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Undergraduate Study


Applying as a mature student? Visit our Mature student applications pages to find out more.

The Cambridge application process is slightly different to other universities. You still need to apply through UCAS, however, at Cambridge the process starts earlier to give us time to collect and consider all of the application information. The steps below and the following pages will guide you through the process.

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. Check assessment requirements

Most applicants need to take a written admission assessment as part of the application process. Some applicants will also be asked to submit examples of their written work.

Please check the type of assessment required for your course as early as possible as some assessments require you to be registered before the UCAS application deadline.

3. Decide on a College

Where would you like to live when you’re here? In your UCAS application, you can apply directly to one of our 29 Colleges or make an open application

4. Submit your application

You need to submit your UCAS application by 16 October (6pm UK time) – our institution code is CAM C05. Please note:

Shortly after submitting your UCAS application, you'll be emailed and asked to complete My Cambridge Application by 23 October (6pm UK time).

5. Interviews

Everyone with a reasonable chance of being offered a place is invited to attend an interview. If you decide to apply, you can find videos and full information on what to expect and how to prepare, in our interviews section.

6. Decisions

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

External consultants

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 Students’ Union; and we’re unable to verify the accuracy of information these companies/individuals may provide. Please contact the admissions office at any College or the Cambridge Admissions Office for more information.

University term dates

Each academic year consists of three eight-week terms:

3 Oct - 1 Dec 2023 (Michaelmas)
16 Jan - 15 Mar 2024 (Lent)
23 Apr - 14 Jun 2024 (Easter)

8 Oct - 6 Dec 2022 (Michaelmas)
21 Jan - 21 Mar 2023 (Lent)
29 Apr - 20 Jun 2023 (Easter)