On the 26 th of February 16 year 10 students from Friesland visited the Murray Edward College of Cambridge, a girl only college. We were first taken into a small lecture room where a professor then told us about the finance of going to university. We talked about the main costs of university, for example tuition fees and accommodation. We also talked about bursaries and scholarships at Cambridge and different ways to get a student loan or money. This was very helpful as many students are held back by university cost however if you are earning under £25,000 pay a year you don’t have to pay anything and if over we learnt that we only pay 9% of your income. This information gave us a brief outline of finance and put to rest any queries or worries for students. Then we were taken through the types of courses we could take and combinations of degrees and all the options of other school activities and Cambridge had a wide range of choices to choose from, to fit any student.
The professor then explained about what made Cambridge a top university, explaining about high teaching level facilities and wide range of choices for what you would like to learn. We were then taken on a campus tour by two students who showed us the amazing libraries and food halls of Cambridge. Cambridge has an extensive campus with many places for social gatherings, research resources and quiet places to work and all colleges are well-kept for students to use. They had extensive outdoor areas for students and prestigious lecture rooms. Cambridge is forward thinking and while staying traditional they also are welcoming of open sexuality and modern beliefs.
Cambridge also give a wide range of accommodation and allow students to choose where and with who they stay with and are currently trying to cut rent fees and tuition fees to make university more open for more students. This was a really interesting day and thanks to Mr Slaney and Mr Tunstall for organising it.