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Caltech Exchange - Eric Chang

'I knew I wanted to study abroad at Cambridge from the moment I heard about the Exchange Program at Caltech. Cambridge with all of its history and storied tradition of teaching was an opportunity I just couldn't pass up.

Cambridge is a true college town where so much of what happens in the city is centered on the students. The colleges themselves occupy the majority of the land in the city, so there are students and tourists alike everywhere you go on the streets.

Hundreds of clubs exist at Cambridge where there are others who share your interests. Whether you want to continue playing basketball or try out spelunking, it's all here. Cambridge has many small shops and cafes, some of the touristy kind but there are also those hidden gems (tucked away behind an alley that you never would have stumbled across if you hadn't chosen to tie your shoe that one day it was sunny outside) that you'll want to revisit again and again. The 31 colleges themselves are worth visiting and present a challenge for anyone wanting to visit all of them, let alone try to have formal at all of them. I particularly enjoyed attending formals because they are a wonderful way to see the other colleges and meet new people!

Cambridge is a beautiful place and studying in a city with so much history and tradition is an experience like no other. Having studied and lived at Cambridge for a term, I am so glad I came here!'

  - Eric Chang (in Cambridge October-December 2010)