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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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The Section announces the appointment of Dr Tara Talwar Windsor

11 May 2021

The Section is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Tara Talwar Windsor, currently at Birmingham, to a Schröder Research Associate position in Equality and Diversity in German Studies. Tara, who joins us on 1 September, will be working on ‘Creative Writers, Postmigrant Politics and the German Public Sphere’ in...

Melina Mandelbaum publishes article with OUP

30 April 2021

The Section warmly congratulates PhD student Melina Mandelbaum for her publication of an article with the Forum for Modern Language Studies , winner of the Forum prize, which has been published by OUP. The article can be found here , and the abstract has been pasted below. Abstract : Once an international best-seller but...

MMLL German at the Cambridge Festival

18 March 2021

We are pleased to share the upcoming workshop, 'Trail Poetry' by Daniela Dora at the Cambridge Festeival on Sunday 28 March.

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