Cambridge University

University of Cambridge. The ranking that has been published since 2004 and has been gaining increasing influence among academics around the world, consider Cambridge the best university in the world, where studying can cost around 35,000 dollars a year. And it is also the second oldest British university behind Oxford.


Cambridge University Located at the Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge CB2 1tn, it is the second oldest in the Anglo-Saxon world. The initial records have been lost, but the university was probably formed in 1209. It is one of the most demanding and prestigious universities. From its origins it has rivaled Oxford in the formation of Britain’s intellectual and political elite; the pair is known as Oxbridge.Member of the Russell Group (a network of Great British research-oriented universities), the Coimbra Group (an association of leading European universities) and the league of European Research Universities (LERU).


The university was formed from a group of thirty-one Independent Colleges. Each college still maintains considerable autonomy within the University.For example, each college decides its admission rules and appoints its own members of greater dignity. They are responsible for the domestic affairs and welfare of students and for teaching to small groups, which is known as supervision. There is no external intervention in university government. The highest authority is the Regent House which has as members the entire academic body of Cambridge, although there is a more executive body called the Council.

The current Chancellor of the University is

Lord Sainsbury of Turville.
Lord Sainsbury of Turville elected by vote of the Senate in October 2011. The Chancellor presides over important ceremonies, the best known being the annual ceremony of awarding honorary degrees, while the Royal Government of the University falls to the Vice Chancellor, also known as Rector, who is currently the professor

Sir Leszek Borysiewicz.
Sir Leszek Borysiewicz installed in this position on 1 October 2010.


Several religious communities, including the Franciscans and the Order of Preachers, established residences and associated schools in Cambridge in the early 12th century. In the thirteenth century, students from the University of Oxford and the University of Paris went to study at Cambridge. By the year 1209, the University of Cambridge had already been established. The origin of the colleges can be traced back to Student Associations, other than religious groups, which began to stay in independent hostels or residences. Over the centuries, these residences were donated by private benefactors. The one who started this tradition was Hugh de Balsham, Bishop of Ely, who in 1284 founded Peterhouse, the first of Cambridge’s major colleges. The second oldest college was King’s Hall which was founded in 1317, although it ceased to exist as a separate entity when it was absorbed by Trinity College when it was founded. In 1318, Pope John XXII proclaimed a bull recognizing Cambridge as studium generale, that is, a university. Five new colleges were established during the fourteenth century, four in the fifteenth and six in the sixteenth. The remaining colleges, however, were not founded until the nineteenth century. The first schools for women were Girton College in 1869 and Newnham College in 1872. The first women were able to take their exams in 1882 but only in 1947 were they granted the possibility of being full members of the University, 20 years later than at Oxford. Of the 31 schools, three are now exclusively for women (Lucy Cavendish, New Hall, and Newnham), and two are exclusively for graduate students (Clare Hall and Darwin).

Academic year

The academic year is divided into three quarters, of about eight weeks each: that of San Miguel (autumn), that of Lent (last part of winter) and that of Easter (Spring). Although the student is required to be present at the University for the duration of the course, much of the academic work is nevertheless done during the holidays. Students usually study under the supervision of teachers who belong to the faculties related to the corresponding college. These teachers maintain a close relationship with the small groups of students in their charge, while helping them prepare for university exams. After nine quarters or three years of residence, and once the exams are completed and passed, the title of Bachelor of Arts (B. A) is awarded. Most students can access the higher degree modality by taking a special exam called tripos (named for the three-legged stools or banquettes on which examiners used to sit in the old days). Candidates who pass these exams obtain the classification of first, second or third class, depending on the result achieved. The University also awards postgraduate degrees in letters (Master Of Arts, M. A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D.), and offers higher doctorates in law, medicine, music, science and theology.

College Careers

The University of Cambridge is organized into 6 divisions to offer 30 undergraduate higher education programs:

  • Archaeology.
  • Architecture.
  • Computer science.
  • Human, social and Political Sciences.
  • Natural Sciences.
  • Right.
  • Economy.
  • Earth economy.
  • Education.
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.
  • Classical Studies.
  • Management Studies.
  • Philosophy.
  • Geography.
  • History.
  • History of Art.
  • History and Modern Languages.
  • History and Politics.
  • Engineering.
  • Manufacturing engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • English.
  • Modern and Medieval Languages.
  • Linguistic.
  • Mathematics.
  • Medicine.
  • Veterinary Medicine.
  • Music.
  • Psychology.
  • Theology, religion and philosophy of religion.

Here are some of the graduate programs:

Master degree:

  • Business Administration.
  • Architecture and Urban Design
  • Astrophysics.
  • Biological Sciences.
  • Applied Criminology and police management.
  • Finance.
  • Modern British History.
  • English Literature.
  • Genomic Medicine.
  • International Relations.
  • Health, Medicine and society.


