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Application statistics

Number of undergraduate applications and admissions from Canada:

  2013 2014 2015 2016
All applications 209 240 204 180
All offers 18 31 19 14
All admissions 12 18 15 7

Total number of students at Cambridge from Canada:

  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
Undergraduate 47 46 50 52
Postgraduate 177 185 156 150

If a student holds more than one nationality, then the nationality given as the primary nationality is reported.

You may find our other undergraduate application statistics interesting as well.

Entry requirements

Required Qualifications

The Canadian High School Diploma/Secondary School Diploma is not sufficient on its own to make a competitive application to the University of Cambridge. This applies to applicants from all provinces and territories, including Québec CEGEP students.

Applicants from Canada who are taking the high school diploma must normally be studying for further qualifications in addition to the high school diploma. These can be either:

  • five College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Tests in appropriate subjects (for details of required and preferred subjects for your proposed degree course, please see the relevant course descriptions page, noting that we treat APs as equivalent to A Levels). Please note that SAT Subject Tests are not normally viewed as being equivalent to Advanced Placement (AP) Tests


  • three International Baccalaureate Higher Level subjects in appropriate subjects (for details of required and preferred subjects for your proposed degree course, please see the relevant course descriptions page, noting that we treat IB Higher Levels as equivalent to A Levels)

Alternatively, students can apply if they are studying the full International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma (out of 45 points, including three appropriate Higher Level subjects). In this case, applicants do not need to offer the high school diploma as well.

Students who already have a university degree may be able to apply for an affiliated degree (i.e. applying to study for a second Bachelors degree). Information on this can be found here.

Required Grades/Scores

Students doing a combination of the high school diploma and either Advanced Placement Tests or IB Higher Levels will be expected to be on course to achieve a minimum of 90% overall in their final high school diploma year (please note our assessment of the high school final % is based on grade 12 English and the best 5 other grade 12 scores) and either:

  • grade 5 in each of the five Advanced Placement Tests. Candidates are at liberty to take more APs if they wish to


  • at least 776 in their IB Higher Level subjects. Candidates are at liberty to take more IB Higher Levels if they wish to, but the norm tends to be three subjects.

Candidates taking the full International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma should see the International Baccalaureate webpage for details of offer levels.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language then any offer made is likely to include English language requirements. See which English language qualifications we accept on our English language requirements page.

Fees and finance

As an international student, fees vary between different courses. Limited financial support may be available from the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust, or College funds.

If you're unsure as to whether your fee status would be Home or international, please see our fee status page.

The Canada Cambridge Trust Scholarship is a new scholarship for 2018 entry.

There are 2 awards available - one for a student studying an Arts/Humanities subject and one for a student studying a Science/Maths/Engineering subject (excluding Medicine and Veterinary Medicine). The scholarship covers all tuition fees, plus College fees but does not include living costs. The scholarships are available to Canadian citizens residing in Canada, as well as Permanent Residents of Canada. Unfortunately they are not open to students who already have a university degree or those who are applying for an affiliated place.

Applicants do not need to make an additional application for the scholarship. If they are given an offer of a place, their Cambridge College will contact them to ask if they need financial aid and if so will put eligible students forward for this scholarship.


If you think you may meet the entry requirements that we require from your country, we would suggest that you familiarise yourself with how to apply to Cambridge. There is also specific information for international applicants and an application timetable with dates and deadlines relevant for international students.

Admissions Assessments

Please also refer to the information about admission assessments. If the course you’re applying for requires you to take a pre-interview written assessment, you must be registered in advance for the assessment. The assessment centre where you’ll take the assessment must register you (you can’t register yourself) by the relevant assessment registration deadline.


The University conducts admissions interviews in Canada for applicants who are resident or currently at school/university in Canada, or who are Canadian nationals resident elsewhere. Please refer to the information on our overseas interviews page for full details.

International Events

The University of Cambridge attends some events overseas where our representatives will be happy to chat with you and answer any questions you may have about applying to and studying at the University. To find out when we are visiting your country please visit the International Events webpage.