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Empires, Identities and Language: Academic Taster Day & University Open Day
Petropavlovskaia Krepost' (Peter and Paul Fortress), Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation

Calling all budding linguists, historians and political scientists: the application portal for our 2 in 1 Taster Day + Open Day, taking place on Wednesday 5 July and Thursday 6 July 2023 in Cambridge, is now open!

Are you a UK student in your penultimate year of study (Yr12 or equivalent)? Are you considering applying for undergraduate study at Cambridge? Are you drawn to a course that explores the intersection of history, language, and culture, scroll for more info…


The Taster Day component will consist of academic sessions from experts in the field as well as admissions workshops. There will be a particular focus on the three Slavonic languages/cultures that are currently taught at Cambridge: Polish, Russian & Ukrainian.

In addition to this, we will be offering overnight accommodation at Trinity College to some selected participants so that they can attend the first of our two University Open Days on Thursday 6 July.

More information on the University Open Days can be found here.

So, if you are thinking of applying for any of the following courses and/or language combinations, then this might be the perfect opportunity for you:

  • History
  • Human, Social, and Political Sciences
  • Modern and Medieval Languages (MML)
    • French/Spanish/German/Italian/Portuguese + Russian*
  • History and Modern Languages (HML)
    • History + Russian*
  • MML with a Classics
    • Classical Latin/Classical Greek + Russian*
  • Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (AMES)
    •  Arabic/Hebrew/Persian + Russian*

*NB you can apply for almost all of these combinations having never studied Russian before. We welcome both those looking to take Beginners’ Russian (ab initio) and Russian post-A Level. We also welcome applications from those who might be considering taking a language-based course but who might not be sure at this time.

Polish and Ukrainian are offered as optional “papers” (modules) in the 2nd and 4th year of study; you do not need to apply for these at the point of submitting your UCAS application.

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