  • Astronomy.
  • Biology of cancer.
  • Doctor of Business.
  • Computing.
  • Veterinary Medicine.
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Pediatrics.
  • Politics and International Studies.
  • Psychiatric.
  • Theory and Applied Linguistics.

Cambridge University also offers other types of training such as: courses for teachers, courses in specific disciplines for executives, summer courses, among many more.

Teaching centres

The University of Cambridge is made up of more than 100 departments, faculties, schools and institutes, as well as a central administration.


  • Arts and Humanities.
  • Biological Sciences, includes Veterinary Medicine.
  • Clinical Medicine.
  • Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Physical sciences.
  • Technology.


  • Faculty of Architecture and Art History.
  • Faculty of Asia and Middle East Studies.
  • Faculty of Classical Studies.
  • Faculty of Theology.
  • Faculty of English.
  • Faculty of modern and Medieval Languages.
  • Faculty of music.
  • Faculty of Philosophy.
  • Faculty of Biology.
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Faculty of human, social and Political Sciences.
  • Faculty of Economic Sciences.
  • Faculty of Education.
  • Faculty of history.
  • Faculty of law.
  • Faculty of Earth Sciences and geography.
  • Faculty of Mathematics.
  • Faculty of Physics and chemistry.
  • Faculty of Engineering.
  • Faculty of business and management.
  • Faculty of Computer Science and Technology.

Other centres

  • Center for Applied Research in education technologies.
  • Business Research Center.Islamic Studies Center.
  • Institute of Continuing Education.
  • University computer service.
  • University library.


Tuition fees at Cambridge University range from £9,250 to £58,038. The average cost for international students is £33,593 depending on the chosen career. For foreigners not belonging to the European Union, the fees are inevitably higher, as the Minister for Universities of England designates. Here are some examples of costs per race:

CareersPrice per year
Chemical Engineering£33.825
Veterinary Medicine£58.038

Costs for foreigners (outside the EU)


The university has more than 100 libraries. The University of Cambridge Library is the central library, it has more than 8 million volumes and, in contrast to the Bodleian or British Library, many of its books are available on open shelves. In addition to the University Library and its dependent libraries, each faculty has a specialized library, which, on average, has between 30,000 and 150,000 books. Also each school has a library for teaching and undergraduate purposes, senior colleges often own many new books and manuscripts in independent libraries. For example, The Wren Library at Trinity College has more than 200,000 books printed before 1800, while the Parker Library at Corpus Christi College has one of the largest collections of medieval European manuscripts in the world, with more than 600 manuscripts.

Cost of living

Living expenses for international students are generally higher than for domestic students. Excluding the value of tuition the estimated budget for living in Cambridge is £12,300 minimum per year, depending on the lifestyle of each student.


Unfortunately, financial support for university students not from the European Union is limited. The full scholarships available are very few and the number of applicants is extremely high. Here are some of the financial supports at Cambridge University:

1.Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust.
Partial financial aid is offered and you can only apply after obtaining university admission. This scholarship is available for students from Latin American countries such as Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina among others. Applicants must intend to study in Undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral programs. For complete information on this Link

2.International Fund for disabled students.
Eligible bid holders and university students who are classified as international students for fee purposes may apply to the Fund for assistance to cover the costs of academic disability support.


There are a number of options traditionally associated with Cambridge, such as cricket, rowing competition against Oxford and theatre clubs (the most famous Candilejas)


  • Christ’s
  • Churchill
  • Clare College
  • Clare Hall
  • Corpus Christi
  • Darwin
  • Downing
  • Immanuel
  • Fitzwilliam
  • Girton College
  • Gonville and Caius
  • Homerton
  • Hughes Hall
  • Jesus
  • King’s
  • Lucy Cavendish
  • Magdalene
  • New Hall
  • Newnham
  • Pembroke
  • Peterhouse
  • Queens’
  • Robinson
  • St Catharine’s
  • St Edmund’s
  • St John’s
  • Selwyn
  • Sydney Sussex
  • Trinity
  • Trinity Hall
  • Wolfson
  • Working strategies


Contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest level of international excellence.

Core Values

  • Freedom of thought and expression
  • Freedom from discrimination


  • Fostering the inquisitive spirit
  • Expand the range of academic subjects in all main subject groups
  • Higher quality and depth of delivery in all subjects
  • Strengthening the relationship between teaching, study and research
  • Strengthen support for individual researchers as well as research groups
  • Recognize and reward university staff as their greatest asset
  • Promoting professional development for all staff
  • Expand the experience of students and staff through participation in sports, music, theater, visual arts, and other cultural activities

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