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The College System

All students at the University must belong to a College. Each of the 31 Colleges forms a separate community and its members represent most of the academic subjects. Colleges are independent of the University faculties and departments. The College fulfils a number of roles for any student, including providing a social structure, (non-academic) tutorial care, and frequently accommodation. In the case of undergraduates, the Colleges are also responsible for admitting a student to the University, directing the student's study, and arranging certain kinds of teaching (notably supervisions, as tutorials are called in Cambridge).

Although postgraduate admissions are a matter for the Board of Graduate Studies, on the recommendation of the Section, postgraduate students must nonetheless also be admitted to a College. The postgraduate application form for the MPhil or PhD) therefore lists the Colleges and asks applicants to express a rank-ordered preference for four. An offer of admission by the University does not automatically guarantee a place at a College but in practice acceptance by a College is largely a formality. The choice of College is entirely a matter for the applicant, though members of the Section of German and Dutch will be happy to give advice. Applicants new to Cambridge may wish to bear in mind that some Colleges admit only postgraduate students (Clare Hall, Darwin, Hughes Hall, St. Edmund's; Wolfson College admits mainly graduate students) and some admit only women (New Hall, Newnham). There may be some advantage in choosing a College to which a member of the Section or someone otherwise concerned with German or Dutch is affiliated, but there is no reason not to apply to other colleges. For further information please consult the University of Cambridge Graduate Studies Prospectus.

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Annual Schröder Event MT 2020

3 November 2020

You are warmly invited to the German and Dutch Section’s annual Schröder event, ‘From the Classics to Covid: Theatre Practice Today’, at 5 pm on 25 November 2020. This year we will have the opportunity to participate in a conversation with Thomas Ostermeier, hosted by Dr Annja Neumann with Prof. Andrew Webber. Thomas...

Women in German Studies Essay Prize

2 November 2020

Congratulations to Catriona Corke on being selected as runner-up for the WIGS essay prize! Catriona's essay was titled 'Protecting the Public Sphere(s): The Campaign for Peter-Paul Zahl'.

New monograph by Section member Simone Kügeler-Race

6 October 2020

We are happy to offer our congratulations to section member Simone Kügeler-Race for her publication of her new book, entitled: "Frauenmystik im europäischen Kontext: „The Book of Margery Kempe“ und die deutschsprachige Viten- und Offenbarungsliteratur des 14. und 15. Jahrhunderts". Köln/Wien/Weimar: Böhlau 2020 (...

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