The University of Cambridge

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The University of Cambridge is a public research university in the city of Cambridge, England. It is the second oldest university in the English speaking world and was founded in 1209, making it the fourth oldest surviving university. Its roots were in a group of scholars who left the University of Oxford after a dispute with locals and set up their own university. None of the individual colleges are as old as the university itself, though Peterhouse is the oldest, founded by the Bishop of Ely in 1284. As well as close ties with Oxford, the university is also part of the League of European Research Universities and has strong links with the high-tech business area known as Silicon Fen.

International students

Some 11% of students attending Cambridge come from outside the UK and there are more than 60 countries normally represented. The International Student Team are found within the Student Operations of the Academic Division and are available to help international students with all aspects of their time at Cambridge. They are available to assist students with manners such as visas and other legal paperwork, international funding programs as well as helping them adjust when they arrive at the university. The Cambridge University Students Union (CUSU) is the department responsible for the organisation and monitoring of life outside the classroom and all students are automatically members when arriving at Cambridge. One of the centrepieces of student life at Cambridge are the formal dinners that take place in Formal Hall during term while May Balls are held after exam period in May. Student run societies exist across a wide spectrum of interests and there are some 750 registered with the CUSU. The Cambridge Union Society is focused on debating and public speaking and is the oldest free speech society in the world. The comedy club, Footlights, is known for producing famous show business personalities. There are also newspaper and radio projects. Of the many sports on offer at the university, one of the most famous is rowing, with the notable races each year including the Boat Race against Oxford. Other sports range from cricket and rugby to chess. The University of Cambridge Sports Centre opened in 2013 and is the dedicated sports arena for the university.

Campus life

The main campus of the university is spread around the centre of Cambridge and students make up some 20% of the city's population. The older colleges are found around the River Cam and the city centre with notable buildings including the King's College Chapel, the history faculty that was designed by James Stirling and the Cripps Building, a part of St John's College. Accommodation Services is the department in the university that helps students find suitable accommodation when attending the university. They have access to a large number of properties in and around Cambridge to help students find the right one.

    There are courses available from this university with the following field of studies:
  • - Finance
  • Business and management studies
  • - Business analysis and management
  • - Marketing management
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine and surgery

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