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Please note that the Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA) has been discontinued. All applicants are now required to submit the Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) in full.

Shortly after submitting your UCAS application, you'll be emailed an online SAQ to complete. It can take up to 48 hours for the email to arrive, as it takes a while for your application to be processed. We recommend you check the inbox and spam/junk folder of the email account used in your UCAS application on a regular basis.

The purpose of the SAQ is to ensure that we have complete and consistent information about all applicants. It also enables us to collect information that's not part of the UCAS application but is helpful when assessing applications, such as the topics you've covered as part of your AS/A Level (or equivalent) courses (which helps our interviewers decide which questions to ask).

To make a valid application to the University of Cambridge, you must submit your SAQ by the deadline set. In the majority of cases, the deadline will be 22 October 2021 (18.00 UK time). However, there is an earlier deadline of 27 September 2021 (18.00 UK time) for international applicants wishing to be considered for interview during the October interview session with the international interviews team. See Completing the SAQ for further details. If you’re in any doubt about the deadline by which you must complete the SAQ, please contact the College to which you have applied as soon as possible to check.

Additional Applicant Information Form (AAIF)

As well as the SAQ, you will be asked to complete an Additional Applicant Information Form (AAIF) so that we can find out what interview arrangements you will need (if invited to interview) and any disruption caused to your education as a result of the pandemic. Your College will send you a link to the AAIF by email. You must complete this form in one sitting (it is not possible to save it and return to it later) therefore please read the PDF icon AAIF Guide carefully before you start so that you can be sure you have all the information you need to answer the questions.