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Undergraduate Study

Total number of students at Cambridge from Canada 2017-18
Undergraduate 45
Postgraduate 205

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

High School Diplomas

Applications from students taking Canadian High School Diplomas will only be considered as competitive for applying to the University of Cambridge if additional qualifications are also being taken. Applicants studying towards Canadian High School Diplomas will be expected to be on course to attain at a very high level in relevant subjects.

  • Applicants will usually be expected to be on course to attain an overall average of 90% in six or more Grade 12 courses
  • Applicants studying towards the Diplome D’Etudes Collegiales (DEC) in Québec will be expected to achieve an overall average of 90%

Offers for High School Diploma applicants will be made conditional on achievement in their Diploma and an additional qualification. Details are given below for the levels to be achieved in addition to the above performance in your High School Diploma.

  • College Board Advanced Placement Tests - grades of 5 in five or more AP Tests; or
  • IBO International Baccalaureate Diploma - 776-777 in three IB Higher Level Courses; or
  • In some circumstances, our Colleges may consider an application from a student who is undertaking the first year of an undergraduate degree at a university outside the UK.

Where applicants are able to do so, grades in an AP or IB Course as part of a Diploma and the separate grade for an AP Test or IB Certificate can both count towards both requirements.

Other Qualifications

For more details on applying with College Board qualifications, a full IB Diploma or three or more A Levels, please see the relevant sections on our Entrance Requirements page.

Colleges are aware that applicants from Canada will sometimes be able to provide application profiles which include a combination of different qualifications types (eg AP Tests, A Levels, IB Higher Level Courses). Colleges will assess these on a case by case basis, but applicants should be aware that a very high level of attainment will be required.

Applicants also often apply as affiliated applicants having completed a first degree.

Please contact the College you wish to apply to for further guidance on the suitability of your University qualifications for following one of these routes.

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 2019 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.


Interviews are held in Canada (Toronto) as well as in Cambridge and a number of other overseas locations. The Toronto scheme is open to residents of Canada, the USA and the wider Americas, as well as those studying at school or university in Canada. 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.