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Arrangements for overseas interviews in 2021 are currently under review due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Details will be published below in the summer. Please check this page regularly for updates.

 

The Cambridge Colleges conduct a series of overseas interview schemes. In recent years interviews have been conducted in Singapore, Malaysia, (Kuala Lumpur), PR China (Shanghai), Hong Kong, Canada (Toronto), India (Mumbai) and the USA (New York). Candidates based in our overseas interviews locations would ordinarily be expected to apply for an interview in that location where eligible to do so (details and eligibility criteria will be available below in due course), in order to minimise both the environmental impact and the applicant’s time away from school.

Interviewers who conduct the overseas interviews are academic experts with a broad range of subject expertise and experience in admissions, and are appointed by the Colleges of the University of Cambridge to interview applicants on their behalf. For more general information on what a Cambridge interview entails, please see our Interviews pages. Where Directors of Studies require further information or clarification from a candidate, the College may arrange a remote, structured follow-up conversation with that candidate or similar.

If you are selected for an interview in one of our overseas interviews locations, you will be required to pay an interview fee. The fee for overseas interviews in 2021 is yet to be decided. Further information on this payment, and when to pay it, will then be provided in the correspondence inviting you to attend an interview.

If you would like to be considered for interview overseas then your UCAS application, additional questionnaire and (if required) Transcript must be submitted by the relevant deadlines.

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.

Admissions Assessments

  • Most applicants are required to take a subject-specific written admission assessment, categorised as either pre-interview or at-interview, depending on the course applied for.
  • There is a registration process for the pre-interview assessments and it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure they are registered as a candidate by a test centre and by the relevant deadline. You can find more information on the Admissions assessments page. 
  • At-interview assessment details are normally sent to shortlisted applicants together with details of their interview.

Please check the ‘information for EU/overseas applicants’ sections on the pre-interview assessments and at-interview assessments pages for more information.

Eligibility criteria and interview dates for 2021 (for 2022 entry)

Canada (Toronto)

Eligibility criteria and interview dates for 2021 will be updated in the summer.​

PR China (Shanghai)

Eligibility criteria and interview dates for 2021 will be updated in the summer.​

Hong Kong

Eligibility criteria and interview dates for 2021 will be updated in the summer.​

India (Mumbai)

Eligibility criteria and interview dates for 2021 will be updated in the summer.​

Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)

Eligibility criteria and interview dates for 2021 will be updated in the summer.​

Singapore

Eligibility criteria and interview dates for 2021 will be updated in the summer.​

USA (New York)

Eligibility criteria and interview dates for 2021 will be updated in the summer.​