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Anglia Ruskin University

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Quick facts:

  • Renowned for its Arts department
  • Programs available after a Bac+2
  • Cambridge: one of the best student cities

Many students dream about studying in Cambridge – the city is a synonym of university excellence, not only due to the high number of young people living there, but also due to its numerous higher education institutions. Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) offers many programs — especially in the arts and creative fields — right at the heart of this amazing city. A new option for the more creative individuals, searching for a high-quality British university.

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Studying at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge

ARU has over 150 years of history as an education institution. Founded in 1858 as the Cambridge School of Art, the University progressively increased the number of courses offered, becoming Anglia Polytechnic University in 1992 and acquiring its current name in 2005. 15% of ARU students are international, a symbol of the cultural diversity found on campus. ARU is a stepping-stone to the professional world, proposing internships in a large number of multinational corporations and large companies. Tuition fees currently stand at £9,250 per year depending on the specific course chosen.


Degree programmes at Anglia Ruskin University

The number of programmes on offer at Anglia Ruskin University is considerable, and range from diplomas to doctorates, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees. So, whether you are at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you can find what you’re looking for at ARU. It’s worth mentioning that after a Bac+2, you can directly join onto the final year of aa Bachelor programme. Anglia Ruskin University is renowned for its arts programmes because of its history. The most creative among you can therefore study fine arts, game design, illustration or drama.  The drama therapy course could also appeal to those interested in theatre and psychotherapy. The University is nonetheless very highly ranked in other fields such as in Psychology, Law, Business and Video Games (as a matter of fact, Cambridge is home to 20% of all video game companies in England, including Sony’s European headquarters).


“Bridge” programmes

For students who do not meet the admission requirements, Anglia Ruskin University offers an international bridge programme. Students in this programme are admitted into the first year of undergraduate studies but take English language classes, taught in small groups, in addition to their academic modules. This more intensive course with extra supervision costs the same as a ‘normal’ academic year and is, therefore, worth considering if you are lacking in self-confidence. After passing their first year, students move on to the second year of their undergraduate studies in regular classes, with no extra English lessons.


Student life in Cambridge

The city of Cambridge is one of the UK’s 10 most pleasant cities to live in. Anglia Ruskin University campus is located in Cambridge, but the school also has a second campus in Chelmsford, 30 minutes away from London.  The University offers affordable accommodation options starting at £3,600 per year (around 5,000€). The learning environment at ARU has an excellent reputation, modern infrastructure and many cultural spaces like the Mumford Theatre, the Ruskin Gallery, the Music Recital Hall, or the musical therapy clinic. Students at ARU also have access to Cambridge University’s research libraries. A stunning facility in one of the most reputable student cities in the U.K.


Apply to Anglia Ruskin University

Applications and admissions to Anglia Ruskin University are made through UCAS. Study Experience is specialised in supporting and helping international students throughout the UCAS application process.

The deadline for applications is usually on January 15th of each year for entry in September. Complete applications must include; a CV, a translated Baccalaureate transcript, IELTS results, and a personal statement. The Study Experience team assists students in the writing of their personal statement and directs them towards the most relevant IELTS preparation program according to their level and needs.

Anglia Ruskin University is a great choice for anyone wishing to study in Cambridge and for all those interested in artistic and creative careers.

For more information about admissions and programs, contact a member of the Study Experience team. 

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