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.
Research students may have the opportunity to gain supervising and demonstrating experience by undertaking teaching on behalf of Colleges and departments. Supervisions involve the teaching of undergraduates in small groups of between one and four students at regular intervals throughout the term. Demonstrating involves helping academic staff in running laboratory classes and various teaching exercises such as drawing or computer-aided process engineering. Such experience can be immensely valuable in developing a wide range of transferrable skills which can be important for future career success, whether in academia or in other fields.
n Cambridge, we are committed to achieving excellence in research and scholarship, and to ensuring that our research contributes to the well-being of society. We seek to provide a creative and supportive environment in which ideas are generated and can flourish. The excellence and diversity of our research across the Schools of Arts & Humanities, Humanities & Social Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Technology, Physical Sciences and Biological Sciences, and our role as one of the founder members of the Cambridge Network, means that in addition to our achievements in fundamental research, we are also well-positioned to make significant contributions to the global innovation agenda and, by conveying the implications of our research, to contribute to the formulation of policy.
The 2019 Cambridge Careers Guide is packed with practical advice and information on employers targeting University of Cambridge students.
The Guide is sent to all colleges at the start of Michaelmas Term. Ask your porters if you are not sure where the Guides are in your college, or you can collect a free copy from the Careers Service.
You can also read the Guide online.
This section provides pre-arrival information on some of the practical aspects of living and studying in Cambridge as an international student as well as details on the support you can expect to receive during your first few weeks.
Our International Student Guide provides practical pre-arrival and orientation information to help students coming from outside the UK plan their move to Cambridge.
It includes guidance on travelling to Cambridge, opening a bank account, living in the UK and the University's support services. It also has a useful glossary of Cambridge terminology and provides some practical advice from current international students to help you settle in.
For full-time students, Cambridge is a residential University. Colleges generally accommodate all undergraduates and some graduates.
If you are not in College accommodation, the University has an Accommodation Service. This service offers information and support in finding accommodation, whether on long, medium or short-term periods. The Accommodation Service also list providers of temporary accommodation, such as Bed and Breakfasts, Hostels and Hotels.
Not only must you live within a certain distance of the centre of Cambridge, to be eligible for your award, you also have to bein residencefor a minimum number of nights per term and engage with your studies for a minimum period.
The Campus Library, known as the Ashburner Library, provides staff and students with access to the most up-to-date information sources available, assisting researchers to maintain their position at the cutting edge of scientific progress.
The Library never closes and is open to all Campus researchers. An extensive range of online journals and databases is accessible.
The Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS) IT Department provides local expertise, first-line advice and technical support onsite for a range of local and central applications.
The National Health Service (NHS) is the UK’s state healthcare system providing a wide range of health care services including appointments with a doctor, hospital treatment and dental care.
You should register with a doctor as soon as possible after your arrival in Cambridge.
You will need your passport and a letter from your College as proof you are a student.
The historic and multi-cultural city of Cambridge offers a range of facilities and activities from historic buildings to contemporary and modern art galleries, restaurants to meet every palate and budget, theatrical and music events providing varied programmes, access to green spaces and sporting opportunities.
The Graduate Union is the University-wide representative body for graduate students at Cambridge and is run by a Committee of elected officers.
Undergraduate students are members of the Cambridge University Students Union that represents students and provides dedicated services as well as having a separate international CUSU team. Undergraduate students might refer to CUSU's Freshers' Guide.
There are also over 700 registered student societies; of these more than 100 are internationally focussed and 30 are faith based.
Cambridge English has achieved the prestigious ServiceMark accreditation, the national standard of customer service accredited by the Institute of Customer Service. At the end of last year, the Cambridge English network services team was assessed by the Institute in the areas of customer satisfaction feedback and how employees engage with customer service.
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