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Study at Cambridge: primary, secondary, higher education for foreign students


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Study at Cambridge: primary, secondary, higher education for foreign students


Cambridge is a small town famous for its ancient and prestigious university. But the city has something to offer both schoolchildren and students, besides a prestigious university! Cambridge attracts students for its proximity to London with its entertainment and employment opportunities, it is a culturally, religiously, and racially diverse city. The large student community makes it colorful and bustling from September to June, and tourists prefer to visit the city in the summer months.

Schools in Cambridge

Public and private schools cater to Cambridge students from childhood to secondary school age. There are 35 public schools in the city that provide comprehensive secondary education. Many other Cambridge students attend rural colleges, educational institutions unique to Cambridgeshire that serve as secondary schools during the day and centers for adult learning outside of school hours. Independent schools include:

  • Perse school
  • Stephen perse foundation
  • Sancton wood school
  • St Mary's School
  • Heritage School
  • Leys School.

The city is also home to the University of Technology College and the Cambridge Academy of Science and Technology, which opened in September 2014.

Cambridge International School

Cambridge International School teaches children from 11 to 16 years old, up to 16 children study in each class. The school is located in Abington, a beautiful countryside just outside Cambridge. IGCSE and A-Levels have been widely recognized by higher education institutions and employers around the world as evidence of academic ability. Students undergo internships, take part in various extracurricular activities, visit museums, galleries, theaters, make international trips to Iceland, New York, Geneva.

Higher education in Cambridge

By some estimates, two local universities - the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University - serve about 30,000 students. There are also educational institutions of additional education in the city: Hills Road Sixth Form College, Long Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge Regional College.

University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge was founded in the first half of the 13th century: it sheltered dozens of students from Oxford who once left the alma-mater due to numerous conflicts. Today it is one of the two most prestigious universities in England, a beautiful campus in a cozy university town. Student contingent - 20 thousand people, teaching - 3 thousand people, self-government is organized, there is its own constitution. There are 31 colleges on the basis of the university, each of which has its own scientific focus. 3 colleges educate exclusively girls, others practice coeducation. Studying at Cambridge Colleges is preparation for entering a university.

The University offers bachelor's and master's programs in 6 departments, faculties operate on the basis of departments.

University of Cambridge offers:

  • Department of Arts and Humanities (architecture, history, theology, music, philosophy, the study of modern, ancient languages, art, oriental studies).
  • Department of Biological Sciences (biology, genetics, botany, pharmacology).
  • Department of Clinical Medicine (neurology, oncology, gynecology, psychiatry, etc.).
  • Department of Humanities and Sociology (Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, History, Jurisprudence, Criminalistics).
  • Department of Physics (chemistry, astronomy, physics, geography, mathematics).
  • Technological department (computer, engineering technology, business fundamentals, management).

Applicants are required to fill out an online application on the UCAS website a year before exams + a certificate confirming a high level of knowledge of English (A-Levels, IELTS, Pre-U) + an interview. The university welcomes students who know how to think outside the box: stress questions and extraordinary tasks are in the order of things here, teachers assess the cognitive abilities of applicants.

Undergraduates are tested, the topic of which is related to the chosen specialty.

Doctoral students submit an essay that reflects plans for future research work: they need to formulate a research topic and choose a scientific advisor.

Studying at Cambridge for future bachelors lasts 3-4 years, master's students - from 1 year.

The cost of studying in Cambridge for foreigners is higher than for students from the UK. The price per year for a bachelor's program is £ 15-30 thousand, for a master's program - £ 20-26 thousand, for doctoral studies - up to £ 36 thousand, for MBA courses - up to £ 45 thousand.

Cambridge students have excellent conditions for recreation on campus, in student residences. Separate interiors are decorated in the style of the Middle Ages. Living here is comfortable, cleaning and washing are entrusted to the service personnel, food can be ordered in a cafe or prepared in the kitchen.

Students become members of the famous Cambridge sports clubs, of which there are more than 100 at the university, instructors work on sports grounds. On weekends, university events are held: intellectual quizzes, dances.

Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University is the second university in Cambridge. This innovative, global university is ranked among the top 350 institutions in the world and welcomes students from over 185 countries. The university is located on the Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses. John Ruskin opened the Cambridge School of Art in 1858: the art school has grown into a major educational center offering a wide range of courses in the arts, humanities and social sciences, business, law, health care, education, science, computing, engineering. Certified specialists in business, computer technology undergo an internship for 1 year in the UK. The university accepts foreigners in September and January for most of the courses.

Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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