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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.

Information for teachers and advisers on references and predicted grades can be found on our teachers and parents page.

Once you’ve submitted your UCAS application, you will need to complete an additional questionnaire (called the Supplementary Application Questionnaire) which we’ll contact you about by email. This questionnaire collects 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.

Interviews (2022 entry or deferred 2023 entry)

On average, each year we invite around 75 per cent of applicants to attend an interview (though the percentage varies between courses). In 2021, all interviews will be conducted virtually and interviews for international applicants generally happen in October, November and December. Information about interviews, including films about preparing and what to expect, can be found on our international interviews webpage. Please note that a good standard of 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.

Decisions

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.

Application fee

Most international applicants are required to pay an application fee of £60. This is a standard charge that supports the administration of the application process and the development and maintenance of the systems used in this process. This helps us to ensure that applicants receive a positive admissions experience. The fee also applies to EU applicants, with the exception of residents of Ireland and the Crown Dependencies (the Channel Islands and Isle of Man).

Application fee waiver

There are certain circumstances under which the Cambridge Admissions Office will waive the application fee. If you believe you are eligible for the application fee waiver, please contact saqhelp@admin.cam.ac.uk after you have submitted your UCAS application.

International applicants from any of the following countries are eligible for the application fee waiver:

  • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)'s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list of Overseas Development Aid (ODA) recipients (Least Developed Countries and Other Low Income Countries only).
  • The World Bank list of Low Income Countries.
  • The United Nation’s list of Least Developed Countries.

A list is provided below for ease of reference. Please note that applicants should be a national of one of the listed countries, and have lived in that country since birth.

Country

OECD

World Bank

UN

Afghanistan

Angola

 

Bangladesh

 

Benin

Bhutan

 

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cambodia

 

Central African Republic

Chad

Comoros

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Djibouti

 

Eritrea

Ethiopia

Gambia

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Haiti

Kiribati

 

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

 

Lesotho

 

Liberia

Madagascar

Malawi

Mali

Mauritania

 

Mozambique

Myanmar

 

Nepal

Niger

North Korea

 

Rwanda

São Tomé and Príncipe

 

Senegal

Sierra Leone

Solomon Islands

 

Somalia

South Sudan

Sudan

 

Syria

 

 

Tajikistan

 

 

Tanzania

 

Timor-Leste

 

Togo

Tuvalu

 

Uganda

Vanuatu

 

Yemen

Zambia

 

Zimbabwe