Going to study in another country, another culture and possibly in another language can be a daunting prospect. The University’s Language Centre has designed an online learning tool to help international students prepare for studies at Cambridge prior to arrival. The interactive training modules have been developed primarily for students who have English as a second language and have not previously studied in the UK although other international students unfamiliar with UK Higher Education and Cambridge may find some aspects useful. Whilst the modules have been written for graduate students, undergraduates are likely to find them a useful introduction to study at Cambridge in the context of developing academic English skills.
The aim of the online learning tool is to guide you in what to expect from academic study at university in the UK, introduce you to cultural aspects of life and study and help prepare you for the transition to Cambridge and its methods of teaching and learning. Both students and academics have contributed to the development of the modules and you will read and hear their views on a wide range of matters central to successful studying in English as part of the modules. Each section features activities, audio clips and videos, and offers notes on UK HE and the University of Cambridge, its history, culture and conventions. We hope that this will help you prepare for your studies here and will be of use to you during them too.