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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Access and Widening Participation

The Faculty, the University and its Colleges are committed to widening participation to the University and to higher education in general. Hundreds of outreach initiatives and events are run each year both in Cambridge and in schools and colleges across the UK. 

We are committed to helping all students thrive.

  • You can learn more about the ways we can help disabled students and any student who may need a bit of extra support while at the University.
  • We welcome mature students, and four of the colleges specialise in admitting students who are 21 and over.
  • We welcome applications from UK students who are or have previously been in care. The University’s Realise project holds special events for young people in care and can help with travel funds to visit Cambridge. For the care leavers currently studying here we are able to offer a wide range of support and guidance.

Here are some other initiatives in which the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics is involved.  Please also see our Useful Links for Students and Teachers page.


Insight is an academic programme which aims to help students start thinking about higher education choices and their future. A series of events throughout Years 9,10,11 helps to develop and broaden students’ interests and tackle the barriers many students face when applying to university. 


HE+ is a collaborative project being piloted by the University of Cambridge and its Colleges, working together with groups of state schools and colleges in fourteen regions of the UK.

Sutton Trust Summer Schools

Sutton Trust Summer Schools are free subject-specific residential courses for Year 12 (or equivalent) students studying at state-maintained schools in the UK. The five-day summer schools in July and August allow students to explore their interest in one of 26 subject courses and gain an insight into what it is like to live and study as a first-year undergraduate student at Cambridge.

Subject Masterclasses

The Masterclasses provide students with an opportunity to explore topics of interest beyond what is covered within the A Level syllabus, and offer the chance to experience typical undergraduate teaching at Cambridge.

The Subject Matters

Each autumn, the University of Cambridge runs practical and informative sessions for Year 11 students. The events, called The Subject Matters, highlight the importance of suitable A Level (or equivalent) subject choices when making an application to a selective, research-led university, and help students access information to make informed A Level choices.

Area Links Scheme  

The University's Area Links Scheme enables the Cambridge Colleges to build effective, coherent relationships with schools and colleges across the UK. It gives schools and colleges a direct way of staying in touch with the University by providing specific contact points, and it enables the Cambridge Colleges to get to know specific regions and the local educational environments.

All Cambridge Colleges share a willingness to provide advice and guidance, and to listen to your perspectives on what we can do to help make Cambridge as accessible as possible to all students with the ability and potential to study here. 

Why Not Languages? Outreach Activities

The Faculty organises and delivers a number of events for schools (mainly in the East of England) with low participation in Higher Education, to promote transition and progression from KS3 to KS4, from KS4 to Sixth Form, and from Sixth Form into studying languages at university level.