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Interviews in Hong Kong

Please note that due to the recent civil unrest in Hong Kong there is the possibility of disruption to the overseas interview arrangements. The Hong Kong interviews will proceed, if at all possible, but there may need to be a reduction in capacity, relocation or cancellation at short notice. The University is monitoring the situation closely and applicants who have requested to be considered for interview in Hong Kong will be contacted at the start of the week commencing Monday 18 November.  Advice is current as of 14 November 2019.

 

The Cambridge Colleges conduct a series of overseas interview schemes. For 2020 entry (or deferred entry in 2021), it's anticipated that these will take place in Singapore, Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), PR China (Shanghai), Hong Kong, India (Mumbai), Canada (Toronto) and the USA (New York, via video-conferencing software). Candidates based in a location where there is an overseas interview team would ordinarily be expected to apply for an interview in that location, according to eligibility (details below). Candidates in these locations requesting interview in Cambridge (instead of an interview in their location) should clearly outline their reasons for this in section A3.1 of the COPA. Please check the visa requirements for the country where you are seeking an interview, and take this into account when choosing your preferred location.

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 structured follow-up conversation with that candidate by Skype or similar. In subjects where interview in Cambridge is recommended, a more formal second interview may be offered.

If you're selected for an interview outside the UK, you'll be required to pay an interview fee. The fee for overseas interviews to be held in 2019 will be £150 (£80 for the New York Remote Interview Scheme scheme). 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, 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. Please note that for some overseas interviews locations, pre-interview assessments may take place after your interview. In this situation, your written assessment will still be considered by your Cambridge College along with your overseas interview report.
  • At-interview admissions assessments will usually take place in the same week as interviews in that country - registration is not required. 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 and interview dates

Canada (Toronto)

Eligibility: If you're applying to study Architecture, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Classics, History of Art, History and Modern Languages (Joint Honours), Medicine, Modern and Medieval Languages, or Music, you cannot request to be interviewed in Toronto.

All other applicants may request an interview in Toronto.

Interview Dates: Interviews and at-interview assessments will take place in Toronto during 27-30 November 2019.

PR China (Shanghai)

Eligibility: Interviews in PR China 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 in Cambridge.

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 and at-interview assessments will take place in Shanghai from 25-27 November 2019.

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, History of Art, or Music, you're advised to apply to be interviewed in Cambridge. 

Interview Dates: Interviews in Hong Kong will take place on 29 and 30 November and 2 December, and at-interview assessments will take place on 4 December 2019.

Please note: Due to the recent civil unrest in Hong Kong there is the possibility of disruption to the overseas interview arrangements. The Hong Kong interviews will proceed if at all possible but there may need to be a reduction in capacity or cancellation at short notice. Applicants for Hong Kong who are concerned about the possible disruption are welcome to request consideration for interview in Singapore.

Any applicants wishing to be considered for interview in Singapore instead of Hong Kong will now need to submit their application by the 20 September 2019 deadline and are requested to indicate on their COPA form that interview location. Please see the relevant deadlines webpage and the COPA Guide for further information.

India (Mumbai)

Eligibility: Interviews in Mumbai are available to all applicants, although priority will be given to those who are resident or at school/university in India or who are Indian nationals resident elsewhere. If you're applying to study Architecture, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Classics, History of Art, History and Modern Languages (Joint Honours), Modern and Medieval Languages, or Music, you cannot request to be interviewed in Mumbai.

Interview Dates: Interviews and at-interview assessments in India will take place in Mumbai during 18-19 November 2019.

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 in Cambridge.

Interview Dates: Interviews will be held 20-22 October 2019 in Kuala Lumpur. At-interview assessments will be held on 19 October 2019.

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 interviewed in Cambridge.

Interview Dates: Interviews will be held 14-18 October 2019 in Singapore. At-interview assessments will be held on 19 October 2019.

USA (New York)

The University conducts a remote interview scheme in New York for applicants from the USA and surrounding countries (though all applicants are welcome to apply to this scheme). The New York scheme is a different model to the other schemes – applicants will be interviewed via video-conferencing software by interviewers based in Cambridge. The interview fee for New York is £80.

Eligibility: Interviews in the USA are available to all applicants for the College/course combinations shown in the table below.

College

Courses accepted for USA interview

Christ’s, Downing, Emmanuel, Girton, Gonville & Caius, Homerton, Hughes Hall, Lucy Cavendish, Murray Edwards, Pembroke, Queens’, St Edmund’s, Trinity Hall and Wolfson

All courses

Corpus Christi

All courses except Mathematics; Medicine; Natural Sciences;

Churchill, Clare, Jesus, King’s, Magdalene, Newnham, Peterhouse, Robinson, St Catharine’s, Selwyn, Sidney Sussex, Trinity

Arts* courses.

Fitzwilliam and St John’s

These Colleges do not participate in the New York Remote Interview Scheme.

* ‘Arts’ courses include Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic; Archaeology, Architecture; Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Classics; Economics; Education; English; Geography; History; History and Modern Languages; History and Politics; History of Art; Human, Social, and Political Sciences; Land Economy; Law; Linguistics; Modern and Medieval Languages; Music; Philosophy; Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion.

Interview Dates: Interviews and at-interview assessments will take place in New York during 2-5 December 2019.