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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.

Luisa Respondek - Architecture

'I chose to study Architecture because I was fascinated by the fusion of artistic and analytic aspects which allowed me to study a broad range of stimulating subtopics. Shaping and reflecting on not only the way we live but also on our cultures and identities, architecture can really have a profound impact on us which has been significant to me while growing up in various countries around the world. The architectural discourse is a universal one and...

Edward Allen - Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

'I came to St John's in 2007 having studied for the International Baccalaureate in Sixth Form instead of A-Levels. I had started to learn about Chinese language and history during my final three years at school, and was eager to continue my studies at University. St John's provided the perfect environment to make friends with people who were pursuing their own passions in a variety of exciting directions, to study without distractions in some of the...

Judy Kahan, AMES

'I originally applied to St John's to study Land Economy, a unique course combining a range of different topics including Economics, Accountancy and Law. After a few weeks I decided it wasn't quite the right fit for me and asked to change course to Middle Eastern Studies. The support I received from the College in this decision and then in my subsequent decision to take some time out before re-starting my degree with Arabic was astounding. Both...

Carl-Fredrik Eriksson, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

'Before coming to St John's I studied at an international school in Stockholm where I completed the IB diploma. When I left school in 2011 I went straight into a gap year that involved a combination of work and travelling in Europe. At the beginning I was looking at studying in Japan, and it was really a coincidence that I discovered the amazing AMES course at Cambridge.

'The best thing about studying Asian and Middle Eastern studies is that it...

Aleksander Makal - AMES

'Before coming to St John's in October 2009, I took the International Baccalaureate at XXXIII Nicolaus Copernicus High School in Warsaw, Poland. I have to admit that, despite my school having a good record of students going on to study at British universities, I was concerned that my academic and linguistic background may compromise my chances of getting into Cambridge - however, I need not have worried.

'When I was choosing what to study at...