Cambridge Colleges

The University of Cambridge is a confederation of Schools, Faculties, Departments and Colleges. The Colleges are governed by their own statutes and regulations, but are integral to the make-up of the University.

Students  live, eat and socialise in one of the University's 31 autonomous Colleges. Undergraduates receive College supervisions (small group teaching sessions) regarded as one of the best teaching models in the world. Several academic staff/researchers within the University are also associated with Colleges as Fellows, and often contribute to the student supervisions.

For the Cambridge-Africa initiatives that include fellowships for African academics, African fellows are often affiliated to one of four Cambridge Colleges as Visiting Fellows/Scholars when in Cambridge: King's College, Hughes Hall, Churchill College and Wolfson College. African fellows are therefore able to interact with other members of the Cambridge Community outside of their Cambridge host department, thus enriching their social lives and experience of Cambridge during their stay here.

The Cambridge-Africa Programme, in partnership with King's College, commenced a seminar series in the 2013-14 academic year, to publicise Africa-related activities across a range of subject areas, to members of the University of Cambridge. We invite both Cambridge and non-Cambridge speakers to talk about exciting projects in, about or for Africa. Information about these seminars can be found at

Cambrige-Africa is also partnering with Hughes Hall to promote a termly 'Visiting African Researchers' Showcase', to enable our visiting African researchers to talk about their research and mentorship from, or collaboration with, Cambridge researchers. Furthermore, both Hughes Hall and the Cambridge-Africa Programme support the Cambridge Governance Labs (, led by Dr John Barker (a Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, and a recently retired Chairman of the Foreign Compensation Commission, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office).

College Name Founded Map No. of Students (undergraduate & postgraduate)
King's College 1441 Map 685
Hughes Hall 1885 Map 600 (Mature students only)
Churchill College 1960 Map 770
Wolfson College 1965 Map 711 (Mature students only)
Annette Sabina

Dr Annettee Nakimuli (left, MUII PhD Fellow from Uganda; now a MUII Postdoctora Fellow) and Dr Sabina Wangui Wachira (right, THRiVE Postdoctoral Fellow from Kenya), touring King's College Chapel during their visit to Cambridge in May 2012.