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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.

Latest News

Book announcement

30 August 2021

The Section is pleased to announce the publication of a fine collection of essays by Emeritus Schröder Professor of German, Roger Paulin: From Goethe to Gundolf: Essays on German Literature and Culture . The book is available with open access at: https://www.openbookpublishers.com/product/1425 .

New publication: Writing the Economic Subject in Modern Western Europe: Representation, Contestation, Critique

20 August 2021

We are pleased to announce the publication of Writing the Economic Subject in Modern Western Europe: Representation, Contestation, Critique .

Tiarks scholarship awardee won the Postgraduate Prize of the British Association of Jewish Studies

13 July 2021

Congratulations to Martin Lindner on the award of the Postgraduate Prize of the British Association of Jewish Studies for an essay on works by Anna Mitgutsch and Doron Rabinovici. Martin completed the ELAC MPhil this year, with a focus on German and supported by a Tiarks Scholarship.

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