Entry Requirements: A*AA

No subjects required but some Colleges ask for a language to A Level.

Anna is a second year AMES student who came to Cambridge after a Gap Year. She started Japanese ab initio although had some experience in the language. She is also fluent in German, having grown up in Belgium.


What did you do during your Gap Year? 

I volunteered in Japan after the earthquake. I was working with a German charity so I didn’t learn much Japanese but the experience gave me a real insight into Japanese history and way of thinking. I developed a cultural awareness that I could draw on when I started the tripos here.

How did you find out about the course if you were living in Brussels?

I researched the course online. When I arrived I found this type of teaching much more intense than at school. There was also a lot more independent study than I was used to.

What does a typical day look like for an AMES student? 

The first year was very language intensive. We had to go from no language knowledge to a post A Level standard in one year. It’s still pretty language orientated ijn the second year but we also have Papers on society, modern History and Classical Japanese.

7.30 Get up and eat breakfast in the College hostel kitchen.

9-10: Lecture

10-3: In the Faculty in supervisions or language classes or in the library preparing work for my supervisions.

3-: meeting friends in town or in the Faculty.

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