Cambridge is probably different to any educational establishment you have experienced. It is a confederation of Schools, Faculties, Departments and 31 autonomous Colleges. You may sometimes hear it described to as the collegiate University. What does this mean for you? Students live, eat and socialise in one of the University’s 31 Colleges which provide access to a multi-disciplinary and international community as well as pastoral and academic support. Colleges provide small group teaching for undergraduates to compliment University lectures, seminars and practical work.
Undergraduates apply to a College.
Graduates apply first to the University and then choose a College.
Cambridge is one of the best universities in the world in terms of its academic reputation. Study life is intense and intellectually demanding and we place great emphasis on independent and self-directed learning.
To ensure you gain the full benefit of the academic programmes we offer, we set high academic entrance requirements and require you to prove high levels of English language competence; without these you might struggle. These requirements are fully explained in the admissions pages and course details.