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Undergraduate Study

Please note: This site currently contains information for those who applied for 2016 entry. Information for 2017 entry will be available in March.


Admissions decisions at the University of Cambridge are based solely on academic criteria - your ability and your potential. Along with all the other information you provide, interviews help Admissions Tutors to assess your application.

We invite everyone who has a realistic chance of being offered a place to attend an interview – more than 80 per cent of our applicants each year. If you have a good examination record and a favourable reference, you're likely to be invited to attend an interview. However, due to the level of competition for places, there are applicants each year who are not interviewed. Not all candidates who are interviewed will be successful/made an offer of a place, but all those who are made an offer will have been interviewed.

If English is not your first language, a reasonable standard in spoken English is required at the time of interview, for example an overall IELTS score of 6 for sciences or 6.5 for arts and social sciences would normally be regarded as a reasonable score at the point of application. Please see the English language requirements for standards that would be required by the time of entry.

We are aware of private companies who offer, at a charge, information and advice on our admissions process and interviews. We do not support or encourage any of these commercial enterprises. None of these companies has access to any information that is not already available free of charge to all schools, colleges and individual students from College admissions offices, the Cambridge Admissions Office or Cambridge University Students' Union (CUSU). 

Preparing for Interview

The Interview