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 Update on coronavirus (COVID-19)

In light of the latest advice about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all large-scale, in-person outreach activities and events organised by Cambridge Admissions Office will be moved online, postponed or cancelled until the end of December 2020.

We are committed to providing prospective applicants with information about the collegiate University, its courses, and the admissions process. We are looking at opportunities we can offer virtually, as well as the possibility of running some events at a later date. We will update the website with further information once this is available and, for specific widening participation programmes, make direct contact with schools and students affected.

For information about particular events, please check the relevant webpage or contact the event organiser for the most up-to-date information.

We apologise for the inconvenience and any disappointment that this may have caused and we hope to be able to welcome you to an event in Cambridge in the future.


The University and Colleges organise a large number of open days and events for prospective applicants each year. You don’t have to visit Cambridge to apply to the University but our events give you a chance to get a feel for the University and city, find out more about admissions procedures, courses and facilities, and to ask any questions you may have.

If you can’t make an open day, you’re welcome to visit us at another time. College and some department grounds are open for most of the year for you to visit. However, while Colleges and departments do their best to help prospective applicants to visit them, there are restrictions and/or charges for tourists at certain Colleges and at certain times (such as during exams) so do check with the College(s)/department before you come.

Cambridge Open Days

Each year, the University and its Colleges open their doors for two days at the beginning of July. These large-scale events are designed to give prospective applicants an insight into what it’s like to study at the University of Cambridge. Find out more

College open days

College open days give you the opportunity to get a sense of what College life is like, and to pick up a wide range of useful information (visiting a particular College doesn’t commit you to applying to that College). Find out more

Department open days

Throughout the year, a number of faculties and departments offer open days that focus on the specific course(s) in that faculty/department. You can meet some of the lecturers, and see the libraries and other facilities. Find out more

Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences

Each year, the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford organise a series of regional, joint conferences for Year 12 (or equivalent) students, and their teachers and HE advisers. The Conferences are normally held in March/April and are designed to provide up-to-date information on courses, the application and admissions procedure and student life at both Universities. Find out more

Sutton Trust Summer Schools

Sutton Trust Summer Schools are free, subject-specific, residential courses for Year 12 students studying at state-maintained schools in the UK. The five-day summer schools in July and August allow students to explore their interest in one of 26 subjects and gain an insight into what it is like to live and study as a first-year undergraduate student at Cambridge. Find out more

Subject Masterclasses

Subject-specific events offering students in Year 12 (or equivalent) a flavour of undergraduate study and an introduction to the University of Cambridge. Find out more

The Subject Matters

Events for students in Year 10 and Year 11 (or equivalent) which highlight the importance of suitable A Level (or equivalent) subject choices for applications to selective, research-intensive universities. Find out more

Realise events for care leavers and children in care

The Realise project aims to encourage more young people in care to consider higher education. We run a large number of events ranging from science days to theatre days to give a taste of life as a student at Cambridge. Find out more

HE fairs and exhibitions

The University of Cambridge is represented throughout the year at higher education (HE) fairs and UCAS Exhibitions across the UK. Find out more

Events for teachers, tutors and HE advisers

As well as events for prospective students, a number of events for teachers, tutors and HE advisers are organised by the Cambridge Admissions Office (CAO) and several of the Colleges. These events provide up-to-date information about the University, including the application procedure and the range of outreach activities on offer. Find out more

International events

The University of Cambridge attends some events overseas where our representatives will be happy to chat with you and answer any queries you may have about applying to and studying at the University. Find out more

Virtual Open Days 2020


Our next Virtual Open Days will be in September 2020.