A global community
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, over 11 per cent of our undergraduates (around 1,300 students) are from overseas (outside the EU), representing more than 65 countries. It's a great place to be a student and has a truly diverse community so wherever you're from, you'll quickly start to make friends and feel at home. With everything that's on offer, you'll soon wonder how you're going to fit it all in!
- 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 run orientation sessions at the start of each year to help new international students settle into Cambridge. The International Students website provides lots of practical guidance for overseas freshers on coming to live and study in Cambridge from an international student perspective.
- 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.