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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.

In light of the latest advice about 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?

This year’s Open Days have now taken place. Please sign up to our mailing list to be notified about future Open Days.

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 where current undergraduate students and academic staff in departments 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 – booking is essential. Once registered, you will receive a ticket via email that you can use to access the Cambridge Virtual Open Days. The Cambridge Virtual Open Days 2020 have now taken place.

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. The Cambridge Virtual Open Days 2020 have now taken place.

How do I access the Cambridge Virtual Open Days?

You will need to register your attendance via our online booking form. Once registered you will receive a ticket via email which you can use to access the Cambridge Virtual Open Days. The Cambridge Virtual Open Days 2020 have now taken place.

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 mixture of pre-recorded and live online sessions. Full details will be listed in the programme, which will be available from mid-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 mixture of online sessions including course presentations, sample lectures and live Q&A sessions.

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. 

You are welcome to subscribe to the 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 Cambridge Virtual Open Days are aimed at Year 12 and Year 13 (or equivalent) students and prospective mature students (aged 21 or over) who are thinking of applying to Cambridge in October 2020 for entry in 2021, or deferred entry in 2022. 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 aimed at prospective undergraduate applicants and we will be running events targeted to prospective postgraduate applicants in November 2020. Please see the University’s Postgraduate Admissions website for more information about postgraduate study. To find out more about our postgraduate courses, please visit the Course Directory on the Postgraduate Admissions website.

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.

Will I be able to watch Open Days presentations after the Virtual Open Days week has passed?

Unfortunately not. Our pre-recorded Open Days presentations will only be available to view during the Open Days week (14 - 20 September).

I’ve booked to attend one of 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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