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University of Cambridge

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University of Cambridge, Cambridge United Kingdom

Ranking

# 2QS World University Rankings

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32Undergraduate programs

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285Postgraduate programs

International

7973International students

About University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is rich in history - its famous Colleges and University buildings attract visitors from all over the world. But the University's museums and collections also hold many treasures which give an exciting insight into some of the scholarly activities, both past and present, of the University's academics and students.

The University of Cambridge is one of the oldest universities in the world and one of the largest in the United Kingdom. Its reputation for outstanding academic achievement is known world-wide and reflects the intellectual achievement of its students, as well as the world-class original research carried out by the staff of the University and the Colleges. Its reputation is endorsed by the Quality Assurance Agency and by other external reviewers of learning and teaching, such as External Examiners. These high standards are the result of both the learning opportunities offered at Cambridge and by its extensive resources, including libraries, museums and other collections. Teaching consists not only of lectures, seminars and practical classes led by people who are world experts in their field, but also more personalised teaching arranged through the Colleges. Many opportunities exist for students to interact with scholars of all levels, both formally and informally.

There are 31 Colleges in Cambridge. Three are for women (New Hall, Newnham and Lucy Cavendish) and two admit only graduates (Clare Hall and Darwin). The remainder house and teach all students enrolled in courses of study or research at the University. Each College is an independent institution with its own property and income. The Colleges appoint their own staff and are responsible for selecting students, in accordance with University regulations. The teaching of students is shared between the Colleges and University departments. Degrees are awarded by the University. Within each College, staff and students of all disciplines are brought together. This cross-fertilisation has encouraged the free exchange of ideas which has led to the creation of a number of new companies. Trinity and St John's have also established science parks, providing facilities for start-ups, and making a significant contribution to the identification of Cambridge as a centre of innovation and technology. In addition to the collections on display in the University's libraries & museums, there is a wealth of sporting and cultural activity at the University of Cambridge, much of it organised by individual clubs and societies run by staff and students. Although the University does not offer courses in the creative arts or sport, there is a strong tradition of achievement in these fields, with many former students going on to gain international standing as artists, performers and athletes. Initiatives ensure that aspiring performers enrich their education with a high level of activity outside the lecture. 

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About University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is rich in history - its famous Colleges and University buildings attract visitors from all over the world. But the University's museums and collections also hold many treasures which give an exciting insight into some of the scholarly activities, both past and present, of the University's academics and students.

The University of Cambridge is one of the oldest universities in the world and one of the largest in the United Kingdom. Its reputation for outstanding academic achievement is known world-wide and reflects the intellectual achievement of its students, as well as the world-class original research carried out by the staff of the University and the Colleges. Its reputation is endorsed by the Quality Assurance Agency and by other external reviewers of learning and teaching, such as External Examiners. These high standards are the result of both the learning opportunities offered at Cambridge and by its extensive resources, including libraries, museums and other collections. Teaching consists not only of lectures, seminars and practical classes led by people who are world experts in their field, but also more personalised teaching arranged through the Colleges. Many opportunities exist for students to interact with scholars of all levels, both formally and informally.

There are 31 Colleges in Cambridge. Three are for women (New Hall, Newnham and Lucy Cavendish) and two admit only graduates (Clare Hall and Darwin). The remainder house and teach all students enrolled in courses of study or research at the University. Each College is an independent institution with its own property and income. The Colleges appoint their own staff and are responsible for selecting students, in accordance with University regulations. The teaching of students is shared between the Colleges and University departments. Degrees are awarded by the University. Within each College, staff and students of all disciplines are brought together. This cross-fertilisation has encouraged the free exchange of ideas which has led to the creation of a number of new companies. Trinity and St John's have also established science parks, providing facilities for start-ups, and making a significant contribution to the identification of Cambridge as a centre of innovation and technology. In addition to the collections on display in the University's libraries & museums, there is a wealth of sporting and cultural activity at the University of Cambridge, much of it organised by individual clubs and societies run by staff and students. Although the University does not offer courses in the creative arts or sport, there is a strong tradition of achievement in these fields, with many former students going on to gain international standing as artists, performers and athletes. Initiatives ensure that aspiring performers enrich their education with a high level of activity outside the lecture. 

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University information

General

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3.25+
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Bachelor

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We admit the most academically able and motivated students and provide them with inspiring, world class teaching. We’re confident that we also offer the best resources and facilities to support their learning.

Libraries

You certainly won’t be short of libraries at Cambridge – the collegiate University has more than 100! Libraries provide study spaces, resources and staff to help you find what you need for your studies.

