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What are the Cambridge Open Days?

Each year the University and its Colleges open their doors to give prospective applicants an insight into what it’s like to study at the University of Cambridge.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this year's Cambridge Open Days will be delivered entirely online, through our Virtual Open Days.

When and where are the Cambridge Virtual Open Days?

We will be running two Cambridge Virtual Open Days in 2021:

  • 5–18 July 2021 (with live events on 8 and 9 July)
  • 13–26 September 2021 (with live events on 16 and 17 September)

The Cambridge Virtual Open Days are hosted on our Virtual Tour. The Virtual Tour includes 360 degree photography, articles and films from our Colleges and departments.

Attendees are able to join live, online Q&A sessions and live chat where current undergraduate students and academic staff in departments and Colleges answer students’ questions. Additionally, attendees can access various pre-recorded online sessions about our courses, the Colleges and departments, the application process, student life, and finance.

Do I need to book?

Yes – please register your attendance via the online booking form. Once registered you will receive a ticket via email that you can use to access the Cambridge Virtual Open Days. Bookings for the September Virtual Open Days will open soon.

Will I receive a ticket?

Yes – your ticket will be sent to the email address you provide on the online booking form. You can then use your ticket email to access the Cambridge Virtual Open Days. 

How do I access the Cambridge Virtual Open Days?

Please register your attendance via the online booking form. Bookings for the September Virtual Open Days will open soon. Once registered you will receive a ticket via email which you can use to access the Cambridge Virtual Open Days via our Virtual Tour. Please ensure your web browser is up to date.

Can parents and supporters attend?

Yes. Prospective applicants will receive one ticket email for themselves and any parents or supporters attending the Cambridge Virtual Open Days with them. If you are attending our live virtual Q&A sessions with your parents or supporters, we recommend each household shares the same screen rather than using separate devices.

Are all the undergraduate Colleges involved?

Yes. All the undergraduate Colleges will be participating in the Cambridge Virtual Open Days. Colleges will be offering a mix of pre-recorded and live online sessions, as well as live chat. Full details will be listed in the programme, which will be available in early September.

Are all the courses represented?

Yes. All our undergraduate courses will be represented at the Cambridge Virtual Open Days. Academic departments will be offering a mix of online sessions including course presentations, sample lectures and live chat. Full details will be listed in the programme, which will be available in early September.

I’m a teacher/HE adviser. Can I attend?

Yes! Teachers and HE advisers are welcome to attend the Virtual Open Days but we will not be providing teacher specific sessions at this event. 

Please subscribe to our Teachers' Newsletter to keep up-to-date with the latest admissions news, events, and information and resources for students.

I’m currently in Year 11. Can I attend the Virtual Open Days?

The Cambridge Virtual Open Days in September are primarily aimed at prospective students in Year 13 (or equivalent) and prospective mature students (aged 21 or over) who are thinking of applying to Cambridge in October 2021 for entry in 2022, or deferred entry in 2023.

Prospective students in Year 12 (or equivalent) who are thinking of applying to Cambridge in October 2022 for entry in 2023 are welcome to attend, but please be aware the information provided is for prospective students applying in October 2021.

As our admissions information can vary from year to year, we encourage younger students to wait until they’re in Year 12 (or equivalent) before attending our Open Days.

I’m interested in postgraduate study at the University. Can I attend?

No. The Cambridge Virtual Open Days are for prospective undergraduate applicants and we will be running Postgraduate Virtual Open Days in November 2021. To find out more about postgraduate study, please visit the University’s Postgraduate Admissions website and the Course Directory.

I have a disability. Is there anything in particular I need to know?

If you’ve indicated on your booking form that you have a disability (disability, specific learning difficulty, long-term health condition, or mental health condition) or other additional requirement(s), we’ll contact you directly about any arrangements to be made.

How do I book onto a live session?

A full Open Days programme with registration links for live sessions will be available from early September.

Will the Live Q&A sessions be recorded?

We will endeavour to record as many of our live Q&A sessions as possible, and these will be available during the second week of Open Days. Many of our live General and Subject Q&A sessions will be recorded, and you will automatically receive a recording of the session afterwards if you have signed up. For our live College Q&As, we recommend checking with the individual College regarding their plans to record and distribute their sessions.

Will I be able to watch Open Days presentations after the Virtual Open Days have finished?

Unfortunately not. Our pre-recorded Open Days presentations will only be available to view during the Open Days weeks.

I’m booked to attend the Cambridge Virtual Open Days but now I can’t make it. What should I do?

Please cancel your booking either via your ticket on your confirmation email or contact us at CAOEvents@admin.cam.ac.uk.

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Open Days 2021

16 SEPT
17 SEPT

Join us for our September 2021 Virtual Open Days.