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Undergraduate Study


How to apply

All applicants to the University of Cambridge must complete and submit a UCAS application online by the relevant application deadline

You can include up to five UK university courses on your UCAS application (please note that it’s not possible to apply to both the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford in the same year). You must provide information about your education to date, and include a personal statement and an academic reference.

We’ll send you links to any additional questionnaires by email. These usually collect information that isn’t on the UCAS application but which we find useful when assessing your application to Cambridge. You’ll also have the opportunity to complete an optional Cambridge specific personal statement.

You may be required to submit academic transcripts for your application to the University of Cambridge to be valid. To determine whether you are required to submit transcripts, please see our transcripts page.

Please check the application timetable for international students for further details.


On average, each year we invite around 75% of applicants to attend an interview (though the percentage varies between courses and interview locations). Most of these take place in Cambridge in early December, but the University usually conducts a number of interviews overseas – for 2022 entry, it’s anticipated that these will take place in Canada, USA (Remote Interview Scheme), China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia and Singapore. There are some restrictions on who can be considered for interview overseas. For those who are interviewed overseas there’s an interview fee. Information about interviews, including films about preparing and what to expect, can be found on our overseas interviews webpage.

Please note that a reasonable standard in spoken English is expected at the time of interview. See English language requirements for details.

Admission assessments

Most applicants are required to take a subject-specific written admission assessment, either pre-interview or at interview. In addition, some Colleges ask applicants for some courses to submit examples of their written work – one or two school/college essays – which may then be discussed at interview. You can find more information on the Admissions assessments page.


We'll advise you of our decision before the end of January. If you're offered a place, you'll be informed by the College and through UCAS – you must reply, observing UCAS requirements and deadlines.