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The Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA) is a questionnaire that allows us to collect useful information that isn’t part of your UCAS application, and to make arrangements for overseas interviews and Organ Trials.

It is a required part of the admissions process for anyone applying from outside the European Union (EU), or for anyone wishing to be considered for an Organ Scholarship.

Whether or not you are required to complete the COPA is based on where you are geographically at the time of application, and is not related to fee status or citizenship.

The COPA should be completed in addition to a UCAS application and a Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ), and your application won’t be valid unless all three are received by the relevant deadline.

Do I need to complete a COPA?

  • I am/will be living in a country outside the EU at the time of application.
    You should complete a COPA, indicating that you're making an overseas application. This includes applicants applying from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway and Switzerland.
  • I am/will be attending school/college/university in a country outside the EU at the time of application.
    You should complete a COPA (even if you normally live within the EU), indicating that you're making an overseas application. This includes applicants applying from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway and Switzerland.
  • My family home is outside the EU but I'll be attending school/college/university within the EU at the time of application.
    You don't need to submit a COPA.
  • I'm applying from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. 
    You don't need to submit a COPA.
  • I wish to apply for an Organ Scholarship.
    You should complete a COPA, indicating that you're making an Organ Scholarship application.
  • None of the above statements apply to me.
    You don’t need to complete a COPA as part of your application. You should begin the application process by submitting a UCAS application by the relevant deadline.

Please read the COPA Terms & Conditions for information about submission deadlines and fees for applicants making Overseas or Organ Scholarship applications. Please note there is a fee for applicants making Overseas applications and a fee for overseas interviews.

You’ll find detailed guidance about completing the COPA in our PDF icon COPA Guide, and help text in the COPA questionnaire itself.

Please see COPA Frequently Asked Questions for further guidance.

We strongly recommend that you do not leave any part of your application submission to the last minute/deadline day in case you encounter difficulties that may take some time to resolve and which may cause you to miss a deadline as a result. Failure to submit by the application deadline will render your application invalid.

 

COPA Register / Login

Applications have now closed. The COPA will re-open in July 2019.

COPA Contact

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

If you encounter problems completing the COPA please read the FAQs or email COPA Help. For all other application enquiries please contact the Cambridge Admissions Office.

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