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.”