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Bellerbys College Cambridge

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Description Bellerbys College Cambridge

Year of foundation: 1959
Location: Cambridge
Age of students: 14-18 years
Type of education: joint
Number of students: 500, 100% are foreign students
Programs: A-level, University Foundation, Pre-GCSE, GCSE
Accommodation: residence, host family
Price: from 7370 GBP per term without residency
is in the TOP-30 list of private schools in Britain

Bellerbys College Cambridge is located in the world famous English university town of Cambridge. This place is a unique combination of history and modernity. The city in the east of Great Britain is known for its special atmosphere. Cambridge is often called as a town of youth. It really looks like a campus with its rules, procedures, structure, features. Bellerbis College Cambridge is a part of Cambridge University, one of the elements of the immense mechanism of the British educational school.

College education is offered at two campuses. Historical Queens is a landmark of the area where the school is located. The ultra-modern Manor is technocratic. Queens is located near the center of Cambridge, opposite to the picturesque Botanical Gardens. The building is a part of an ancient architectural ensemble of the historic district. Manor is located 2 km from the center of Cambridge and it is an independent campus.

The college is known for high standards of education. Thanks to the quality of academic preparation, graduates enter the most prestigious universities in Britain and in the world. Many college students choose Oxford, Cambridge, Exter University, London School of Economics, Universities of St. Petersburg, to continue their studies. Also, Andrews, Durham, London Imperial College.

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Bellerbys College Cambridge

Program name

The Pre-GCSE preparatory course for undergraduate education provides a chance for foreigners to enter the main GCSE program without the required level of English proficiency. Schoolchildren undergo a program consisting of 5 to 10 subjects, which necessarily include a mathematical course and four academic training courses (they can be chosen). Bellerbys College Cambridge devotes considerable attention to the preparation of the Pre-GCSE pre-program, which allows students to gain system knowledge and can continue their education at the next level.

Beginning: September, January

07.09.2015 -24.06.2016
from 7 370 £ / term

The GCSE training complex provides for part-time secondary education and meets 8-9 years of study. After completion of the program, students can pass a single national exam and become the owner of the GCSE certificate of incomplete secondary education. For two years of the program, it is necessary to study three academic disciplines: English, mathematics and foreign. College Bellerbys Cambridge provides an opportunity to choose from more than 70 destinations those that are necessary for the child for subsequent admission to special training programs. Of the compulsory academic subjects on a single exam, you can take only two, from selective - from three to five specializations.

The learning process is mainly concentrated in classes and laboratories (conducting experiments). Teachers present basic material to schoolchildren, learn how to work independently and in groups, assess success with tests. Interrogation of pupils is carried out regularly and is reflected in the final evaluations. The child's ability to engage in research research and conduct individual projects is also taken into account.

On the national uniform exams, you can take such disciplines: modern computer technology, biology, economic theory, physics, chemistry.

Beginning: September, January

07.09.2015 -24.06.2016
from 8 170 £ / term

The first year of A-level training will require excellent knowledge in four subjects. In the second year students will focus on 3 scientific areas. When choosing a natural science unit, you can study mathematics (+ strengthened course of higher education), biology, chemical fundamentals or physics. An orientation is envisaged for the block of "jurisprudence plus business", which allows a profound passage of mathematics, the course of accounting and economics. Examination of students usually takes place in January and May. The number of people in groups is small, so teachers are able to adjust the requirements and the training mode for each student.

The two-year A-level program shows a very high level of success: about 90% of schoolchildren receive A * -C results, and more than 60% continue their education at the best British universities.

Graduates of A-level take Rating and world-famous York, Bristol (Bristol University), LondonSchoolofEconomics, RoyalHolloway, Oxford (Oxford University), UniversityCollegeLondon, Aston, Cambridge (Cambridge University), St.Petersburg. Andrew's, Warwick, ImperialCollege (Imperial College), Durham, Bath.

