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Find out about St John's from some of the people who know it best - our students! Each article is related to a subject, but they all contain useful perspectives on College life as a whole.

Clifton M Yeo

Clifton M. Yeo - LAND ECONOMY at John’s (February '17) 

Reading Land Economy is like embarking on a multi-disciplinary excursion into the fields of Law, Economics, and the Environment.

Having completed three years of the course I can confidently declare that there is something for everyone. Freshers are given a thorough grounding in legal frameworks and economics. Penultimate years/Re-freshers can...

William Fenwick

I applied to study Geography at St John’s after completing AS Levels in Geography, History, Religious Studies, English Literature and Spanish, with the desire to pursue my interest in the social, political and economic systems that underpin the world today. The first year course here has provided an excellent grounding in the subject, with modules spanning from environmental economics and geopolitics to glaciology and biogeography. The contemporary...

Studying Architecture at St. John’s was a very rewarding experience. The College went out of its way to help me get the most out of my degree - it offered huge amounts of support; personal, academic and financial, which allowed me to travel extensively and broaden my interests even further. There were opportunities to meet lots of different people from diverse backgrounds, both in terms of the extensive and impressive alumni network and more generally...

I’ve always been enthusiastic about Sciences in general and Biology in particular, but my time in Cambridge has certainly allowed me to confirm that studying Natural Sciences was the right decision.

The Natural Science syllabus presents an ideal combination of providing a broad basis and encouraging specialisation. The first year starts with a very wide range of exciting subjects, giving you the opportunity to explore topics of interest...

I am from Germany, and also finished school with the German Abitur. Coming to Cambridge to do Philosophy without ever having written a proper essay assignment in English before was scary, but supervisors are really helpful with this and after a while I got used to it like everyone else. 

To me, the subject choice was not clear for a long time. There are just so many interesting things! I ended up deciding to apply for Philosophy because the...