The University of Cambridge was founded in 1209 and is the second oldest English university. This University is formed by thirty-one colleges, having its oldest one founded in 1284 and named Peterhouse.Show more
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I joined this university for a bachelor degree in the faculty of arts. It was the best experience of my life. I found very friendly Students plus the teaching and support staff in this university. There are hostels that students can book and pay averagely fair prices for their accommodation. There are several international students here too therefore the institution is good for all students all over the worldView more
I am incredibly grateful for my Cambridge education. You are given the opportunity to dispute the texts and concepts you are reading about, you are taught by the top experts in the field, and you are treated as an academic with your own valuable contributions to the discipline you are studying right from the start. There is plenty of room to develop your own viewpoints and principles, and there is enough of assistance to advance your arguments. It is an unmatched university experience.View more
The hype around Cambridge is really justified once you start schooling here, high academic standard and excellence. The standard of science is very excellent, and the academic environment is both friendly and challenging.
Great professors too. The option I ever made was to school here.
was interviewed in December 2016 at the Trinity College, Cambridge. For applicants in mathematics, there is only one interview with 2 fellows of the college. It is preceded by an hour-long written test.
Here is my story …
When I arrived to the test room, there was already a group of students waiting nervously for what might have been the most important exam of their lives. They were mostly very focused and nobody uttered a word. I recognised an acquaintance of mine from a then-recent mathematical Olympiad, we greeted and wished each other good luck.
As the test began, I quickly read all the questions and didn’t like any of them very much. I decided to start with one sequence question, in which I easily made some progress, but could not finish. 10 minutes into the test, I finally realized that I could force the solution using the Chinese remainder theorem and my heart-rate increased by 20. This will surely impress the professors 🙂
When I quickly wrote down the solution, I noticed that it actually does not work. At this point it was 15–17 minutes into the test and I hadn’t solved any of the 10 questions yet, which is why I started panicking. For 2 minutes I was imagining the failure and the disappointment after the interview, but then I managed to focus on the problems again.
I solved a combinatorics question with inclusion and exclusion principle in the next 10 minutes and started with the proof of some algebraic expression. As it later turned out, it required strong induction, which was what I managed to complete, but not immediately.
I also solved a number theory question, which was very easy in retrospect, but high stakes of the examination made it more difficult. Finally, I solved an integral that required a certain trigonometric substitution and then partial fractions to finish. I even surprised myself with that, as I thought I wasn’t good at integrals.
I finished with 4.5 solved problems and absolutely no idea about how to tackle any of the remaining ones. In hindsight, this might not have been optimal, as the interview naturally centered around what I had not solved, rather than around what I had. I didn’t know that back then …
The professors were very friendly. The interview was like a discussion about mathematical problems I could easily have with my father. It was not any more formal.
At the beginning, they went through my solutions and marked 4 problems as correct, just as I expected. Then they focused on the sequence question I could not solve and I explained my failed attempt with the Chinese remainder theorem. They tried to help me solve it, but I couldn’t. They literally explained me how to do it, but I couldn’t. After a few minutes I noticed something with which the problem is trivially solved, I said it and we finished with it. Fortunately, for I doubt I would ever solve it the way they had it in mind.
The second question was to sketch the graph of some implicitly given function, which I thought I did OK. I got stuck once in the process, but generally understood everything and solved it relatively quickly.
Finally, one of the interviewers said: “Let’s do something different now. Which problem do you want, physics or probability?” As a fan of pure mathematics, there were only 2 thoughts that went through my head at the time. One of them was “I hate physics”. Unfortunately, the second one was “I hate probability even more.” So I tackled physics. It wasn’t that hard actually, but I hadn’t practised for physics at all, so it was still difficult for me.
We came to a point where the professor asked:
“Is this formula now true for all t?”
“Yes, it is. If there was no floor …”
“But there is always floor.”
“If that is your perspective, you should have applied to the department of physics.”
I sighed. Great. They made me do physics problems in which I couldn’t assume the existence of floor.
There was no time to finish the problem, I greeted them and left.View more
Two young people I know (but unconnected with each other) who had offers from Cambridge both turned their offers down. In both cases they had decided that they preferred the structure and content of the course (Maths in one case, Psychology in the other) on offer at Surrey, one of the UK’s newer universities. Both have gone on to do doctorates, and have done well, and neither regrets their choice.
I think a certain amount of “it’s ancient so it must be the best” snobbery attaches itself to Oxford and Cambridge — either that or “it’s quite new so it must be rubbish.” In 1970, my best friend and I were very attracted by the new university of Warwick. Our elderly English teacher pulled herself up to her full 4′ 11″ and remarked, “Well, if you wish to apply to a jumped up polytechnic, that is no-one’s concern but your own. However, you will not cite me for a reference!”
It is statistically harder to get into Warwick to do English than Oxford.View more
If you put a gun to my head, for undergraduates, I would guess that about 5% of students regret going to Oxbridge. Oxbridge is an extremely intense academic experience. Lots of people think that they want it in the abstract, and most of them are perfectly happy. But a small but statistically significant chunk get there, realise that they may have bitten off more than they can chew, and have a pretty miserable experience, and/or drop out. Many of them end up getting stigmatised with a low degree from Oxbridge whereas if they had attended another university with a more measured pace, they might have been a high flyer there. It is one of the (many) reasons why admissions tutors take so much care to try and scrutinise applicants for people who they think are likely to thrive in the environment. But sadly no application process is perfect.
Many years ago I got a PhD offer to study biomedical sciences under a very renowned prof (Nobel Laureate in Chemistry) at Cambridge. I was at that time completing my MSc from the U of Toronto in Canada and was also given an opportunity to further on my PhD there.
Initially, the department I applied to at Cambridge convinced me that I probably would get a good package of scholarships likely from the Gate Trust plus some assistantship supplemented as a stipend from my supervisor. So as an international, non-EU student, I would likely be able to fund my very high tuition fee and living expenses there, like what I received in Toronto.
But when I received the offer letter in the summer, I suddenly found out the funding given to me could barely pay off my tuition fee due to a sudden fee increment for which the department and my supervisor forgot to put me in the waiver programme which could lift off the extra fee imposed to non-EU students.
When contacting my professor again to ask for a higher stipend, he was hesitating to do so but he promised he would increase my stipend if he was able to secure another operational grant expected to come in next year. I was told by my colleagues there’s no way a research student should use their own resources to fund their PhD studies which itself makes really no sense as apparently, we are already in a wage loss venture having to take up the graduate program subsisting on minimal allowances.
I ended up declining Cambridge’s offer and continuing my PhD in Toronto on a full scholarship, but in a different field. I still cannot fathom why the UK universities, as well known as Cambridge, still are not able to give full scholarships to their research students like most other good universities in the world do.View more
The worst part about Cambridge is that they don’t care about your mental health. If I could go back in time I would rather have gone to any other university.View more
Cambridge was not the best decision for me. There are some positive aspects like your CV, money etc but in reality, Cambridge is crazy expensive. If you are a foreigner then you will see a different treatment.View more