Beginning: September, January

07.09.2015 -24.06.2016
from 6 915 £ / term

The program is based on the A-level, but the choice of professional orientation is simplified by 8 subject complexes. The Foundation was tested and accredited for the requirements of Lancaster University, which is included in the top 20 best British universities. The program provides training in the following areas: law, mass media, precise subjects (+ medicine, pharmacology), business (+ finance), design (art), engineering, humanities, management of modern technologies. Each of the blocks contains several disciplines and provides for the study of 4 main modules and 6 specialized ones. At the end of the module, students take exams and written final work (at the rate).

Beginning: September, January

21.06.2015 -29.08.2015
from 1 800 £ / 2 week

Bellerbys Summer

This is the perfect place to practice spoken English, develop creativity and prepare for the British education system. There are three options to choose from depending on the experience that you want to acquire: an academic course, creative or active. Any of these three courses includes intensive English classes - at least 15 hours a week.

Information on the course:

Age: 14-17

Course duration: 2 or 4 weeks

Entry requirements: 3.5 IELTS, TOEFL 417 Computer testing - 108) or Pearson Test of English Academic 30-34

The cost of the program:

£ 900 per week, including training, 3 meals a day, accommodation in a residence in single rooms with all amenities, entertainment and excursions. 999.17]

Accommodation and food

Accommodation in Bellerbis College Cambridge is offered in a host family and residence. Each option has its own advantages. Living in a host family allows to fully immerse in British culture. At the residence students become immersed in a multicultural environment. The buildings have a friendly atmosphere. Accommodation is offered to students in 1-2-bed rooms. The apartment has everything necessary for a comfortable stay.

Family meals are organized on a half-board basis (breakfast, dinner). Students are dining in the cafeteria of the college. For residents there are 3 meals a day. Additionally, students can cook in the kitchen in the hostel.

Cost of living:

  • family, sharing room, two meals - £ 1,940 per term;
  • family, single room, two meals - £ 2,330 per term;
  • family, joint room, increased comfort, up to 16 years - £ 2,330 per term
  • family, single room, increased comfort, up to 16 years - £ 2,710 per trimester
  • family, shared room, private shower - £ 2,720 per term;
  • family, single room, private shower - £ 2,870 per semester;
  • residence, single room, two meals - £ 3,740 per term
  • residence, single room, two meals, private shower - £ 4,500 per term;
  • residence, single room, self-service, personal shower 18+ (Tripos) - £ 3,720 per trimester;
  • studio, self-service, personal shower (Purbeck House) - £ 5,290 per term;
  • single room self-service, personal shower (Purbeck house) - £ 6,080 per term;

Subjects and sport

Subjects list: Art and design, Basics of doing business, biology, Chemical technologies, chemistry, computer science, economics, engineering, English, Higher mathematics, Information Technology, mass media, maths, medicine, Natural Sciences, pharmacology, physics, psychology, right, Technical science,  Technology management
Events list: amusement park, basketball, Cruise on the River Thames, Cyclotourism, football, Shopping, swimming, Weightlifting, yoga


  • A wide range of universities. College graduates can enter TOP-100 prestigious universities in the UK.
  • Prestige education. More than 40% of college graduates (A-level programme) receive places in TOP-10 universities in the country.
  • Guarantees. After graduating from the college (Foundation), the student is guaranteed to enter one of the 50 partner universities. 
  • Flexible schedule that allows to start the pre-university preparation in September, January, April or June.
  • The atmosphere at Bellerbys College Cambridge honors academic standards. Foreign students study in English, which allows them to become immersed  in the educational environment and adapt to it in a short time.
  • Small groups. Students study in classes of 15 people. This provides an opportunity for teachers to give attention to each student. 

Equipment Bellerbys College Cambridge

The buildings of the college are very well equipped. Modern technology, teaching facilities are in the lecture halls, specialized classrooms, computer classroom, library. Free wireless Internet is available. For leisure students are offered a cafeteria. In addition, there is everything you need for doing sports in the college. Halls, platforms are equipped with the necessary equipment.

Term dates and fees

The academic year at Bellerbys College Cambridge begins on September 10th. Autumn semester is completed before December 12. Christmas holidays last from December 13 to January 4. Winter trimester starts on January 5 and ends on March 27. Spring holidays are from March 28 to April 13. Spring term begins on April 13, and ends on June 12.

