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International students

Welcome Events

Working with the University's International Student Team, the GU holds welcome and orientation events for new international postgraduates beginning their studies in Lent and Easter Term.

The most recent event was held on 11 May 2017. The presentations given at that event contain a range of information that will be useful to new international students- you can find the slides below, which include contact details for any questions you may have!

International Student Team

Graduate Union

Students' Unions' Advice Service

Cambridge's Alumni Network

International Newcomers' Guide to Cambridge


Support for International Students

Around half of all postgraduate students studying at the Cambridge come from overseas, with just about every country in the world represented.

The GU International Officer(s) are responsible for organising events and campaigns for the GU's international members, especially those freshers who arrive throughout the year. They can be contacted via .

The University's International Student Team provides specialist support to students who come from outside the UK to study at Cambridge and to Cambridge students who study overseas as part of their course. They can help with information relating to visas, provide assistance if you are part of the Erasmus programme, enable access to funding information and briefings relating to living and studying in the UK.

CUSU have an autonomous group called CUSU International which aims to provide information and support for international students. They also produce a handy international freshers’ guide.

There are dozens of national societies run by Cambridge students which are always seeking new members. Such societies are an excellent way to meet people in Cambridge from the same part of the world, and often cross-collaborate to share international experiences with one another. The directory of all student societies can be found here.

All students with small children are welcome to attend the GU's weekly parent-toddler coffee mornings. These events are a truly international affair, and a great opportunity to meet new people for those newly arrived in the UK.