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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.

Marthe de Ferrer

I chose to study Education with English because it is such a wonderfully broad course, and I loved that I could study Renaissance literature and the psychology of child development within the same week. It has allowed me to really develop and pursue my academic interests, under the guidance and support of a truly fantastic faculty. I’ve written dissertations on New Zealand literature, and my own research on women’s experiences of gender at the...

Annette Desouza

As someone who is equally interested in the sciences, humanities and arts, I enjoy being able to develop my knowledge and skills in a variety of different subject areas, which is something the Architecture Tripos at Cambridge...

Students of Architecture at Cambridge are lectured on a range of subjects beyond the core design curriculum. Art, design, writing, history, engineering and their various combinations and offshoots make a dense but coherent degree.

Lectures are supplemented by supervisions. From the second year students choose the lectures for which they will have supervisions. Unlike some other Colleges, St. John's will support a student with all the...

Jennifer Griggs - Classics

I have just finished my first year studying Classics at St John’s.

I have really enjoyed studying the Cambridge Classics course. It covers an enormous amount of ground, and has allowed me not only to learn in greater depth about areas of Classics I have studied before, but also to discover lots of new areas within the subject. For instance, despite never having studied linguistics before I arrived, I have written a wide range of linguistics...

At school I studied Latin, French, History and German. Outside of these I was involved in the debating, historical and philosophical societies. My interests were broad, and they gave me an insight into politics from a variety of perspectives. For me, this variety was reflected in the HSPS course. You are given a solid foundation in the philosophical principles of politics and then led to apply them to historical periods and current developments, going...