International students at Cambridge University

With thousands of internationals at Cambridge University, it's a great place to enjoy meeting people from all over the world!


Welcoming students

At the start of every year, the International Student Welcome is run over several weeks in September and October by CGS in partnership with CICCU, CCCF, local churches and Friends International. We enjoy meeting students at the various welcome events: Afternoon Cream Teas, Walks to Granchester, Really Useful Tours and many others. The ISW dinners at the end of the welcome period are a highlight. 

During Covid, a smaller programme has been in place and a new Buddy Scheme has been very popular. Due to high demand all sign ups for events and buddies are now closed. However, we'll be posting more events for internationals on the Cambridge ISW Facebook page which you can find here: 

Download the ISW 2021 Welcome Booklet

International student welcome
International Student Welcome

When you arrive in Cambridge you may find us waiting for you at the train or bus station. During ISW, we run lots of different events to help new international students meet others, adjust to the university and start their year well. 

International Freshers Week

For undergraduates, this is a great way to meet other internationals and find someone to help you adjust to the city. 

During Covid, this is not running but feel free to get in touch with our friends at CICCU to find out how to be invovled. 

Throughout the year

Don't worry if you missed the welcome period! Here are some ways you can join some events throughout  the year. 

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Family-style meal

The Christian Graduate Society enjoy having meals together. These meals are great places for anyone to enjoy a good meal, make friends and get to know the community more. Why not get in touch if you would like to hear about the next meal? 

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Chinese Fellowship

The Cambridge Chinese Christian Fellowship (CCCF) is a community of friends in and around Cambridge, primarily of Chinese origin, who are centred on the person of Jesus. Apart from weekly Cell Group meetings, they also organise events such as Lunar New Year celebrations. Check out their website for more info.

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College Groups

The Cambridge Christian Union (CICCU) have weekly meetings in small groups in colleges, simply known as 'college groups'. These groups are friendly environments for people who wish to explore the Christian faith to do so together, supporting each other in warm friendship. Contact a CICCU member from your college here: 

Christmas meal
Christmas meal

CGS host a Christmas meal for internationals who are still in Cambridge after term has ended. 

During Covid19, it's unlikely that this will happen as normal but stay in touch with CGS to find out details when the time comes.

Big questions
Big Questions

Big Questions is a series of lunchtime talks during term which is open to all students. Each week a speaker will address an issue or topic from a Christian perspective. Questions are always welcome. Do come along. 
These talks will be a mixture of in-person and online events. They are recorded for you to watch anytime. Click below for a link to their Facebook page.

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Events Weeks Cambridge

Each February, CICCU put on a whole week of talks, events and discussions about the Christian faith. All students are invited to come along to hear what is being said, ask questions and be part of this week. 

In 2022, 'Pursuit' was our theme and you can still see videos from the event on the Pursuit website below.