It is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world (after theUniversity of Oxford), and the third-oldest surviving university in the world. The university is considered to be one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the United Kingdom and the world.
In 2012 the University of Cambridge was ranked 3rd in the Times Higher Education World University Reputation rankings, 1st in the Complete University Guide 2013 ranking of UK Universities, 2nd in the2012/13 QS World University Rankings and 2nd in the 2012 US News World's Best Universities rankings.
With more than 18,000 students from all walks of life and all corners of the world, nearly 9,000 staff, 31 Colleges and 150 Departments, Faculties, Schools and other institutions, no two days are ever the same at the University of Cambridge.
The University offers a wide range of undergraduate courses in arts, social science, medicine, science and engineering disciplines.
In most subjects, the first degree at Cambridge is the Bachelor of Arts (with Honours). In this context, the word 'arts' is used as a synonym for 'skills' and covers all subjects including the sciences. The BA degree is normally a three-year post-secondary school course but some subjects such as Engineering, Physics, Chemistry and Modern Languages can be studied over four years.
As a graduate student at Cambridge you will be a member of a world-leading University, with departments internationally renowned for their research and the originality and significance of the work contributed by their academics. You will receive close individual support from an expert in your field - your faculty or department will assign you a personal supervisor whose role is to guide your programme of study or research. The availability of a suitable supervisor is one of the factors a faculty or department takes into account when considering your application.
Statistics as in 2010-2011
Student Health Service:
The University of Cambridge does not have its own medical practice, and all students are advised to register with a local GP (general practitioner) when they arrive. Your college should be able to provide a list of local practices, or you could use the NHS Direct search facility.
The University has its own Dental Service that can provide NHS treatment to students. It also offers emergency after-hours treatment. Visit Dental Service at the University of Cambridge website.
Every year the University issues Health Guidelines to staff and students. These include information on meningitis, vaccinations, anaphylaxes and sexual health. In the event of an epidemic or pandemic it may also release information on the advice on the Health Protection Agency.
Student Accommodation Service:
All undergraduates will be housed in college accommodation, at least during their first year. Colleges also try to provide accommodation for most new graduate students. Where this is not possible, or not practical, the University's Accommodation Service can provide useful support.
Visit University of Cambridge Student Accommodation Service website.
Food / Eating:
There are many places to eat in Cambridge, some of them run by the University, for example the Riverside Restaurant at the University Centre, as well as outlets near departments and faculties.
All colleges provide meals and, naturally, encourage their students to use their dining halls and cafeterias. Both University and college facilities tend to be good value for money.
Enjoying spectacular views across the River Cam in the heart of the city of Cambridge, the University Centre is the perfect place to relax, whether you’re looking to settle into an armchair with a coffee and a newspaper or meet friends for a lively lunch. Open from 9 am until 11 pm every day (until 10.30 pm on Sundays). Shopes are: Riverside Restaurant, Main Dining Hall, Granta Lounge and Grads Cafe.
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University of Cambridge Sport and Fitness:
For many people sport at Cambridge is empitomised by the annual Boat Race against Oxford, but there is more to Cambridge sport than rowing. There are countless opportunities to join a Univeristy sport club. In addition, most colleges have their own sports teams and many have excellent facilities. Friendly, but fierce, competition is guaranteed through the intercollegiate 'Cuppers'. Visit Cambridge University Sport and Fitness website.
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