The University has its own academic conventions and expects you to take responsibility for your own learning. Academic support is provided by your College and Faculty/Department.
The way we teach, the assessment methods used, the emphasis on independent and self-directed learning may be very different to what you are used to and so your course handbook should help you understand what the course involves (e.g. course structure, teaching approach, academic conventions, methods of assessment) and what is expected from you.
As a student, you benefit from access to some of the best library and museum collections in the world, as well as other specialist resources such as the Language Centre, and IT facilities.
The University provides strong support for your personal, professional and career development and as such offers information and opportunities to enhance and develop your skills to help you achieve your full potential, both personally and professionally.
If you are a visiting student, before arriving you will have established what study/research you can undertake at Cambridge. If your home institution requires a record of your time here, you must ensure this is discussed and agreed before any arrangement is finalised.
Rules and Regulations
The University has its own regulations, which all students must adhere to, and are set out in its Statutes and Ordinances. The regulations include such matters as University discipline, public gatherings, and freedom of speech. These regulations may be very different to what you have experienced or known. As a student in the UK you are obliged to comply with a number of of legal regulations. These include requirements in respect of copyright, intellectual property, data protection, and freedom of information.
The University takes a strong stance on plagiarism, and if detected it can lead to disciplinary action that could affect your degree. ('Plagiarism' is defined as submitting as one's own work, irrespective of intent to deceive, that which derives in part or in its entirety from the work of others without due acknowledgement. It is both poor scholarship and a breach of academic integrity.’) To help you understand University conventions, the University provides detailed information.
Some faculties and departments produce guidance about local good academic practice.
For information about developing your study skills whilst are Cambridge, see Cambridge students.