When entering the college, parents of students should take into account several additional payments. College obliges to pay two deposits: to confirm the place in the school (1500 pounds sterling) and for studying (the cost of one trimester of study). Consultations and support of the curator are not included in the tuition fee and are paid separately. Also, a registration fee is charged at the school - £ 160. For students with insufficient English proficiency, the school will offer EFL lessons for an additional fee. The course in each trimester is paid in the amount of 1200 pounds.

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution


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Bellerbys College Cambridge reviews


I've been getting used to a new British environment for a whole month: cultural, behavioral, academic, so I can cover new moments for myself - maybe this will be useful for you.

I'm studying in my college. As I said before, here we choose the subjects that we will teach and pass on exams: I have mathematics (Further Maths), computer science, economics and psychology. Here in order and in more detail:

1) Psychology. Oh, this is the most difficult subject for me. I am glad that we have finally got a stable qualified teacher - Bellatrix from Colombia, but has been working in Cambridge for many, many years. Probably, an important role is played by the fact that I do not perceive psychology as a full-fledged science (and now do not even think of persuading me), it is not tolerant enough (for example, in relation to sexual minorities), etc. We write a lot, and here are our difficulties: your letter and the work as a whole should be grammatically correct, accurate, fit the academic style and - attention! - adhere to the official regulations. That is, in fact, your point of view is of no interest to anyone: you must rely on modern results of research and experiments (as for me, in psychology it is generally an inaccurate indicator), and personal subjective reasoning can significantly reduce your scores. In general, now I understood why many people called psychology one of the most difficult subjects of A-level.

2) Mathematics. Well, everything is much simpler here: studying mathematics in England is really many times easier than in Russia. We started with lessons on constructing graphs, quadratic equations and linear inequalities, now we have moved to the most basic and simple laws of integration and differentiation, the simplest logarithms and the derivative. Teachers say that Russian students in principle always show themselves well on this subject - but it must be remembered that the methodology itself is completely different, I'm being scolded for "irrational" methods of solution. Otherwise, the system of equations is recorded, do not use discriminant, but you can use calculators without limit! I was killed at all - local students even 2 to 5 degrees can not independently erect. My teacher in Russia would have destroyed it right! In general, in England, when studying mathematics, much more attention is paid to the theory: each regularity is explained in the most detailed way, formulas are derived, graphs and drawings are constructed. For me it is basically a good repetition, but for less developed students (the same Asians, and we have them as a group) it is generally useful.

3) The economy. The subject, without questions, is complex, but is taught very smoothly, so I'm sure that it is possible to "pull" every student on it. I really like our teacher (although not all share my opinion): he always answers all questions, gives detailed, detailed answers, very clear and objective. It can be difficult to understand Ian because of his emphasis, but I treat this as an additional language practice.

4) Informatics. Surprisingly, this here has become my favorite subject! It is taught linearly: we started with programming (very simple and non-stressful). I am absolutely delighted with Mr. Lord, our teacher! He graduated from Cambridge, but his appearance is a mixture of insomnia and a severe hangover. At the same time he is very friendly: he will always laugh at a good joke and joke himself, answer in detail every question - in short, it is a pleasure to work with him.

In general, already from the second week the learning process began to accelerate quickly: the information is more and more, the lessons are becoming more complicated, the homework is getting bigger.

While we were immersed in studies , Came the news that a university fair is being held in London, and turnout is compulsory for us. If you want, you can come with the group, and then stay in London, take a walk and return yourself. I seized the opportunity: London during my first trip I was not strong enough, and I wanted to walk, rest and take pictures.

On October 8 (Saturday) we plunged into the bus and for an hour and a half reached the capital - the fair was held in one of the hotels. Despite the large number of represented universities - about 50 - my priority Cambridge was not, but there were Manchester and Oxford, which I also considered. By the way, you should know that submitting documents to both Oxford and Cambridge is not the best idea: they track such applications and do not treat them very well. In general, for an hour I got at the exhibition all the information I wanted - and then I met my friend Stas, also Perm, who came to Moscow from Moscow.

