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When do I need to submit my COPA?

The deadline for submitting your COPA depends on the type of application you are making.

If you're making an overseas application

Please check the table below to find the appropriate deadline, depending on where you would prefer to be considered for interview:

Applicants applying from outside the EU Submit UCAS application by Submit COPA by
Applicants who would like to be considered for interview in China, Malaysia, or Singapore 20 September 2016
11.59pm (UK time)
20 September 2016
6.00pm (UK time)
Applicants who would like to be considered for interview in Canada or Hong Kong – restrictions apply, see below 15 October 2016
6.00pm (UK time)
19 October 2016
6.00pm (UK time)
Applicants who would like to be considered for interview in Cambridge 15 October 2016
6.00pm (UK time)
19 October 2016
6.00pm (UK time)

Please note the following restrictions.

  • If interviews are held in your home or school country, you can only request to be considered for interview in that country or in Cambridge. You're strongly encouraged to apply to be considered for an interview in your home/school country; there's no advantage to being interviewed in Cambridge. Applicants for Architecture, History of Art, Classics and Music are advised to apply to be considered for an interview in Cambridge. However, please check our country-specific information for relevant interview arrangements prior to submitting your application. If in doubt, please contact the appropriate overseas interview team for further guidance. Contact details for each overseas interview team can be found at the bottom of each country-specific information page.
  • Interviews in Canada are only available to applicants who are resident or at school/university in Canada or who are Canadian nationals resident elsewhere.
  • Interviews in Hong Kong are only available to applicants who are domiciled, permanently resident or at school/university in the special administrative region of Hong Kong.

Applicants from other Asian countries (such as Brunei, Indonesia, Philippines, South Korea, Taipei, Thailand and the Maldives) are invited to apply to be considered for interview either in Singapore or in Cambridge.

If you're making an Organ Scholarship application

Organ Scholarship applications Submit COPA by Submit UCAS application by
Applicants who would like to be considered for an Organ Scholarship 1 September 2016
6.00pm (UK time)
15 October 2016
6.00pm (UK time)

Please note that you can wait until you have the result of your Organ Trial before you submit your UCAS application. See the Organ Scholarship information for guidance and application instructions.

COPA Register / Login

To register or login to complete the Cambridge Online Preliminary Application please click the button below. 

COPA Register / Login

COPA Contact

If you encounter problems completing the COPA please read the FAQs in the guide above or email COPA Help, for all other application enquiries please contact the Cambridge Admissions Office.

COPA Help
T+44 (0)1223 333308
E copahelp@admin.cam.ac.uk