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Undergraduate Study


How to apply

All applicants to the University of Cambridge must submit an application to UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) by the relevant application deadline. Once you’ve submitted your UCAS application, you’ll receive an email from us directing you to complete the Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) – please check your email (junk/spam folder as well as inbox) regularly during this time.

In addition to a UCAS application, students applying from outside the United Kingdom (UK)/European Union (EU), and/or who wish to be considered for an Organ scholarship or an Overseas interview must submit a Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA). Once you have submitted a COPA, you’ll receive a COPA reference number, which you should enter on the SAQ.

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.

For your application to be valid, all required documents must reach us by the relevant deadline. Please check the application timetable for international students for further details.


Everyone with a realistic chance of being offered a place is invited to attend an interview. A reasonable standard in spoken English is required at the time of interview. See English language requirements for details. Information on why we interview, what to expect and how to prepare can be found on our main interviews pages. The Cambridge Colleges also conducts a number of interviews overseas – see overseas interviews 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.