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What are the Cambridge Open Days?

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

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

What are the Cambridge Virtual Open Days?

We are offering Virtual Open Days on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 September.

You will be able to attend live, online Q&A sessions where current undergraduate students and academic staff in departments will be able to answer your questions. Additionally, you will be able to access various pre-recorded online sessions about our courses, the Colleges and departments, the application process, student life, and finance.

When and where are the Cambridge Virtual Open Days?

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

You will be able to attend live, online Q&A sessions where current undergraduate students and academic staff in departments will be able to answer your questions. Additionally, you will be able to 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 our 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. Bookings for the September Virtual Open Days will open soon.

How do I access the Cambridge Virtual Open Days?

Please register your attendance via our 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.

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 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. Full details will be listed in the programme, which will be available nearer the time.

I’m a teacher/HE adviser. Can I attend the Cambridge Virtual Open Days?

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. 

We will be running a series of four live webinars designed for teachers and HE advisers in July 2020. This will include sessions with current students and admissions staff from a variety of subject areas and will advise on how you can best support your students throughout the application process. We will share updates and booking information for the webinar series on the Teachers' and Advisers' section of the website and via the Teachers' Newsletter, which you are welcome to subscribe to.

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

The Cambridge Virtual Open Days are aimed at Year 12 (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 one of the Cambridge Virtual Open Days?

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 Graduate Admissions website for more information about postgraduate study. To find out more about our postgraduate courses, please visit the Course Directory on the Graduate 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.

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.

Having trouble accessing the virtual tour?

While the virtual tour is designed to work on several versions of Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari, if it isn't running smoothly or you're struggling to access some areas, please ensure that your browser is up to date and try loading the tour again.