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SAQ Contacts

  • The deadline for most students to submit their Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) is 6.00pm (UK time) on Sunday 22 October.
  • You can find comprehensive information about completing the SAQ as well as SAQ FAQs on the dedicated pages of this website.
  • If you have any further queries, please email the Cambridge Admissions Office at: saqhelp@admin.cam.ac.uk, or telephone on: 01223 333308 (+44 1223 333308, from outside the UK).
  • You can call the Cambridge Admissions Office between 10.00am and 4.00pm (UK time) on Friday 20 October, and between 9.00am and 6.00pm (UK time) on Sunday 22 October.

 

Six simple steps

If you want to apply to Cambridge, you do so through UCAS. However, at Cambridge the process starts earlier to allow time for all of the application information to be gathered and considered. This section guides you through the application process.

1. Course

You’re going to be studying to a very high level for several years so make sure you choose a course you’re personally interested in and will really enjoy studying! Check, also, that you meet the entrance requirements of the course you want to study.

2. College

Where would you like to live when you’re here? In your UCAS application, indicate if you have a preference College or if you’re making an open application.

3. Apply

UCAS application

Submit your UCAS application by 15 October – our institution code is CAM C05.

Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ)

Shortly after submitting the UCAS application, you will be requested (via email) to complete the Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) – a few extra questions requesting information not included in your UCAS application which we find helpful. To make a valid application to the University of Cambridge, you must submit your SAQ by the deadline set. In the majority of cases this deadline will be 6.00pm (UK time) on 22 October 2017.

Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA)

If living/attending school/college outside the EU and/or applying for an Organ Scholarship applicants need to submit the Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA).

There is an additional application form if you're applying for the Graduate Course in Medicine.

Transcripts

You may be required to submit an academic transcript.

Other application deadlines apply for those wishing to be interviewed in overseas countries, and for some mature applicants.

4. Written assessment

Most applicants are required to take a written admission assessment, either pre-interview or at interview (if interviewed).

5. Interview

Everyone with a realistic chance of being offered a place is invited to attend an interview. That’s around 75 per cent of applicants each year.

6. Decision

We’ll advise you of our decision before the end of January.

Cambridge Application Deadline

15 OCT

The application deadline for 2018 entry is the 15 October 2017, 6:00pm (UK time).

University term dates

2016-17
4 Oct - 2 Dec 2016 (Michaelmas)
17 Jan - 17 Mar 2017 (Lent)
25 Apr - 16 Jun 2017 (Easter) 

2017-18
3 Oct - 1 Dec 2017 (Michaelmas)
16 Jan - 16 Mar 2018 (Lent)
24 Apr - 15 Jun 2018 (Easter)

2018-19
2 Oct - 30 Nov 2018 (Michaelmas)
15 Jan - 15 Mar 2019 (Lent)
23 Apr - 14 Jun 2019 (Easter)

The Application Process