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Undergraduate Study


If you want to apply to the University, you do so through UCAS. However, at Cambridge the process starts earlier to allow time for all of the application information to be gathered and considered. This section guides you through the process and explains what we’re looking for in prospective students and how we assess applications.

1. Choose a course

You’re going to be studying to a very high level for several years so make sure you choose a course you’re personally interested in and will really enjoy studying! Check, also, that you meet the entrance requirements of the course you want to study.

2. Choose a College

Where would you like to live when you’re here? In your UCAS application, indicate if you have a preference College or if you’re making an open application.

3. Apply

UCAS application

Submit your UCAS application by 15 October – our institution code is CAM C05.

Other application deadlines apply for those wishing to be interviewed in overseas countries, and for some mature applicants.

There's an additional application form if you're applying for the Graduate Course in Medicine.

Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ)

Shortly after submitting the UCAS application, you'll be asked (via email) to complete the Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) – a few extra questions requesting information not included in your UCAS application, which we find helpful. To make a valid application to the University of Cambridge, you must submit your SAQ by the deadline set. In the majority of cases this deadline will be 6.00pm (UK time) on 22 October 2018. If you wish to be interviewed in Malaysia, PR China or Singapore this deadline will be 18.00 (UK time) on 26 September 2018.

Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA)

If you're living or attending school/college outside the EU and/or applying for an Organ Scholarship, you need to submit the Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA), and the deadline for submitting this may be earlier than 15 October (see the relevant page for information).


You may be required to submit an academic transcript.

4. Written assessment

Most applicants are required to take a written admission assessment, either pre-interview or at interview (if interviewed).

5. Interview

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.

6. Decision

We’ll advise you of our decision before the end of January.

Cambridge Application Deadline

15 OCT

The application deadline for 2019 entry is the 15 October 2018, 6:00pm (UK time).

University term dates

2 Oct - 30 Nov 2018 (Michaelmas)
15 Jan - 15 Mar 2019 (Lent)
23 Apr - 14 Jun 2019 (Easter)

8 Oct - 6 Dec 2019 (Michaelmas)
14 Jan - 13 Mar 2020 (Lent)
21 Apr - 12 Jun 2020 (Easter)

The Application Process

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