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Undergraduate Study

Total number of students at Cambridge from South Africa 2017-18
Undergraduate 6
Postgraduate 76

If a student holds more than one nationality, then the nationality given as the primary nationality is reported.

You may find our other undergraduate application statistics interesting as well.

Entry requirements

UG Study Guidance

Applicants from South Africa should note that the National Senior Certificate (NSC) will only be considered to form part of a competitive application to Cambridge if additional qualifications are also taken. This includes the NSC taken through the Independent Examinations Board (IEB).

Applicants taking the NSC will be expected to complete the NSC with seven passes to include grades 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7 (excluding Life Orientation). You will also need to undertake further study. Examples of suitable further study include relevant science Olympiads, SAT Subject Tests, A Levels, the International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) Tests, or possibly the first year of an undergraduate degree at a university outside the UK.

We recommend that you contact the College that you wish to apply to directly for further advice and guidance.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language then any offer made is likely to include English language requirements. See which English language qualifications we accept on our English language requirements page.

Fees and finance

As an international student, fees vary between different courses. Limited financial support may be available from the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust, or College funds.

If you're unsure as to whether your fee status would be Home or international, please see our fee status page.


If you think you may meet the entry requirements that we require from your country, we would suggest that you familiarise yourself with how to apply to Cambridge. There is also specific information for international applicants and an application timetable with dates and deadlines relevant for international students.

Admissions Assessments

Please also refer to the information about admission assessments. If the course you’re applying for requires you to take a pre-interview written assessment, you must be registered in advance for the assessment. The assessment centre where you’ll take the assessment must register you (you can’t register yourself) by the relevant assessment registration deadline.