The University of Cambridge is one of the oldest and most distinguished universities in the world. Teaching has taken place here since 1209 and today there are more than 21,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University, including around 1,300 international undergraduate students from more than 65 different countries studying undergraduate courses.
- Academic excellence - Cambridge is consistently rated at the top of international league tables for the quality of our teaching and research and offers undergraduate degree courses in the arts, social sciences, sciences, engineering and medical sciences.
- Teaching - Cambridge is one of the best universities in the world – our teaching staff includes many national and world subject leaders; and as well as lectures, seminars and practicals, you receive more personal tuition through the supervision system.
- The Colleges - Cambridge is a 'collegiate' university. This means that it comprises various faculties and departments in different academic subjects and a number of Colleges.
- Facilities - We admit the most academically able and motivated students to our courses and provide them with inspiring teaching that’s respected the world over. In order to support your studies, you have access to wide-ranging learning resources and up-to-date facilities, including 114 libraries and nine specialist museums and collections.
- Support - Our extensive system of welfare and support means that your individual needs can be recognised and met. As a result, we consistently have one of the highest student retention rates in the UK.
- Careers - Cambridge graduates from all disciplines go into a very wide range of occupations, and are highly employable and greatly sought after due to the key transferable skills you develop and hone here – in fact, the University is in the top three in the world for employer reputation (QS World University Rankings 2013).
To help you settle in there's a huge range of information, events and activities for new overseas undergraduates.
- The University's International Student Team runs an orientation programme at the start of each year to give basic information about the University and an opportunity to meet other international students.
- There’s a variety of information for overseas freshers, such as the International Students’ Portal and the International Freshers' Guide.
- iCUSU (part of Cambridge University Students' Union, CUSU), represents international students studying at Cambridge. The group welcomes new international students when they arrive in Cambridge and organises social events before freshers' week and throughout the year.