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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

Applicants from Canada should note that Canadian High School certificates and diplomas will only be considered to form a competitive application to the University of Cambridge if additional qualifications are also being taken. This applies to applicants from all provinces and territories, including Québec CEGEP students.

Applicants will be expected to be on course to achieve a minimum of 90% overall in their final high school diploma (please note our assessment of the high school final % is usually based on grade 12 English and the best five other grade 12 scores).

Applicants will also be expected to be on course to complete either grades of 5 in five or more Advanced Placement Tests; or at least 776 in three 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.

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. 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. 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.