The University of Cambridge at the moment is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and is seen as one of the world’s top five universities. The University is also part of the Russell Group, a network of research-led British universities; the Coimbra Group, an association of leading European universities; the League of European Research Universities; and the International Alliance of Research Universities. It is equally considered a member of the “Golden Triangle”, a geographical grouping of world renowned research universities.
Did you know that as a collegiate university, Cambridge has no campus but a group of 31 self-governing colleges grouped under one Cambridge umbrella? What happens is that each college is a part of Cambridge whilst operating independently. They are responsible for their own teaching staff and fellows in each course, determine which students to admit, provide necessary supervision teaching for undergraduates, and are in charge of domestic arrangements and welfare of students and staff. So deciding on the right college is super important, both to ensure the student gets a place, and also ensure the degree program goes on successfully.
Cambridge has graduated 89 students who went on to win Nobel prizes, more than any other institution, while Trinity College on its own has graduated more Nobel prize winners than the whole of France. University of Cambridge is equally the third biggest landowner in the USA, after the Queen and the Church of England respectively.
International Student Services
Generally, colleges are the primary point of contact for students, and vary in how they carry out their orientation arrangements. In addition to this, support is also available from student societies and volunteer alumni groups, who organize and run weekend parties throughout September to immerse students in everyday university life.
The International Student Team is responsible for the orientation program which happens at the start of each academic year inorder to provide much needed information about the university, plus the opportunity to meet and interact with other international students.
The iCSU will also represent international students at the University of Cambridge. The group actively welcomes new international students as they arrive in the city, and social activities are ran throughout the year. At this moment, 1,300 international students from 65 countries are enrolled at Cambridge.
- Ranked 1st in the Times University Guide 2020
- Number 1 in the Guardian University Guide 2020
- Ranked 7th in the QS World University Rankings 2020
- 3rd in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020
The University of Cambridge did really well in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with 87% of its submissions ranked as ‘world leading’ or ‘world class’, receiving the best results in the UK for aeronautical and electronic engineering, business and management, chemistry, classics and clinical medicine to mention a few.
Accommodation is ran and dished out by each college individually, and this varies strongly. Interestingly, most colleges own houses and flats within the Cambridge region, but can equally offer rooms for undergraduates for the three years of study. The Accommodation Service was set up to help organise private rented accommodation in the university town.
Cambridge is a large town located in Cambridgeshire,that’s about 80km north of London. It is surrounded by university buildings, which are a strategic part of the town’s history for more than 800 years. Cambridge is a small city and almost all of the colleges and departments are central to each other. A bus service does the job of connecting them, while Cambridge is renowed for being one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the country.
If you decide to travel in via flight, it is interesting to note that Cambridge is served by four major airports: Stansted, Luton, Heathrow and Gatwick. You’ll also find National Express coach services to Cambridge available in all airports and direct trains from London which use about one hour.
Tuition: £19,197-29,217 per year for international students
If you intend to apply to the University, you can do so through UCAS. However, at Cambridge the process typically starts earlier to allow sufficient time for all of the application information to be processed and considered.
So do well to submit your UCAS application by 15 October – the institution code is CAM C05.
Other application deadlines also apply for those who intend to be interviewed in foreign countries, and for some mature applicants.
You’ll be given an additional application form if you’re applying for the Graduate program in Medicine.
Once you’ve submited the UCAS application, you’ll be asked (via email) to complete the Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) –these are a few extra questions requesting information not available in your UCAS application, which the university finds helpful. Inorder to make a valid application to the University of Cambridge, do well to submit your SAQ by the relevant deadline.