Useful Links

Here are all the useful tidbits that people have already made.

Note: if you have any contributions you want to make to the blog (which are more than welcome!) you can contact me through email or Instagram:

  • Email: my crsID is srhd2 (if you don’t know what that is, please use Instagram)
  • Instagram: @allstarstella

Official websites

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

This is the official website of the faculty, and should be your go-to point for any questions that have solid answers, like ‘what is the standard offer?’. Particularly useful (and somewhat hard to find) is the undergraduate handbook which outlines pretty much everything you’ll ever need to know about the modules you can take.

Applying to FAMES Cambridge

This is the more informal faculty website, which has lots of useful info including videos from faculty teaching staff about typical lessons and what you can expect from the AMES degree, as well as specific stuff on applying and a comprehensive list of the Directors of Studies at each college.

Cambridge University Alternative Prospectus

Not faculty-related but still very useful for on-the-ground perspectives on colleges and courses (although a bit sparse for AMES!)

Ask a Cambridge Student

An amazing tumblr blog where you can do what it says on the tin: ask a Cambridge student anything about the university and life within it!

Current AMES students on (public) social media

There are some AMES students who have a social media presence and who were a source of inspiration/admiration/information for me when I was applying, so I reckon they deserve a mention.

kingy0studying – a second year student of Japanese at Homerton, who has a very insightful youtube channel as well as an instagram.

Mangovlogz – another second year Japanese student at Robinson who does have a youtube channel.

zh0um1 – third year Chinese student/first year Japanese student (yep, she did the amazing thing and combined the two languages) at Caius who likes pancakes. Lovely and very helpful!

misshanake – technically she’s a third year at the other place (Oxford) but she has made some very helpful youtube videos about studying Japanese at university, and also about the year abroad which she has now finished.

College websites

All the Cambridge undergraduate colleges offer AMES, so you have lots to choose from! These websites can tell you a bit more about what it’s like to study AMES at each college in Cambridge.

Christ’s College

Churchill College

Clare College

Corpus Christi College

Downing College

Emmanuel College

Fitzwilliam College

Girton College

Gonville and Caius College

Homerton College

Hughes Hall – no website (over 21 only)

Jesus College

King’s College

Lucy Cavendish College (women over 21 only)

Magdalene College

Murray Edwards College (women only)

Newnham College (women only)

Pembroke College


Queens’ College

Robinson College

Selwyn College (pdf)

Sidney Sussex College

St Catharine’s College

St Edmund’s College (over 21 only)

St John’s College

Trinity College

Trinity Hall

Wolfson College (over 21 only)