Cambridge wouldn’t be called a university town if not for these two institutions. And getting into a good university involves planning, research, and a dash of luck. Here is a guide for university-bound students:

The University of Cambridge is the fourth oldest surviving university in the world. It is borne out of several scholars who broke away from Oxford University.  In 1209, the new university was established. Among the notable alumni are Isaac Newton, Alan Turing, and Stephen Hawking.

At present, the University of Cambridge has 31 semi-autonomous constituent Colleges. Each college has its own governing body and can choose the students.  Applicants are given course-specific written assessments.  Admissions Tutors also study whether the applicant’s academic strengths are suited to their course choice and the university requirement.

Courses offered in the university are arts, humanities, social sciences, science, and engineering.   Students and their parents will consider setting aside funds for the tuition fees and living costs while in university. Those who need financial support can look into government financial support or Cambridge financial support.

Anglia Ruskin University has a campus in Cambridge. It was established in 1858, which was then known as the Cambridge School of Art. Among the notable alumni are Syd Barrett, Dave Gilmour, Augusta Webster, and Michael Ashcroft.

Anglia Ruskin University offers art courses, English language and literature, linguistics, film and television production, and music.  The Cambridge Campus is the home of the School of Economics, Finance and Law, science, psychology, computing, and technology courses.

Before starting university life, students at Anglia Ruskin are advised to open a student bank account, register with a local GP, and even land a part-time job.

Tuition fees can be paid in full or by installments. There are student loans and other financial assistance available.

These universities welcome inquiries about higher education, and what to be expected in their campuses. Students would benefit by getting all this information even before applying to the university of their choice.


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