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Hi, I want to study Spanish and German ab initio at university next year. I already know I want to apply to Cambridge, but I’m worried about not being able to find universities that I would be happy going to if I don’t get accepted there.

I like how Cambridge is a small city but has a lot to offer. And I also like that the ab initio side is intense and that the course is interdisciplinary. I don’t want to study a ton of literature, but it still interests me, so I’m not opposed to doing lit modules in the first year. Can anyone recommend me some universities? (I’ve been looking at St Andrews, but I don’t think the year abroad options are as good. I’ve also been looking at Manchester and Edinburgh, but I’m not sure about studying at a city uni)
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Cambridge is very much a city uni in many respects so I'm not too sure what you are expecting there if you don't like the sound of studying at Edinburgh? :confused:
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Cambridge is very much a city uni in many respects so I'm not too sure what you are expecting there if you don't like the sound of studying at Edinburgh? :confused:
cambridge has more of a community feel because of the college system
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cambridge has more of a community feel because of the college system
Colleges are in many respects glorified halls of residence, which you'll have at Edinburgh as well. You say you want to find a uni where you will also be happy at if you don't get into Cambridge but are at the same time putting Cambridge on an unrealistic pedestal. I think that might need to be your starting point realistically...

Edinburgh is a very nice city and the Scottish are renowned for being an extremely friendly people (I assure you, more so than people local to Cambridge). I really doubt you would struggle to feel a sense of community there or to make friends there quickly even without the imposed structure of the college giving you a preset group of people to socialise with (which arugably has its downsides and risks you just continuing in the school approach of just being friends with the people you're forced into proverbial and sometimes actual close quarters with all the time). I'm sure there are equally lots of other good options that are not collegiate universities (or even campus unis).
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Hi, I want to study Spanish and German ab initio at university next year. I already know I want to apply to Cambridge, but I’m worried about not being able to find universities that I would be happy going to if I don’t get accepted there.

I like how Cambridge is a small city but has a lot to offer. And I also like that the ab initio side is intense and that the course is interdisciplinary. I don’t want to study a ton of literature, but it still interests me, so I’m not opposed to doing lit modules in the first year. Can anyone recommend me some universities? (I’ve been looking at St Andrews, but I don’t think the year abroad options are as good. I’ve also been looking at Manchester and Edinburgh, but I’m not sure about studying at a city uni)
Hi there!

My best piece of advice would be to go and visit the Universities in person to get a feel for the place. I know this has been quite difficult over the last 18 months however lots of Unis have planned on campus open days for this September/October, Birmingham included.

This will also give you the chance to speak in depth to the lecturers and current students about the course content and structure to see whether this would be a good fit for your interest. You can of course find lots of information online but often I find that speaking to current students and staff raises questions I wouldn't have even thought to ask.

Birmingham might be worth exploring as one of your potential options, we do offer ab initio study and although we are based in a big city our campus is completely separate, based in the green and leafy suburb of Edgbaston. It really is a University bubble as we have everything you need right on campus.

I hope this helps but if you have any questions just let me know! - Molly
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