cambridge that are relevant to your interests and studies 

Learning at Cambridge is incredibly self-guided, and there is only one assessment:  a final, written exam at the end of the year.   

Credits at Pitt
If selected to participate, you'll work with your academic advisor to determine how the tripos that you take will apply to your degree requirements.  You will receive 10 Pitt credits for each tripos (5 per term, 30 credits total).  Grading is on a S/NC basis. 

Experiential Learning Description: 

While at Cambridge, you will have the opportunity to engage in research with faculty from across the College.  Research opportunities cannot be arranged before you arrive in Cambridge and are not guaranteed, but students in the past have almost always been able to find opportunities that meet their interests.  

Program Fees: 
Pitt students participating on a partner program will pay regular Pitt tuition and fees, according to their in-state or out-of-state residency status. In addition, Pitt students will also be responsible for the Study Abroad Administrative Fee.  
Pitt Students on financial aid and/or tuition scholarships will need to consult the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid or respective entity providing the funds to confirm coverage for study abroad. 

Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $9,880 $17,982
Housing/Other $8,319 $8,319
Study Abroad Fee $400 $400
Total Billed by Pitt $18,599 $26,701
As a part of the total billed by Pitt, the following are included in the program:
  • Tuition for 12-18 credits
  • Housing
  • Health Insurance



How Much To Budget: 

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Travel Expenses: Airfare, Passport, Visa, Resident Permit  $2,000
Food $3,000 - 5,000
Personal Expenses $1,000 - 5,000


Keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Program Deposit ($350, to be credited to your program bill)
  • Textbooks ($200)
  • Local Cell Phone ($100)


Program Dates: 

Pitt students enroll at Jesus College Cambridge for a full academic year (two full semesters). Jesus College's academic calendars may differ from Pitt's normal fall (August through December) and spring (January through April) semesters, so Pitt students should check the academic calendar at the partner university. Like Pitt, Cambridge follows a Fall-Spring progression, meaning Fall is the first semester followed by the Spring semester as the second. The dates listed above are estimated and therefore subject to change according to the host university’s schedule.

Bryan Schultz

Greetings!  I am the Director of International Progarms at the College of Business.  I've been at Pitt since 2011 and during this time served in the Study Abroad Office, Swanson School of Engineering, Frederick Honors College and the College of Business Administration.  My portfolio of responsibilities includes expanding global and experiential opportunities for Pitt Honors students.  Prior to joining Pitt my career focused on providing executive-level leadership and consulting to nonprofit organizations in Colorado and Washington DC. 
I graduated from Kalamazoo College (MI) with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and earned a Master of Nonprofit Management degree from Regis University (CO).  During my free tine I enjoy long backpacking trips, following Detroit-based professional sports, painting, going to concerts, and exploring new places - especially those overseas.



Schedule an appointment

Email me at bryan.schultz@pitt.edu to schedule an appointment.

Additional Information: 

Students will be required to take part in an interview as a part of the application process. The strongest applicants will have researched the academic progarms available at JCC and have a clear motivation and goal for applying to the program.

Visa Requirements: 

As part of your study abroad program in the UK, you may be required to apply for a student visa.  Please be aware that UK visa processing times may be delayed due to ongoing impacts of the global pandemic.  Obtaining a visa a solely your responsibility and is a very detailed process.  You should be prepared to do the following:

  • Begin your visa application process as soon as you receive the detailed instructions and guidance from your host institution or program manager
  • Follow the instructions carefully, checking for mistakes
  • Respond promptly to any requests for follow-up or additional information related to your visa application
  • Check to ensure that your returned passport has the appropriate visa stamp prior to departing the U.S.

Failure to follow the visa instructions fully may result in additional cost beyond the visa application fee or visa denial.