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In order to minimise COVID-related risks to our applicants, students and staff in the coming undergraduate admissions round, we are making plans to interview applicants this year without requiring them to travel to Cambridge in December. We will release further details about alternative arrangements as soon as we can.

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.

The majority of applicants are invited to attend an interview. In previous years, this has been around 75% of UK/EU applicants overall (though this varies between courses) and involves more than 20,000 interviews in each admissions round.

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.

Applicants should be aware that sharing of admissions assessment or interview questions either during or after the admissions cycle is strictly prohibited. Applicants could inadvertently disadvantage their own application by engaging in this practice.

Financial support for interview travel costs

If travel to Cambridge for interview is required, the Colleges are pleased to provide support for travel costs to students who meet one of the following criteria: a) are/have been in local authority care for any period of time, b) are currently eligible for Free School Meals AND who attend a UK maintained sector school or college, c) are mature applicants currently eligible for benefits that would entitle any dependent children to Free School Meals. The Colleges will contact eligible applicants directly with further information when they're invited to interview.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, during the admissions process our Admissions Tutors will be looking for indications that your language skills are sufficient for you to undertake a fast-paced course that's taught and examined in English.

A reasonable standard of spoken English is expected at interview in order for you to be able to express/describe your ideas and thoughts during the discussions. Applicants should be able to comfortably achieve the minimum English language requirements by the time of interview.

Commercial application preparation

We're aware of private companies and individuals who offer, at a charge, information and advice on our admissions process, assessments and interviews. We DO NOT support or encourage any of these commercial enterprises. None of these companies/individuals has access to any information that's 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); and we're unable to verify the accuracy of the information these companies/individuals may provide.

Preparing for Interview

The Interview