Cambridge is a worldwide community of scholars and alumni through whom the University makes its distinctive contribution to global society.
The University of Cambridge is a highly international community. One-third of all full-time students at the University and nearly two-thirds of all post-graduate students are from countries outside the UK, as are most of Cambridge’s 4,000 post-doctoral researchers.
The University is home to a wide variety of international societies which promote cultural ties and provide social opportunities tailored to non-British students and staff. Cambridge also enjoys a close relationship with many international charities and NGOs, especially in the fields of conservation, education and addressing world poverty.
Cambridge has over 59,000 overseas alumni in over 180 countries. Complementing the activities of the Development and Alumni Relations Office, there is a network of over 400 volunteer-led alumni groups in over 100 countries – the largest alumni network of any university in the world. Events, an alumni travel programme, the internet and publications all enable Cambridge alumni to network with each other and stay in touch with their University.
The University’s 31 Colleges make a distinctive contribution to Cambridge’s global activities, supporting inter-cultural dialogue through overseas tours by choirs, drama groups and sports teams, and by providing a base in Cambridge for visiting scholars and international symposia.