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To minimise COVID-related risks to our applicants, students and staff in the coming undergraduate admissions round, we are not planning to conduct any overseas interviews in person this year in the countries in which we usually interview (Singapore, Malaysia, PR China, Hong Kong, India, USA and Canada).  We plan to conduct interviews remotely in a reduced number of countries (Singapore, Malaysia, PR China and Hong Kong).

The Cambridge Colleges conduct a series of overseas interview schemes. For 2021 entry (or deferred entry in 2022), it's anticipated that these will take place remotely in Singapore, Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), PR China (Shanghai) and Hong Kong. Candidates based in our overseas interviews locations would ordinarily be expected to apply for an interview in that location, according to eligibility (details below) in order to minimise both the environmental impact and the time away from school.

Overseas interviewers 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 information on interviews see our main 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're selected for an interview in one of our overseas interviews locations, you'll be required to pay an interview fee. The fee for overseas interviews in 2020 is £50. 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'd like to be considered for interview overseas then your COPA, UCAS application, SAQ, 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 need a good standard of spoken English to take part in the interviews. Please check our English language requirements page.

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. For 2021 entry (or deferred entry in 2022), these assessments will be arranged by the Colleges at a later date than the interviews.

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

Eligibility and interview dates 2020

Canada (Toronto)

We are sorry that we are unable to conduct overseas interviews in Canada this year. Applicants will be assessed by the relevant College and remote interviews will take place in December, if selected.

PR China (Shanghai)

Eligibility: Interviews in PR China are available to all applicants. However, if you're applying to study Architecture, Classics, Economics, History of Art, or Music, you're advised to apply to be interviewed by the Colleges in the Cambridge interview period.

Applicants from PR China are welcome to apply with the assistance of the Ambright Education Group. Ambright applicants will be required to take written, subject-dependent Aptitude Scholastic Tests in Mathematics, Physics and English at centres in China. These are used, when available, as part of the selection criteria for the PR China (Shanghai) overseas interview scheme.

Non-Ambright PR China applicants are also welcome to apply to be interviewed in Shanghai.

Interview Dates: Interviews will take place remotely in Shanghai on 23-27 November and 30 November 2020.

Hong Kong

Eligibility: Interviews in Hong Kong are available to all applicants, although priority will be given to those who are domiciled, permanently resident or at school/university in the special administrative region of Hong Kong. If you're applying to study Architecture, Classics, Economics, History of Art, or Music, you're advised to apply to be interviewed by the Colleges in the Cambridge interview period.

Interview Dates: Interviews will take place remotely in Hong Kong on 1-4 December and 7 December 2020.

 

India (Mumbai)

We are sorry that we are unable to conduct overseas interviews in India this year. Applicants will be assessed by the relevant College and remote interviews will take place in December, if selected.

Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)

Eligibility: Interviews in Malaysia are available to all applicants. However, if you're applying to study Architecture, Classics, History of Art, or Music, you're advised to apply to be interviewed by the Colleges in the Cambridge interview period.

Interview Dates: Interviews will be take place remotely in Kuala Lumpur on 21-23 October 2020.

Singapore

Eligibility: Interviews in Singapore are available to all applicants. However, if you're applying to study Architecture, Classics, History of Art, or Music, you're advised to apply to be by the Colleges in the Cambridge interview period.

Interview Dates: Interviews will take place remotely in Singapore on 12-16 and 19-20 October 2020.

USA (New York)

We are sorry that we are unable to conduct overseas interviews in New York this year. Applicants will be assessed by the relevant College and remote interviews will take place in December, if selected.