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Interviews in 2021

As an international applicant, if you are invited to interview in 2021 this will take place virtually. This may be with the admissions team in the College you applied to (or were allocated to), or you may be interviewed by the international interviews team for certain subjects. You will be given the opportunity to choose as part of the application process.

What do the interviews involve?

Regardless of who interviews you (whether it's your College or the international interviews team), the aims and format of the interview will be the same. You will be expected to meet the same expectations around submission of written work, if required for your course, and to take any pre-interview or at-interview assessments. Your College will notify you of any arrangements for any at-interview assessments (which take place in late November), and you should arrange to register for the early November pre-interview assessment if your course requires it.

Throughout the admissions process, Admissions Tutors and interviewers will be assessing your English language skills as well as your academic ability. You will be expected to have a good standard of spoken English to take part in the interviews. Please check our English language requirements page for more detail.

For more general information on what a Cambridge interview entails, please see our Interviews pages.

College or international team interview?

Interviews with the international interviews team are offered in over-subscribed subjects so that as many candidates as possible receive an interview. The international interviews team generally conducts interviews earlier (in October and November), which increases the number of interview slots available. By applying to be interviewed by the international interviews team, this means you are willing to be interviewed either by that team or by the College. We will confirm who will interview you when you receive your interview invite. 

Interviews with the international interviews team are only available in the following high demand subjects1:

Sciences:

  • Computer Science
  • Engineering (including Chemical Engineering)
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences (Biological)
  • Natural Sciences (Physical including Chemical Engineering)

Arts:

  • Economics
  • Human, Social, and Political Sciences
  • Law

Please note that if you are applying to Trinity College for any of these subjects, the College are not taking part in the international interviews scheme, so please do not select to be interviewed by the international interviews team when you apply. You can find more details on the College website.

Interview dates and application deadlines

Interviews for international applicants by the international interviews team generally happen in October and November, or December if you are interviewed by your College, and we will try to schedule your interview during the daytime or evening in your time zone (though please note that College interviews are normally scheduled between 9.00am and 5.00pm UK time.

There is an earlier application deadline of 20 September 2021 for the October interview slots with the international interviews team, which are reserved for candidates in time zones of GMT + 7 hours or more, excluding China and Hong Kong. This includes, but is not limited to, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, the Philippines, Macau and Japan. These interviews are scheduled from 6.00am to 2.00pm UK time.

Candidates in China, Hong Kong, the USA and Canada should apply by 15 October 2021 for interviews in November with the international team or December with the College.

In-Country interviews

In previous years, we have conducted in-country interviews in some locations for international applicants. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic all interviews will be conducted virtually for candidates applying for 2022 entry (or deferred 2023 entry). This means the in-country interviews won’t be happening in their usual format this year, but may go ahead again in future years.

1 Please note that this list is subject to change.