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Application and Interview

Applying to Cambridge

The process of applying to Cambridge is much the same as that for other universities. However, there are two key differences that you should be aware of. At Cambridge, the application process starts earlier to allow time for interviews to be organized. You will also be asked to specify a College as well as naming your chosen degree subject in the application.

Choosing a College

In your College you will have a Director of Studies who will be responsible for your academic welfare and for your progress. In the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies supervisions are arranged by your teachers in the Faculty.

Dr. Yaron Peleg

Students studying Middle Eastern Studies and wondering which College to apply to should be aware that members of academic staff teaching about the Middle East are Fellows of the following Colleges. In some cases they also act as Director of Studies for all students in Middle Eastern Studies. In other Colleges your Director of Studies is likely to be a specialist in Asian Studies.

  • Clare: Dr Rachael Harris
  • Homerton: Mrs Nadira Auty
  • Jesus: Dr Yaron Peleg
  • King’s: Professor Yasir Suleiman
  • Magdalene: Dr Amira Bennison
  • Girton: Dr Ben Outhwaite
  • Newnham: Dr Kate Daniels
  • Pembroke, Peterhouse: Professor Charles Melville
  • Queen’s: Dr Eivind Kahrs
  • Sidney Sussex: Dr Christine van Ruymbeke
  • Trinity Hall: Professor James Montgomery

Preparing for your interview

In addition to talking to you about your personal statement, interviewers will want to know why you want to study the language on which you will be spending the next four years of your life (at least). Before your interview you should do some exploratory reading about the Middle East and be prepared to talk about your reading in the interview. This can include general histories, literature in translation, and other reading that relates to your main interest in the region. Wikipedia (which is not a trustworthy scholarly source) and other internet sources alone are not good enough!