Student career development
The university campus, which includes faculties, colleges, dormitories, research centers and institutes, occupies a significant part of the city. Once at a university in Cambridge, a visitor, as if spellbound, can walk from one ancient building to another, enjoying the general atmosphere of a medieval university. In this sense, Cambridge University, with its many parks, lawns, fields and rivers, is in no way inferior to Oxford University. Cambridge University has 114 libraries. Central is the university library, which stores more than 8 million books and manuscripts in different languages of the world. The university’s library is the country’s national library, which means that it receives a copy of every book that is published in the UK. Unlike the British or Bodleian libraries, most of the books of the University of Cambridge library are freely available and can be taken home. Libraries are also in every college and faculty. Many of them are open around the clock, which greatly facilitates students’ lives while preparing for the session. Cambridge has 8 major museums. Of greatest interest is the Fitzwilliam Museum with collections of exhibits of ancient and modern art. In addition, the city has museums of Archeology and Anthropology, Zoology, History of Science, Scott Polar Museum and a beautiful botanical garden.
There are dozens of clubs, associations and societies in Cambridge that contribute to the integration of students in the life of the university. Perhaps there is no sphere that would not be covered by the activities of these societies: here you can take part in archaeological excavations, go hiking, practice speleology, play poker, and study the work of J.R. Tolkien, archery and much, much more. Participation in the activities of clubs is an integral part of the life of every student.
A huge role in the student life of Cambridge is sport. There is probably no sport that could not be practiced at this university. For this purpose, almost every college has its own training fields for tennis, cricket, rugby and football, gyms, boats, punts, kayaks and much more. Each college has sports teams, in-university sports competitions and championships are held. The central event of the sports year is the so-called Versity matches (Varsity matches) in which Cambridge competes with its eternal rival – Oxford. In order to catch classes, often held at different ends of the campus, many students use such free and environmentally friendly means of transport as a bicycle.
It is no secret that for many applicants who leave their homeland for the first time for a long time, a real test is the experience of living outside their native environment. Cambridge students are assisted by numerous national societies. For people from the former Soviet Union, Cambridge has Russian, Ukrainian, Kazakh and Estonian student societies. Leading politicians, people of science and art are invited to weekly events of these associations, parties are organized, language classes and watching films. Especially active are Russian and Ukrainian societies. Themed parties and discos are also held weekly at every college. Special excitement is usually caused by winter and summer balls held several times a year. Cambridge has an Orthodox and Catholic church, as well as a synagogue and mosque. In addition, every college has Anglican churches and chapels. Campus, museums and libraries of Cambridge.
Cambridge colleges guarantee college-owned accommodation for three years, and most provide for fourth-year students too.
The college is more than just a hall of residence: it’s for living, studying and socialising.
The college communities include undergraduate and research students, teachers and lecturers.
Student career development
The Cambridge degree is an excellent tool for subsequent employment in the most prestigious fields of science and business. The University’s graduates are assisted in this by the special Career Service Center, in which advertisements for vacancies, internships, and possible employment are posted. In the Center you can find special publications and manuals on compiling resumes, filling out questionnaires, finding a job, etc. The center also runs special courses and classes to help students pursue a career. The Cambridge degree also opens the door to employment upon returning home. Since the academic semesters are short, and studies at the University are very intensive, Cambridge University strongly discourages combining studies with work.