For further information, visit Cambridge Libraries.

Computing and IT

University Information Services (UIS) works in partnership with your College and department to provide all your computing needs while you're at Cambridge. 
The UIS offers all students comprehensive IT support, including:

  • eduroam wifi provision throughout the University and most Colleges
  • free email accounts and file storage
  • free software, including Microsoft 365 and Trellix antivirus protection
  • free IT training courses
  • a service desk

Language Centre

The Language Centre provides opportunities to all students wishing to take up or continue a language. Our Language Programme (CULP) offers taught courses at various levels in a number of languages. We also run a popular conversation exchange scheme with native speakers, and conversation sessions for students to maintain their spoken ability. 
Our range of static and interactive resources includes books, CDs, foreign films and online programmes. In addition, the John Trim Centre houses self-study resources in more than 180 languages (including English) and a dedicated Advising Team is on hand to help.

Museums and collections

Cambridge has nine specialist museums and collections, all of which are open to students and the public. The fascinating exhibits range from dinosaurs to modern art, and rock samples to Rembrandt. Even if none relates directly to your course, a look at the whale skeletons, classical sculpture or even the camera used by Robert Falcon Scott at the South Pole in 1912 has to add something to your time at Cambridge!
Highlights from our museums and collections include:

  • Snow goggles used by Ernest Shackleton
  • 140 million year old fossil ferns
  • Samurai armour complete with a moustache made of boar’s bristles
  • Rembrandt, Titian and Monet at the Fitzwilliam Museum
  • Modern and contemporary art at Kettle’s Yard
  • Charles Darwin’s microscope
  • 21 metre fin whale skeleton

For further information, visit the museums and collections website.


Facilities for worship, celebration and meditation

There are religion-specific places of worship in and around Cambridge for those following the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faiths, and many Colleges have chapels and designated spaces for prayer and reflection by students of all faiths or none.
A number of rooms are also made available by the University for its students, staff and authorised visitors with the primary purpose of providing a safe, clean and inclusive place for worship, celebration or meditation.

For further information, see www.studentwellbeing.admin.cam.ac.uk

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Student life

There’s lots going on within the University and Colleges, and with students accounting for about a fifth of the city’s overall population, Cambridge is a great place to be a student!


Getting around Cambridge

Most University buildings are situated in the city centre and it’s easiest to travel between them on foot or by bicycle (one of the most popular modes of transport for our students). 


Entertainment, music and comedy

However you like to spend your time, there’s always something to keep you entertained. Cambridge has theatres, cinemas and entertainment venues offering varied programmes that include comedy, drama, dance, concerts and club nights.

Live music is also a big part of life in both the city and University, from buskers and pub gigs, to classical concerts and big name acts. The city usually hosts a number of music festivals featuring a wide variety of acts and musical styles, including folk, jazz, rock, ska, UK urban and dance..


Pubs, clubs and restaurants

Cambridge has a great range of pubs, bars and cafes, from traditional pubs with open fires to modern bars overlooking the river.

There’s a great selection of places to eat for any mood, taste, occasion, and budget. Better still, various cafés and restaurants offer special discounts for students.


Shopping

Cambridge’s three shopping centres and the city’s central streets house most high-street names alongside independent shops and boutiques. The stalls in Market Square sell handmade jewellery, vintage clothes, books and much more. You can pick up baked goods and local produce as well as a range of street food from around the world.


Outside the city

When you want to escape, the countryside is very close with pleasant walking and cycle routes from the city centre to the surrounding villages. There’s plenty to discover in the region:


  • Walking and cycling routes
  • Punting up the river to Grantchester
  • Ely and its cathedral
  • Historical buildings, gardens and museums

Nature reserves, wildlife parks and coastline

If you want to explore further afield, Cambridge has direct rail links to London, Brighton and Birmingham.

Tuition fee and scholarships

One of the important factors when considering a master's degree is the cost of study. Luckily, there are many options available to help students fund their master's programme. Download your copy of the Scholarship Guide to find out which scholarships from around the world could be available to you, and how to apply for them.

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Rankings & ratings

University of Cambridge is one of the top public universities in Cambridge, United Kingdom. It is ranked #2 in QS World University Rankings 2024.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #2
  • 2014
    #3
  • 2015
    #=2
  • 2016
    #=3
  • 2017
    #4
  • 2018
    #5
  • 2019
    #6
  • 2020
    #7
  • 2021
    #7
  • 2022
    #=3
  • 2023
    #2
  • 2024
    #2

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