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International Students


Cambridge is probably different to any educational establishment you have experienced. It is a confederation of Schools, Faculties, Departments and 31 autonomous Colleges and is often referred to as a collegiate University. 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.

Postgraduates apply first to the University and choose a College preference on their application.

Cambridge, founded in 1209, is consistently ranked as one of the best universities in the world. 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.