We decided to leave lunch (good food in general is my passion), and decided to go to one of the most popular pizzerias in London - Franco Manca - which was literally half an hour's walk away. The popularity of the institution immediately expressed itself in the queue for the entrance: thank God, we stood only about 15 minutes, and after we were brought an order, we finally forgave this turn. Pizza is just unparalleled! Delicate thin dough, fresh ingredients, thick tomato sauce ... At the same time, a large standard pizza costs only 7 pounds, which is quite inexpensive for London. We even decided to boo and add different meat ingredients, paying 2 pounds.

The remaining hours of Saturday in London we decided to devote to shopping: I needed a coat for a long time, and where to buy it, how not in the capital of England? The process was not easy and took a lot of time (largely due to Asian crowds, besieging absolutely any stores). Prices here are either surprisingly democratic, or surprisingly sky-high. So, in one of the boutiques, Stas seized on a steep leather jacket, having read on the price tag that it costs only 80 pounds - but a strict store employee approached specified that its price is 2000 pounds. And he said it so arrogantly, severely, ironically ...

By God, he was sure that there was no place for such plebeians in his sacred store and was glad to get rid of us so quickly. Coats for me we found literally in the last minute: it fits perfectly, very nice to the touch and the right color. They turned a worthy Russian maneuver: in the store that day there were discounts and gifts when buying from 100, 200 and 300 pounds, so Stas bought himself another sweater, we repulsed the purchases together and won almost 50 pounds! A substantial amount, it was nice.

After the shops we zasobiralsya home and moved towards the station Kings Cross. At first we went down to the metro, but the price of the ticket to the goal (4.5 pounds, almost 400 rubles) was not pleased, and we spent an hour and a half on the road to the station. It was about 8 pm. I will say that for that year, while I was not in England, the tickets went up very noticeably. Earlier we paid 16 pounds in both directions (Cambridge-London and back), now the ticket to one side only costs 16.50 pounds. Expensive, alas, but here you can not get there on foot, we did not have a way out.

So, a new school week has begun - a 4 week training session for new students consists of progress tests that should show your level of knowledge and the first modest successes. So, my achievements:

  • Mathematics = A (in general, not bad, but a few stupid mistakes mowed me as much as 20% of the total number of points)
  • Informatics = A (here I managed to complete 100% of tasks)
  • [ 999.62] Economy = B (72%, not very healthy, but the rest were much worse)
  • Psychology = S. Dislike for this subject added.

I must say that although not all test results pleased, but they clearly showed where I am lagging behind and where it is necessary to deal more persistently, what mistakes to pay special attention to - and for that, thanks.

The next week was generally flat. After 5 weeks of study, we were waited for Half-term - something like a week-long autumn vacation: there are no lessons, but the homework was stopped.

What does not concern learning ... my Asian neighbor has moved, and God, how glad I am! I just could not help but smile for a few days! I have already spoken about his intolerant and vile norms of behavior (as a neighbor he is just Satan), but this could have been tolerated if his impassable stupidity. Well, how can you come to England for serious training and almost do not know English? His pronunciation and suggestions are a nightmare for any teacher, in order to understand him, one has to be at least a psychic. I tried to help him with the same mathematics, in the evenings I painted graphics for him - but to no avail. If a person at the age of 17 with a completed secondary education does not know how to draw the simplest parabola (the same one as y = x ^ 2), then I pass. Well, all in the past, he finally moved out - moved to his own in the hostel. Two weeks I live without a neighbor (what a buzz!), And then promised to send a student from Indonesia. I hope it will be better - in principle about Indonesian college students I have quite good memories.

In general, do not think that I am a racist or some kind of super-intolerant, but during my studies in England, my attitude towards Chinese citizens has finally deteriorated. Firstly, very few of them speak English: no, I understand that more than 2 billion people speak Chinese, but this does not mean that other languages ​​should be ignored? In this regard, all Slavic children (Russia and the CIS) cause real pride: almost everyone speaks the language well - someone is better, someone is worse, but they explain themselves decently, express their thoughts clearly, the pronunciation corrects. The Chinese are very noisy, sluggish, pile up constantly, laugh and loudly yell at their brethren - in short, uncultured it all.

