About University of Cambridge
The Supervision System
The cornerstone of the Cambridge academic program is the supervision system. Supervision consists of an intensive weekly or bi-weekly meeting between one or two students and their assigned tutor. During the supervision, the tutor may explain specific points from lectures, offer criticism on students’ written work, debate ideas, and direct students toward research materials. In general, students can expect to work much more independently than at their home school.
Arcadia program students are considered to be “visiting students” and are granted full access to all University facilities, including the renowned University Library. Students live, eat, socialize, and attend their supervisions (small group teaching sessions) in the colleges. Each college is an independent institution with a distinct identity and series of traditions but operates in accordance with Cambridge University’s rules and regulations.