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Undergraduate admissions at a glance

No. of students admitted per year


Entry requirements

All entry requirements are A-Level standard or equivalent, unless otherwise stated.

No specific subjects

A language, modern or ancient, is highly advantageous. If combining with a modern European language, this language will be required.

Typical offer


For details of other examination systems please see our Offer Table

Assessment arrangements

All Cambridge candidates are required to take a 2 hour written assessment prior to interview. Candidates will sit the assessment in their school or college in early November.

Further information about the written assessment can be found here.

Interview arrangements

Usually 2 interviews. Candidates are asked to submit a school/college essay.





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Fellows & Teaching Staff

Aaron Hornkohl, Director of Studies, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

Why choose Girton?

Girton has students from both Asian Studies and Middle Eastern studies, and enjoys the variety of students that come to study the languages. We are a small number of students, but the friendly atmosphere at Girton means all feel at home. The Director of Studies works closely with each student whatever the language they study.

Girton has a particular tradition of Hebrew studies, after the first lecturer in modern Hebrew was a Fellow here, and the current Director of Studies specialises in the Hebrew language and looks after the University’s celebrated Cairo Genizah Collection of medieval Hebrew and Arabic manuscripts.

This gives Girton a unique position in Middle Eastern studies within the University.

Undergraduate information

Students may take a range or a combination of subjects, either in Asian Studies (Japanese, Chinese) or Middle Eastern Studies (Hebrew, Arabic, or Persian, or a combination of these). Within the Middle Eastern Studies course there is the option to take a paper in Middle Egyptian or Akkadian. Joint degrees are also possible with Modern and Medieval Languages, or Classics.

The degrees balance a high level of language work, in which students learn both the classical and the modern languages, with study of the literature, history and society of either East Asia or the Middle East.

The whole third year of the four-year course is spent abroad in a relevant country to improve fluency in the chosen language and knowledge of the culture.

Graduate information

In the Faculty graduates may study for an MPhil or PhD, and Girton has had students taking both degrees.

Research and post graduate students are admitted to the University by the Board of Graduate Studies. You must therefore apply centrally and not to the College, however you must be admitted to a College to be able to study at the University. To ensure that this is Girton you need to indicate this on your application form.

Career destinations

As with any Humanities degree, students have moved on to a wide range of careers. Students in AMES, though, are particularly valued for their linguistic skills, knowledge of particular geographic regions, and wider intellectual skills. The degree combines language learning with cultural sensitivity and critical analysis of history and literature, which are skills appealing to employers. In addition to areas such as banking, law, and publishing, students have also used their skills to work in journalism, charity, and politics.

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Ming roof tiles, currently on display in the Lawrence Room, the College's small antiquities museum.