From personal thoughts I can say that for a month and a half of college I realized that England is a completely different country than Russia. I can not say that I am disappointed: here are still excellent living conditions, sympathetic and kind people, age-old traditions - but it's not easy to live here who came with a completely different mentality. Perhaps I'm so lonely, because I have not found good friends here yet? Very high prices for just about everything - but for the sake of justice we note that the quality of everything is very high. With my host, Veronica, I now have a great relationship, we are attached to each other (especially after the departure of a Chinese neighbor, haha). Study eats 90% of my time - the rest of the time I chat with friends from Russia or play the guitar.

Yes, far from home is not easy - but this is not the reason to give up the dream that can be realized in England. I miss the house, family, friends, there is not enough person to whom you can say anything at any time ... But from this only you are waiting for the arrival home, when you can hug all your relatives and friends - and then again to go for your dream to Cambridge.


Studying at Bellerbys College (Cambridge), I shared a room with an Asian student from Hong Kong: his name was Shek Chun, but like many students from Asia, he took on a more "English" name - Chose Heaven (Haven). I came before him, but this is normal practice: I just waited for my neighbor, although I did not know in advance who he would be. Haven is ambitious: he wants to enter Cambridge at the Faculty of Economics.

On the first day, having met, we went to the post office: I needed to get Biometric Residence Permit, and Haven got the certificate already in college. Biometric Residence Permit is something between the student's card and the visa: it has information about you, terms of validity, working conditions (if possible), etc. The map was fast enough, so the rest of the time was spent for a walk around Cambridge.

We went to a place I already know - the Butch Annie's pub: here, in my humble opinion, the best burgers in the world, the relaxed atmosphere of the US bar of the 70s, many beer taps on Stand - it's not my part, but it looks impressive. Prices for Russia (and for Hong Kong, as it turned out, too) seem high, but for Britain it's quite normal: for a burger of the order of 7-9 pounds, for a full dinner with drinks - 10-20 pounds. Not cheap, but this is the country.

We went to the bookstore: we managed to buy a new book "Harry Potter" in a terrific edition, and then went home - usually the road takes about 25-30 minutes by bus , But in the conditions of "rush hour" - about an hour.

On the way we went to the Tesco hypermarket: it stands very close to our house, which is very convenient - here and all kinds of products , And little things for the house, and even clothes and shoes. Of course, prices are higher than those we are used to, but on the other hand, there are a lot of discounts in the spirit of "take more-pay less": 24 cans of Coke, for example, cost only 7 pounds. Particularly amazed by the assortment - of course, such in most Russian stores, even large ones, no: any meat, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, snacks, fresh pastries, different delicacies - anything your heart desires. And all this is as fresh, clean, neat and beautifully decomposed, never to find an expired or rotten goods. A fairy tale for housewives and amateurs to cook!

On the 14th we were given the first meeting at the college, and for the introductory period - Introduction - it was allotted for three days already. The road to Bellerbys College took about half an hour by bus and 10 minutes on foot: on the first day our host, Veronika, even escorted us to the bus stop so that we would not get confused - it was very nice of her.

The college building was built in 1891: for Cambridge this, of course, is not such a long time, but for us Europeans, the majesty of buildings and the spirit of olden time is simply unmatched!

We were met personally by the director, Nick Waite: a stunningly friendly, friendly, constantly smiling person: answered all questions of us and parents (many Decided on the first day to accompany their children). Gradually arrived students convinced me that I will study in an international - and, to put it mildly - the situation. Most of the students were Asians, and only six were citizens of Russia and the CIS. Imagine my surprise when I found out that the only Russian, except me, also came from my city, from Perm!

The first day was devoted to the course of team building (team building and development of leadership qualities), filling out medical insurance and listening to general information about the college, rules of conduct and safety. On the second day, we were told in detail about our training program - then the most interesting thing began. I entered the A-level course - and they made it clear to us that we are waiting for 2 years of real Spartan tests. So, in brief:

A-level - the program is a two-year one. The first year, AS, we will study 4 selected subjects and take exams in May-June. The results of the exam are not so valuable as the results for the second year, but many universities also take them into account, so it will be necessary to try from the very beginning. In addition to the basic subjects, we will prepare a research project (Extended project). The project can be performed in any form, from the literary essay to the model of the building, the main thing is that the topics correspond to the area in which you plan to advance at the university. It's like a semi-exam, adds credits to your diploma.

