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Undergraduate Study


A global community

The University of Cambridge is one of the oldest and most distinguished universities in the world. We've been teaching here since 1209 and today more than 25% of our undergraduates (around 3,100 students) are from outside the UK, representing around 100 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.

  • Academic excellence. Cambridge is consistently rated among the top institutions in 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. There's more information about the structure of our courses, and how you're taught and assessed in the courses section of this website and in individual course outlines.
  • The Colleges. Cambridge is a 'collegiate' university which 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 more than 100 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.

Settling in

To help you settle in there's a huge range of information, events and activities for new overseas undergraduates.

  • 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.
  • The Cambridge SU International Students’ Campaign (part of Cambridge University Students' Union, Cambridge SU), 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.

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