The way we teach, the assessment methods use, the emphasis on independent and self-directed learning may be very different to what you are used to and so your course handbook might help you understand what the course involves (e.g. course structure, teaching approach, academic conventions, methods of assessment) and what is expected from you.
The Current Students site also provides advice on developing your study skills whilst at Cambridge and how to conform to academic practices.
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.
Rules & 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. Therefore, familiarising yourself with these now might help you understand what is expected from you in your studies.
As a student in the UK you are obliged to comply with a number of legal regulations. These include requirements in respect of copyright, intellectual property, data protection, and freedom of information.
Whilst we hope that your studies proceed smoothly, the University has procedures and processes to handle student complaint, reviews and appeals.