The second year is A2 - and for successful admission to the university you must pass a good level of at least 3 exams (that is, some items can be deducted from the original list). Also, those who need to pass more and IELTS, also prepare for the exam within two years. For each subject, 4 classes per class and 6 hours of homework are put on a weekly basis, in total it will be necessary to do 50 hours a week.

I can tell about the course itself after the first school week has ended. My group is scientific, AS Science. In the classroom there are about 10 people, most are again Asians, nothing surprising. Acquainted with our tutor, Claire, she's also an English teacher, though not with us. Lessons are in pairs, for an hour and a half hours, but all at school we spend a lot of time - until 15:00, and sometimes until 17:20. Well, they warned me that it's necessary to be ready for such intensity ...

The first lesson was economics. It took a little time to get used to the pronunciation of our teacher, Ian Hunt, but he explains it really cool. The course itself is similar to my 9-10 grade in the previous school, only the degree of study is more profound, more thoroughly everything is learned. But all the same I want to say thank you to my former school, because on the economy, I immediately felt more confident! The first lessons - in general, practically the repetition of the course of social studies: methodology, the main problems of the economy, types of resources ... Ian tells all in detail and interestingly, with a bunch of examples, trying to ask every student at least once a couple. It is very convenient that a separate time is allocated at the end of the class (outside the lesson), when the teacher can personally discuss with the student one or another difficult topic - this is called the strange word Surgeries, but in general a cool possibility.

After lunch, we had a psychology: we were given a lot of tasks, and if at first I had a certain prejudice about psychology, after the first tasks and lessons (for example, Zimbargo experiment was analyzed) I began to penetrate and be interested in such science .

The third lesson is computer science. Here everything is simple: we write programs on Visual Basic, promised and lecture classes, I will wait.

The fourth is mathematics. Well, the view was confirmed that in England mathematics is much simpler than in Russia: no difficult parameters and trigonometry, geometry. I liked the teacher very much: he was so calm, with measured speech, very friendly (well, the last card in general was a card by Bellerbis). Now we pass a parabola and square equations, soon there will be inequalities. Surprised that even the approach to the solution of tasks differs from Russian: for example, the interval method or the discriminant is practically not used, although it is not forbidden.

There are separate classes for preparation of projects - they are conducted by our kind teacher Andre (in fact, this is a soft and affectionate female name): she is very attentive to each of us, and I am sure that in future she will be It's easy and fun to work with.

I want to talk about the features of the application to the British College - UCAS application form. There are several "parts" here:

  • Educational achievements (actual progress)
  • Extracurricular activities: mugs, sections, sports and other clubs, etc. Especially this point draws attention to the most elite universities such as Cambridge - they seek to get interesting, versatile students, and not just zauchek. Thank God, in Bellerbys there is a lot of opportunities for pumping this point - from football to debate, clubs and circles a bunch, you can choose for yourself more interesting.
  • Estimated results A-level (this item is filled in with the teacher's recommendation, and do not count on indulgence here - all objectively and impartially)
  • Results of AS, that is examinations of the first year of study.

In the course of acquaintance (Introduction), we were also offered to have an account in an English bank, and I gladly took advantage of this opportunity. Firstly, the very phrase "I have an account in an English bank" sounds cool, and secondly, it allows you to transfer money to a card without commission (I have a Santander bank) and buy a local SIM card at a discount: it cost me 17 pounds Instead of 20.

The third day in the new college was dedicated to city tours: pouring rain (here it is England as it is!), So everyone was I'm glad that the tour bus. Especially memorable was the memorial complex in memory of the American soldiers, who significantly helped Cambridge during the Second World War.

On Saturday I went to Nelson: it was in his family that I lived during my first A trip to England, and it was necessary to happen that we met with him literally on the first day of my current training! I stayed with him all evening: we drank tea with a delicious pie, talked about current affairs, told who had what happened in the year. You can not imagine how pleasant it is to think that even in another country, not in Russia, there are your friends and people who are not indifferent to you!

