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Application deadlines

All applicants must complete a Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application and submit it to UCAS by the relevant deadline.

In addition to a UCAS application, applicants who are applying from countries outside the EU and applicants wishing to be considered for an Organ Scholarship must complete and submit a Cambridge Online Preliminary Application ("COPA") by the relevant deadline:

Organ Scholarship applicants

Submission deadlines (all 18:00 UK time)

COPA

UCAS

Transcript SAQ Reference

1 September 2018

15 October 2018

1 September 2018

22 October 2018

11 September 2018

Please note that it is not necessary to submit your UCAS application until after the Organ Trials.

Overseas applicants wishing to be interviewed in PR China, Malaysia or Singapore

Submission deadlines (all 18:00 UK time)

COPA

UCAS

Transcript SAQ Reference

20 September 2018

20 September 2018

20 September 2018

26 September 2018

26 September 2018

Overseas applicants wishing to be interviewed in Canada, Hong Kong, India, the USA (Remote Interview Scheme) or Cambridge

Submission deadlines (all 18:00 UK time)

COPA

UCAS

Transcript SAQ Reference

19 October 2018

15 October 2018

22 October 2018

22 October 2018

N/A

All applicants for courses (other than Medicine) with a pre-interview assessment must be registered with their test centre by 15 October 2018, separately from their UCAS/COPA application. Applicants requiring special access arrangements must be registered by their test centre by 30 September 2018 to allow time for arrangements to be made. Applicants for Medicine must be registered with their test centre by 1 October to take the BMAT.

COPA Fees

The following fee is payable for COPA applications, depending on your application type:

Application Type

Fee

Organ Scholarship application only

No fee

Overseas application only

£30.00

Overseas and Organ Scholarship application

£30.00, comprising £30.00 overseas application fee (there is no additional fee for Organ Scholarship applications)

If a fee is applicable, you will be asked to pay this fee by debit or credit card when you submit your COPA. If you know you’ll be unable to pay by debit or credit card, please contact the Cambridge Admissions Office (telephone: +44 (0)1223 333308; email: appfees@admin.cam.ac.uk) as soon as possible to discuss alternative payment methods.

In the event that you are selected for an interview at a location outside the UK, an interview fee of £150.00 is payable prior to the interview date, unless you are selected for a remote interview in New York, in which case a remote interview fee of £80.00 will be payable prior to the interview date. Further information on this payment will be provided in the correspondence inviting you to attend an interview.

Checklist

For your application to the University of Cambridge (the "University") to be considered valid, you must make sure that all of the following items reach us by the appropriate deadline:

  • COPA application
  • UCAS application
  • Supplementary Application Questionnaire ("SAQ")
  • COPA fee payment (where applicable)
  • a copy of your UCAS reference
    • in the case of those with a COPA deadline earlier than 19 October 2018, the University will email your referee directly to request a copy of their reference along with predicted grades and ranking (ranking is not required for Organ Scholarship applicants). We strongly recommend that you submit your COPA as early as possible to allow your referee time to prepare and send the required documents.
    • if you are submitting your COPA application for the 19 October 2018 deadline, the reference will be obtained from your UCAS application (the University will not email your UCAS referee separately)
  • a copy of your musical ability reference (in the case of Organ Scholarship applicants). You must provide your referee with a completed declaration coversheet and ensure that your referee submits your musical ability reference by the appropriate deadline
  • Transcripts (High School and/or University where required)

If you do not submit all required documentation and pay the correct application fee (if applicable) by the appropriate deadline, your application will be invalid and you will not be considered for admission.

Terms and Conditions

  1. You are responsible for ensuring that the information you provide in your COPA and any supporting documentation is complete and accurate. If the Cambridge Colleges or the University of Cambridge (collectively, the “University”) believe that you have left out any information or given false or misleading information, the University may take any necessary steps to check whether it is accurate or complete and, if it is not, the University will have the right to cancel your application (without returning your application fee). If you have any reason to believe that the information the University holds about you is not accurate or complete, you must tell us.
  2. The University may, at any time, ask you or your referee to provide more information about your application (for example, proof of identity, status, qualifications). If the University does not receive that information within a reasonable time period as set out by the University at the time when it makes the request, or if the information is inadequate, the University can cancel your application (without returning your application fee).
  3. The University will make all reasonable attempts to process applications and decisions efficiently and accurately. The University will endeavour to interview a high proportion of applicants, as long as they are available on the published interview dates, but it is not possible to guarantee that every applicant will be invited for interview as part of the assessment of their application.
  4. You understand and accept that, if you request feedback about your performance in the admissions process, it will be provided, at the discretion of the College supplying the feedback, either directly to you or via your referee/school/college.
  5. The admissions assessment and interview proceedings are confidential and you may not disclose their content to any commercial organisations at any point either during the admissions process or while you are a student at the University of Cambridge. While we understand that you may wish to discuss your interviews with advisers at your school/college, you are requested not to share full details of any questions asked with them.
  6. The University of Cambridge and the Cambridge Colleges will use the personal information you have provided for the purpose of processing your application and deciding whether to offer you a place for the course you have applied for. For further information on the use of your personal information during the application process, please see https://www.information-compliance.admin.cam.ac.uk/data-protection/applicant-data.

COPA Register / Login

Register or login to complete the Cambridge Online Preliminary Application.

COPA Register / Login

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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