In addition to over 150 departments, faculties and institutes, the University of Cambridge consists of 31 Colleges. Each is an independent institution with its own property, income and staff.
The Colleges are responsible for selecting their own undergraduate students, in accordance with University regulations, and undergraduate teaching is shared between the Colleges and University departments (although degrees are awarded only by the University).
Every postgraduate student also becomes a member of one of the Colleges.
The collegiate system is fundamental to the University’s character, as it gives all members the benefit of belonging to a small, interdisciplinary community as well as an internationally renowned institution. Each College provides pastoral support and a range of facilities to each of its members. Students and researchers from all backgrounds come together to discuss ideas in an environment of academic freedom and mutual respect.
The Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust was established on 1 August 2013 from the merger of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and the Cambridge Overseas Trust. These were established as charities by the University of Cambridge in the 1980s to provide financial support for international students on degree courses at Cambridge.
The Trust awards approximately 500 scholarships annually, and supports between 1,100 and 1,400 students in residence each year from 85 countries across the world. During its history of over 30 years of offering scholarships at the University of Cambridge, the Trust has awarded a total of nearly 18,000 scholarships to international students.
Today, the Trust is the largest provider of funding for international students at Cambridge, working with partners worldwide to support students of outstanding academic merit under a variety of scholarship schemes.
Awards, which include both full-cost and part-cost scholarships, are offered to selected students at PhD, master's and undergraduate level, in all subjects and at all 31 Colleges of the University of Cambridge.
For further information, go to the Trust's website.