Sunday I devoted a walk to Cambridge (this time alone). Autumn here is the most beautiful time of the city: ancient architecture, fallen leaves, cozy streets, cool clean air, a legendary university that is visible far away ... it is unusually beautiful! I also visited Fullborn (a suburb of Cambridge about one and a half kilometers from Cherry Hinton, where I live). Here, the fields and hills, as well as incredibly colorful mills, were remembered, as if from pages of books.

Without hostility, the host, of course, did not, I'm such a person. Veronica freely allowed us to cook in her kitchen, and I decided to fire steaks - in Tesco there was a magnificent marble meat. The steak turned out to be the most delicious, but now the smoke, traditional for cooking, caused the fire alarm to work: she squealed so that we all slightly lost the hearing for about 10 minutes.

I also realized that I probably do not like to live with representatives of Asian culture (I remind you, this time my neighbor from Hong Kong, and once again I lived with a neighbor from Taiwan). Their culture is very different from ours and seems alien: beginning from the norms of behavior at the table (champing and so on), the lack of an elementary, seemingly politeness (the words "thank you" and "please" are not accepted at all) and ending with the non-observance of the norms of personal space And time. For example, he decided to chat with his girlfriend on Skype at 9 am, and it's at full volume! Well, we'll have to get used to it, because we live with him for two more years, the entire course of training at the A-level.



My journey to the British school began with a long journey (I had to book transit tickets through Moscow, since I was from Perm). As it turned out, the journey between Russian airports is not the worst, because directly to Heathrow I was able to make sure that England is truly a country of queues: we had to stand on waiting for passport control for almost an hour and a half. The officer asked me to show in addition to the passport a letter from the immigration service, as well as CAS: this is a special document that your college or school gives you and where it is written, in which course and program you will study. For the sake of justice, I note that the verification of documents itself was quick, and all employees were polite and smiling. Hello, England!

I was met by a man from college: a nameplate, everything is as it should be. Very pleasant, sociable driver and escort. Alas, on the way to Cambridge, we managed to grab a penalty on the famous M25 highway for the fact that the driver drove to the lane on which the accident occurred. 100 pounds of penalty for an erroneous strip ... So I found out that in England the laws are really worth honoring, otherwise it's more expensive. By the way, I note that on the day of my arrival the bright sun was shining and it was +26 degrees! Well, where are the promised fogs and rain?

Cambridge himself fell in love with me at first sight. Although it is a very small town (it is home to only 120 thousand people), it is incredibly cozy, original, friendly and clean: pensioners are walking, children are frolic, countless students are hurrying ... The whole outskirts of Cambridge is very reminiscent of Little Winding town from Movies about Harry Potter (remember where the Dursleys lived?). The houses are small, low-rise buildings, lots of greenery, including the legendary well-groomed English lawns.

My host family's house is in the Cherry Hinton area: this is, as they say in Russia, Sleeping area, but to reach the center very easily and quickly, which made me bribe when choosing. My hostess (the host, as they are called here) is called Veronika: this is a miniature elderly woman with a soft smile and voice, working in regular time at the local hospital as an administrator. Very friendly, pleasant in communication, benevolent. She took me to the student room: I arrived first (another student was expected) and was able to choose a bigger room, in addition, with the best Internet signal - the router is right under my bed. The furnishings are standard (beds, table, chair, wardrobe), but very cozy, and from the window - a beautiful view of the common courtyard, well maintained and quiet.

When it was time for dinner, I appreciated the British punctuality: Veronica warned me that dinner is served at 18:00 and was not late for a minute . To me, exhausted by the trip, the table seemed just a gift of fate: the hostess prepared a pie with mushrooms and chicken, vegetables, potatoes with meat sauce and dessert - yogurt with a generous portion of strawberry jam. Veronica had dinner with me: during the conversation it turned out that she had a birthday on her day of arrival clearly! Alas, I did not even have any souvenirs in my suitcase, so I apologized and jumped out to the nearest supermarket for flowers and a postcard. How touched she was! I was even surprised to admit: after all, the British are very friendly and polite people.


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