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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.

What are the Cambridge Virtual Open Days?

We are offering Virtual Open Days on 17 and 18 September 2020.

You will be able to find out about the University and Colleges through live and pre-recorded online presentations about our courses, the application process, student life, and finance. You’ll also be able to access a range of 360 degree photography, articles and films from our Colleges and departments.

When and where are the Cambridge Virtual Open Days?

The Cambridge Virtual Open Days will be hosted online on our virtual tour. Here you will be able to access a range of 360 degree photography, articles and films from our Colleges and departments, alongside our Open Day specific events.

On Thursday 17 and Friday 18 September, you will be able to attend live Q&A sessions online and ask current undergraduate students and staff questions.

The live online sessions on these days will be broadly the same and run between 9.30am and 5.00pm. The majority of subject sessions will run between 12-3pm on 17 September and 12-5pm on 18 September. The majority of College sessions will run between 3-5pm on 17 September and 9.30am-12pm on 18 September.

Additionally, from Monday 14 September to Sunday 20 September 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. Full details will be listed in the programme, which will be available from mid-September.

Do I need to book?

Yes – please 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 from Monday 14 September to Sunday 20 September.

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 from Monday 14 September to Sunday 20 September.

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 which you can use to access the Cambridge Virtual Open Days from Monday 14 September to Sunday 20 September.

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 on 17 and 18 September 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. Full details will be listed in the programme, which will be available from mid-September.

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. 

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 one of the Cambridge 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 2020 for entry in 2021, or deferred entry in 2022. Prospective students in Year 12 (or equivalent) who are thinking of applying to Cambridge in October 2021 for entry in 2022 are welcome to attend, but please be aware the information provided is for prospective students applying in October 2020. 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.

How do I ask a question at the live Q&A sessions?

On Thursday 17 and Friday 18 September we will be running general, subject and College live Q&A sessions. For many of these sessions, you will need to sign up in advance via the Open Days programme (available mid-September) or the virtual tour.

If you have booked your place on the Virtual Open Days by early September, you will receive an email asking you to pre-submit your questions for many of the general and subject Q&A sessions. If you haven’t had a chance to submit your questions in advance or you think of more to ask on the day, you can submit them during the live Q&A sessions on 17 and 18 September.

Can I attend multiple live Q&A sessions?

The general live Q&A sessions of Applying to Cambridge, Student Life, College Life, Mature Students and International Students will be repeated throughout 17 and 18 September. To ensure everyone has the opportunity to attend the live general Q&As, we ask that attendees sign up to only one of each general session. International students are advised to sign up to the appropriate Q&A session for their region.

You are welcome to attend multiple subject and College live Q&As sessions. The majority of subject sessions will run between 12-3pm on 17 September and 12-5pm on 18 September. The majority of College sessions will run between 3-5pm on 17 September and 9.30am-12pm on 18 September.

I am unable to attend the live Q&A sessions on 17 and 18 September. Will recordings be available?

On Thursday 17 and Friday 18 September we will be running general, subject and College live Q&A sessions. To attend these sessions, you will need to sign up in advance via the Open Days programme (available mid-September) or the virtual tour.

Many of the webinars will be available as a recording afterwards (if you are unable to listen live), so please sign up even if you won't be able to listen at the scheduled time.

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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