Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world. Steeped in history, it has produced numerous alumni who have made significant discoveries in their fields and their ideas have changed the course of human history. Isaac Newton, Bertrand Russell, Ernest Rutherford, J J Thomson and Ludwig Wittgenstein are some of the names that come readily to mind.
What makes Cambridge unique?
In addition to lectures, students meet their subject supervisors individually or in pairs on a regular and frequent basis. Called the “supervision” in Cambridge, these meetings are more than teaching sessions: they offer students opportunities to ask questions, discuss ideas and challenge prevailing views with leading experts in their fields. This vigorous and inspiring system is regarded as the backbone of the Cambridge system.
A top-ranked university
Cambridge is consistently highly-ranked by international institutes using different methodologies. Cambridge came:
・seventh in the QS World University Rankings 2020;
・second in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019;
・fourth in the CWUR World University Rankings 2019-2020; and
・third in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) in 2019.
For those who will not pursue graduate studies, finding the right career path at the end of three (or four) happy undergraduate years at Cambridge can be a daunting prospect. The Careers Service will offer advice, post vacancies and generally support job applications. In the meantime, if you wish to gain work experience, more than a thousand internships and vacation placements are available every year through them.
Want to visit Cambridge to find out more?
The University’s main outreach event takes place over two days in July every year and targets Year 12 students, i.e. those who apply to Cambridge within the next three months. The next Cambridge Open Days will be on 2 and 3 July 2020. During these two days, all undergraduate colleges (responsible for student housing and arranging supervisions) and most departments (which organise lectures) will be open to visitors. Many departments will give presentations on their undergraduate courses. The Cambridge Open Days are free, but prior registration is necessary. For the Open Days in July 2020, registration will open in April 2020. For more details, go to https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/events/open-days