... but stressful if you are unsure about details or don't have any friends there.
International Student Welcome (ISW) offers friendship and support for new international students to Cambridge University. It is hosted by friendly students and residents who already know Cambridge and are willing to answer small (and big) questions that aren't always easy to figure on your own.
The Friendly faces of ISW volunteers will meet you at the coach station from September 20th to 30th and the railway station from September 22nd to 30th. They will help you to locate your College and help in any way they can.
We also have a number of events where you can meet freshers like you and current students. This will help you to make friends and explore the University before you settle down.
ISW is organised by the Christian Graduate Society (CGS) for all new international students. We can't wait to meet you!
To help us estimate numbers at the dinners, please let us know via email (cgs.isw[at]gmail.com) if you intend to attend. The dinners are open to all new international students but the CICCU dinners are aimed mostly at Undergraduates and the dinner on October 6th is aimed mainly at Postgraduates. You can still just turn up on the day, but it would be helpful to have an idea of how many people to expect.
There will also be a give-away of free Welcome Bags to new Postgraduate students, provided by Friends International & CGS. Each bag contains basic items such as a mug, plate and cutlery to help you survive your first days in Cambridge. Distribution days are Wednesday September 26th, 6:30-8:00 PM and Saturday September 29th, 4:00-6:00 PM. We will be at the back hall of the St. Andrew's Street Baptist Church. These distributions are first come, first served.
Where we cannot help
... here's how we can and cannot help.
The ISW team will assist you in any way it can, but there are some areas where we will not be able to, and you may wish to look elsewhere. We are always happy to point you in the right direction.
What we CAN do: When you arrive in Cambridge, we can show you where you need to go from there.
We can help you find out further information about your college or accommodation that you may need, and
we can tell you a lot of general day-to-day things about living and
A lot of useful information can be found on our Welcome Booklet so check if the information is already there.
What we CANNOT do for you: We cannot offer academic advice. Questions about which courses to take
or what study options would work best for you are best directed to academic staff in the relevant
departments. Contact details for various university and college staff can be
We are also unable to advise about scholarships and funding, and would again direct you to the relevant staff in your own colleges and departments, although some information about graduate funding can be found here.