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Undergraduate Study


Application statistics

Number of undergraduate applications and admissions from China:

  2013 2014 2015 2016
All applications 749 731 697 671
All offers 134 133 137 124
All admissions 95 105 101 100

Total number of students at Cambridge from China:

  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
Undergraduate 316 314 324 337
Postgraduate 524 538 561 556

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

The Senior High School Examination (Huikao) alone is not considered suitable preparation for a competitive application to Cambridge. For the Gaokao you are expected to have performed extremely well, and normally within the top 1-2% in a gathered field. Colleges will also measure your relative performance, and you should send them as much contextual data as possible, particularly regarding how your results compare to the results in your province. Other examples of the qualifications that we would consider suitable for admission to Cambridge are A Levels, the International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement (AP) courses. 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. We recommend that you contact the College that you wish to apply to directly for further advice and guidance.

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.


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 China. 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.