Students Accepted into Pembroke Program at Oxford

Sophie Popovich
Duc Nguyen

March 26, 2015  

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Sophie Popovich ’17 (Plainfield, Ill.) and Duc Nguyen ’17 (Hanoi, Vietnam) have been accepted to study next year at Pembroke College, Oxford University.

Illinois Wesleyan is among a select group of only 13 U.S. colleges and universities sending students through the highly selective Pembroke Visiting Student Programme. Students spend an academic year immersed in the traditional English tutorial system through independent study, meeting individually or in small groups with faculty members once or twice a week. Students live in Pembroke College rooms, wear the traditional gowns, and are invited to participate in extracurricular activities and societies provided at the college.

“I was originally interested in applying to Pembroke because I wanted a chance to do rigorous study at arguably the most historic and prestigious university in the world,” said Popovich, a history major. Along with studying history at Pembroke, she hopes to explore her interests in women’s history during her time abroad.

Nguyen, an accounting and economics double major, will continue his economics studies at Pembroke.

“I am looking forward to experiencing the tutorial system in Oxford University, which is one of the main reasons why I decided to choose this program,” said Nyugen. “I also look forward to traveling in Europe to learn more about different cultures there.” 

By Danielle Kamp ’15