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.
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. 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.
Financial support for interview travel costs
To enable applicants to come to interview in Cambridge, 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. For example, students taking IELTS would normally be considered to be at an appropriate level if achieving an overall score at the point of application of 6 for science courses or 6.5 for arts and social sciences courses . However, you should be aware that competitive applicants are usually able to comfortably achieve the minimum English language requirements by the time of interview.
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.