Studying at Cambridge

A few good reasons to achieve your undergraduate degree at Cambridge:

  • You will be taught by world-leading experts in your subject area. Your time at Cambridge will be a most rewarding and enjoyable experience.
  • You will develop a range of valuable skills and experiences, making you highly employable when you graduate – last year, over 96 per cent of graduates seeking employment found jobs (many Cambridge graduates go on to further study).
  • The University of Cambridge is ideally located and close to London, which is only 50 minutes away by train. It is also within easy reach of all London’s international airports.
  • The University of Cambridge is rich in history – its famous Colleges and University buildings attract visitors from all over the globe. Cambridge is one of the oldest universities in the world and one of the largest in the United Kingdom. The University celebrated its 800th anniversary in 2009, marking eight centuries of academic achievement, ground-breaking research and celebrated alumni. The University of Cambridge has more Nobel Prize winners than any other academic institution.

The Colleges of the University

There are 31 Colleges in Cambridge, 29 of which admit undergraduates. Each College is an independent institution with its own property and income. Each College appoints their own staff and is responsible for selecting students, in accordance with University regulations. The teaching of students is shared between the Colleges and University departments. Degrees are awarded by the University. In addition to resources provided by the University, each College has its own library and sports facilities. Colleges also have their own clubs and societies, offering a variety of non-academic activities for students to take part in.

Benefits of the College System for students

  • The supervision system, where students receive teaching in small groups, is regarded as one of the best teaching models in the world.
  • Almost all undergraduates live in College accommodation for the duration of their time at Cambridge.
  • All students are treated equally as individuals, allowing overseas students in particular to be fully integrated. This is one of the reasons that Cambridge has the lowest drop-out rate of any university in the world.

Choosing a College

One of the four scholarships will be tenable only at Pembroke College; the other three awards will be tenable at any of the 29 Colleges that admit undergraduates. Since your College will be the home-base for your non-academic activities, it is important to choose one that suits your needs in terms of clubs, athletics and facilities. It is also possible to submit an Open application without a preference College.

To find out more about Pembroke College, please visit www.pem.cam.ac.uk

To learn about the other Colleges, please visit www.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/colleges/

The Course Selection

Cambridge admits students to study Honours Degree courses (known as “Triposes”). Most courses cover their subject very broadly in the first year or two, and then become more specialized in the second or third year.
Each undergraduate has a Director of Studies who arranges each term’s “supervisions” as well as giving advice about study and University lectures. In addition to a Director of Studies, each undergraduate has a personal Tutor. This is someone to whom you can go to ask advice about non-academic matters.

Accommodation

This is provided by Colleges, and students are housed in undergraduate rooms, either on the campus (the great majority) or in nearby College houses. Students can also use the common rooms (which have television and video), the bar (the social centre of any College), library, gym and computer room.