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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 asked via email to complete an online SAQ. 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. 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.

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).

What does the SAQ look like?

The SAQ is divided into a number of sections. These sections make up the horizontal navigation displayed along the top of each page. Each of the sections contains a number of pages with a series of questions to complete. Questions are accompanied by a ‘Help Text’ panel that provides guidance. It is very important that you follow the instructions and use the personal log in details contained in your SAQ email. It will take a short time for your application to be processed, therefore you won't receive an email from us immediately after submitting your UCAS application – it can take up to 48 hours for the email to arrive. We recommend that you check the inbox and spam/junk folder of the email account used in your UCAS application on a regular basis. If you're unable to complete the SAQ online (because you don't have a valid email address or as a result of a disability), please contact the Cambridge Admissions Office as soon as possible (email: