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Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA)

The Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA) is a required part of the application process for:

  • those wishing to be considered for an Organ Scholarship
  • those living outside the EU at the time of application
  • those attending school/college/University outside the EU at the time of application

Please note that submission (or not) of the COPA is not related to fee status.

The COPA allows us to collect information that is not part of your UCAS application, and to make arrangements for overseas interviews and Organ Trials. The COPA should be completed in addition to a UCAS application, and your application will not be valid unless both are received by the relevant deadline.

Do I need to complete a COPA?

The COPA is a required part of the admissions process for anyone applying from outside the European Union (EU), and for anyone wishing to be considered for an Organ Scholarship. See below to check whether or not you should complete a COPA (please note that the COPA is not related to fee status):

  • I am/will be living in a country outside the EU at the time of application.
    You should complete a COPA, indicating that you are making an overseas application. This includes applicants applying from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
  • I am/will be attending school/college/University in a country outside the EU at the time of application.
    You should complete a COPA (even if you normally live within the EU), indicating that you are making an overseas application. This includes applicants applying from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
  • My family home is outside the EU but I will be attending school/college/University within the EU at the time of application.
    You do not need to submit a COPA.
  • I am applying from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
    You do not need to submit a COPA.
  • I wish to apply for an Organ Scholarship.
    You should complete a COPA, indicating that you are making an Organ Scholarship application.
  • None of the above statements apply to me.
    You don’t need to complete a COPA as part of your application. You should begin the application process by submitting a UCAS application by the relevant deadline.

What do I need to complete the COPA?

There are a number of pieces of information you will need to hand in order to complete the COPA.

  • Your UCAS Personal ID number. Please see FAQ "What is my UCAS Personal ID?" for further details
  • A passport style digital photograph of yourself
  • Your BMAT registration number (if applicable)
  • Details of the qualifications you are currently studying and/or have completed since age 11 (including UMS results/percentage uniform marks if you have taken/are taking modular AS/A Levels)
  • A copy of the personal statement that you have included or intend to include in your UCAS application
  • Contact details for your UCAS referee. In the case of applicants with an earlier than 15 October application deadline, we will contact your UCAS referee directly by email to obtain a copy of their reference along with predicted grades and ranking (ranking is not required for Organ Scholarship applicants). This information must reach us by no later than the relevant deadline, i.e. 11 September (Organ Scholarship applicants) or 20 September*. If you are submitting your COPA for the 15 October deadline, the reference will be obtained from your UCAS application.
  • Contact details for your musical referee (if you are making an Organ Scholarship application). Please note that you must provide your referee with a completed declaration coversheet and ensure that your referee submits your musical ability reference by the appropriate deadline.
  • A valid debit or credit card. If you know you will be unable to pay by debit or credit card, please contact the Cambridge Admissions Office (+44 (0)1223 333308 / appfees@admin.cam.ac.uk) as soon as possible to discuss alternative payment methods.

*We will use the contact details for your UCAS referee you will have provided in your COPA to contact this person directly by email. We strongly recommend that you submit your COPA as early as possible to allow enough time for your referee to prepare and send us the required documents. Please note that your COPA will not be considered valid if the documents are not submitted by the set deadline.

You may also find it helpful to have a think about your answers to the questions with free text boxes, such as the optional additional personal statement and how you have kept up your interest in the subject you are applying for outside your schoolwork.

If you have all the above information to hand and have thought about your answers to those questions requiring a comment or statement, we estimate that you could complete the COPA in two hours. If you wish, however, you can save your work and log back in at a later date to complete the rest of your COPA.

When do I need to submit my COPA?

The deadline for submitting your COPA depends on the type of application you are making.

If you are making an overseas application

Please check the table below to find the appropriate deadline, depending on where you would prefer to be interviewed:

Applicants applying from outside the EU Submit COPA by Submit UCAS application by

Applicants who would like to be interviewed in China, Malaysia, or Singapore

20 September


20 September
Applicants who would like to be interviewed in Australia, Canada or Hong Kong – restrictions apply (see below) 15 October 15 October
Applicants who would like to be interviewed in Cambridge 15 October 15 October

Please note the following restrictions:

  • if interviews are held in your home or school country, you can only request an interview in that country or in Cambridge - applicants for Architecture, History of Art, Classics and Music are advised to apply to be considered for an interview in Cambridge
  • interviews in Canada are only available to applicants who are resident or at school/University in Canada or who are Canadian nationals resident elsewhere
  • interviews in Hong Kong are only available to applicants who are domiciled, permanently resident or at school/University in the special administrative region of Hong Kong
  • interviews in Australia are only available to applicants who are resident or currently at school/University in Australia, New Zealand, or a Pacific Island

Applicants from other Asian countries (such as Brunei, Indonesia, Philippines, South Korea, Taipei, Thailand and the Maldives) are invited to apply to be considered for interview either in Singapore (20 September deadline) or in Cambridge (15 October deadline).

If you are making an Organ Scholarship application:

Organ Scholarship Applications Submit COPA by Submit UCAS application by
Applicants wishing to be considered for an Organ Scholarship 1 September 15 October
  • Please note that you can wait until you have the result of your Organ Trial before you submit your UCAS application. See the Organ Scholarship information for guidance and application instructions.

How much is the application fee?

There is a (non-refundable) application fee for COPA submissions, which depends on the type of application you are making:

Application type Fee
Organ Scholarship application only £10.00
Overseas application only £30.00
Overseas and Organ Scholarship application £40.00, comprising £30.00 overseas application fee and £10.00 Organ Scholarship fee

You will be asked to pay this fee by debit or credit card when you submit your COPA. If you know you will be unable to pay by debit or credit card, please contact the Cambridge Admissions Office (+44 (0)1223 333308 / appfees@admin.cam.ac.uk) as soon as possible to discuss alternative payment methods.

If you are selected for an interview outside the UK, you must also pay an interview fee of £130 at a later date (but prior to the interview itself). Further information on this payment will be provided in the correspondence inviting you to attend an interview.

What does the COPA look like?

The COPA is divided into eight or nine sections, depending on your application type:

  • Application Type
  • Personal Details
  • Application Details
  • Education
  • Qualifications
  • Organ (only if you are applying for an Organ Scholarship)
  • Fees & Funding
  • Additional Information
  • Pay & Submit

These sections make up the horizontal navigation bar displayed along the top of each page, as shown in the screenshot below.

screenshot taken from the COPA

Each section is made up of one or more pages. Some pages are only relevant to overseas applicants or to Organ Scholarships applicants. If pages are not relevant to you they will be hidden.

All questions are accompanied by a ‘Help Text’ panel that provides guidance to help you with your answers. Further help is available through a link to the Guide to Completing the COPA. We recommend that you download and read this guide before starting your COPA. A list of Frequently Asked Questions is also on the FAQ tab.

Checklist

For your application to the University of Cambridge to be considered valid, you must make sure that all the following items reach us by the appropriate deadline:

  • COPA - see submission deadline below
  • UCAS application - see submission deadline below
  • SAQ - see submission deadline below
  • application fee payment
  • a copy of your UCAS reference. In the case of those with a COPA deadline earlier than 15 October, we will contact your UCAS referee directly by email to request a copy of their reference along with predicted grades and ranking (ranking is not required for Organ Scholarship applicants). This information must reach us by no later than the relevant deadline, i.e. 11 September (Organ Scholarship applicants) or 20 September*. If you are submitting your COPA for the 15 October deadline, the reference will be obtained from your UCAS application.
  • a copy of your musical ability reference (in the case of Organ Scholarship applicants). You must provide your referee with a completed declaration coversheet and ensure that your referee submits your musical ability reference by the appropriate deadline
  • a copy of your High School Transcript. Please see FAQ - What do you mean by a "High School Transcript"? for further details
  • a copy of your University Transcript if you are currently studying at a University

*We will use the contact details for your UCAS referee you will have provided in your COPA to contact this person directly by email. We strongly recommend that you submit your COPA as early as possible to allow enough time for your referee to prepare and send us the required documents. Please note that your COPA will not be considered valid if the documents are not submitted by the set deadline.

Please refer to Am I required to submit a High School Transcript? and What do you mean by a 'High School Transcript?' in the FAQ tab for further details and instructions on submitting your transcript(s).

Submission deadlines


Organ Scholarship applications
Submit COPA by Submit UCAS application by Submit SAQ by
Applicants wishing to be considered for an Organ Scholarship 1 September 15 October 12pm (noon, GMT) on 22 October
Applicants applying from outside the EU Submit COPA by Submit UCAS application by Submit SAQ by
Applicants who would like to be interviewed in China, Malaysia, or Singapore 20 September 20 September 12pm (noon, GMT) on 22 October
Applicants who would like to be interviewed in Australia, Canada, or Hong Kong - restrictions apply (see FAQ - Where am I eligible for interview?) 15 October 15 October
Applicants who would like to be interviewed in Cambridge 15 October 15 October

Frequently asked questions

Why do I have to complete a Cambridge Online Preliminary Application?

The Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA) must be completed by anyone applying from outside the EU (this includes those applying from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) or applying for an Organ Scholarship. This questionnaire has been developed to help us gather the additional information required to allow us to assess your application. In many cases there is also an earlier application deadline to allow time to arrange overseas interviews and the Organ Trials.

Do I also have to fill out a Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ)?

Yes. It is very important that you also complete the Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) after submitting your UCAS application - your application will not be valid unless you also submit a SAQ. We will email you a link to the SAQ once we receive your UCAS application. Once you have confirmed your identity, and entered your COPA Reference Number and your UCAS Personal ID in the boxes provided in Section 1, you will be automatically taken to Section 8. You will not need to complete the rest of the SAQ questions, as you will already have answered them in the COPA.

When is the deadline for submitting my COPA?

The deadline for submitting your COPA depends on the type of application you are making:

Organ Scholarship applications Submit COPA by Submit UCAS application by
Applicants wishing to be considered for an Organ Scholarship 1 September 15 October

Please note that that you can wait until you have the result of your Organ Trial before you submit your UCAS application. See the Organ Scholarship information for guidance and application instructions.

Applicants applying from outside the EU Submit COPA by Submit UCAS application by
Applicants who would like to be interviewed in China, Malaysia, or Singapore 20 September 20 September
Applicants who would like to be interviewed in Australia, Canada, or Hong Kong - restrictions apply (see FAQ - Where am I eligible for interview? below) 15 October 15 October
Applicants who would like to be interviewed in Cambridge 15 October 15 October

For your application to the University of Cambridge to be considered valid, you must make sure that all the following items reach us by the appropriate deadline:

  • COPA
  • UCAS application
  • SAQ
  • application fee payment
  • a copy of your UCAS reference. In the case of those with a COPA deadline earlier than 15 October, we will contact your referee directly by email to request a copy of their reference along with predicted grades and ranking(ranking is not required for Organ Scholarship applicants). This information must reach us by no later than the relevant deadline, i.e. 11 September (Organ Scholarship applicants) or 20 September*. If you are submitting your COPA for the 15 October deadline, the reference will be obtained from your UCAS application.
  • a copy of your musical ability reference (in the case of Organ Scholarship applicants). You must provide your referee with a completed declaration coversheet and ensure that your referee submits your musical ability reference by the appropriate deadline.
  • a copy of your High School Transcript. Please see FAQ – What do you mean by a “High School Transcript”? for further details
  • a copy of your University Transcript if you are currently studying at a University.

*We will use the contact details for your UCAS referee you will have provided in your COPA to contact this person directly by email. We strongly recommend that you submit your COPA as early as possible to allow enough time for your referee to prepare and send us the required documents. Please note that your COPA will not be considered valid if the documents are not submitted by the set deadline.

What is my COPA Reference Number and where can I find it?

When you submit your COPA and pay the application fee, you will be allocated a unique COPA Reference Number consisting of the letter "C" followed by 9 digits, e.g. C150000000. Your COPA Reference Number will appear in our email acknowledging submission of your COPA. This email will be sent to the address you have used to register your COPA.

I’ve submitted my COPA, but I haven’t received an email acknowledgement, what should I do?

It may take up to 24 hours to receive your submission confirmation email after you have submitted your COPA and paid the application fee. If you have not received both a payment confirmation email and a submission confirmation email within 24 hours of submitting, you should contact the Cambridge Admissions Office (T +44 (0)1223 333308; E copahelp@admin.cam.ac.uk). Please check the inbox and ‘spam’ or ‘junk’ folders of your email account before contacting us, as your email provider may have incorrectly placed the confirmation email there.

I've submitted my COPA but want to change College. Can I do this?

No. Once you have submitted your COPA it is not possible to change your College under any circumstances, so make sure you research your College choice and are sure about your decision. If you have listed a different College choice on your COPA to that stated on your UCAS application then the College choice on your UCAS application will take precedence. Please note that this also applies if you have made an open application.

What should I do if there is a problem with my email address?

If you realise that you have provided an incorrect email address or lose access to the email account you registered with, please contact the Cambridge Admissions Office (T +44 (0)1223 333308; E copahelp@admin.cam.ac.uk) as soon as possible, so that we can change your registration email address. You will need your UCAS Personal ID number, and we will also confirm your identity by asking you questions about the answers you have given in the COPA.

Receiving emails from the University of Cambridge

During the early stages of your application, the University will send important information and reminders to the email address that you have provided. It is essential that your email account is configured correctly so that emails sent from the University are not rejected or filtered into your 'junk'/'spam' folder by your email provider.

Your application to the University of Cambridge may be disadvantaged if you do not take the steps described below.

The University of Cambridge will contact you from time to time using the following email addresses:

  • saq@admin.cam.ac.uk
  • saqhelp@admin.cam.ac.uk
  • copa@admin.cam.ac.uk
  • copahelp@admin.cam.ac.uk
  • appfees@admin.cam.ac.uk
  • camsistechlive@admin.cam.ac.uk

Please ensure that all five of the above email addresses are:

  • ADDED to your email client's Contact List
  • ADDED to your email client's Safe Sender List (if available)
  • REMOVED from your email client's Block Sender List

Help for some of the more commonly used email clients can be found at the following links:

Hotmail/Outlook www.windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/email-problems-help
BT Internet/Yahoo www.help.yahoo.com/kb/
Apple Mail www.apple.com/support/mail/
Google Mail www.support.google.com/mail/
AOL www.help.aol.co.uk/help_uk/product/email/
iOS Devices www.apple.com/support/

What if I forget my COPA Password?

Don't worry if you forget your password. If this happens you can enter your email address on the log-in page and click on the 'I have forgotten my password' link. We will send you a new temporary COPA password by email. You will be asked to change this temporary password to a password of your choice next time you log in.

What is my UCAS Personal ID?

Your UCAS Personal ID is the unique number which UCAS gives you when you register to make an application with them. If you have forgotten your UCAS Personal ID, please contact UCAS Customer Services (T +44 (0)330 3330 230 ) or refer to UCAS Apply (www.ucas.com/apply).

I don’t have a digital photograph of myself; what should I do?

We strongly encourage you to upload a digital photograph. However, if you are unable to provide a digital photograph, please complete the Undergraduate Applicant Photograph Submission Form.If you are making an overseas application the completed form should be returned to the Overseas Applications Administrator at the Cambridge Admissions Office by the relevant application deadline. If you are applying for an Organ Scholarship the completed form should be returned to the Admissions Office of your first preference College by 1 September 2014.

Where am I eligible for interview?

In the 2014-15 admissions round (for entry in October 2015, or deferred entry in October 2016), the University will be conducting overseas interviews in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.

Please note the following restrictions:

  • if interviews are held in your home or school country, you can only request an interview in that country or in Cambridge – applicants for Architecture, History of Art, Classics and Music are advised to apply to be considered for an interview in Cambridge
  • interviews in Canada are only available to applicants who are resident or at school/University in Canada or who are Canadian nationals resident elsewhere
  • interviews in Hong Kong are only available to applicants who are domiciled, permanently resident or at school/University in the special administrative region of Hong Kong
  • interviews in Australia are only available to applicants who are resident or currently at school/University in Australia, New Zealand, or a Pacific Island

Applicants from other Asian countries (such as Brunei, Indonesia, Philippines, South Korea, Taipei, Thailand and the Maldives) are invited to apply to be considered for interview either in Singapore (20 September deadline) or in Cambridge (15 October deadline).

What do you mean by a 'High School Transcript'?

By ‘High School Transcript’ we mean a record of your academic achievement to date in your secondary school/college examinations, which are usually taken in the last two years of schooling (if you are currently studying at a university, you are required to provide a university Transcript). For most students, the transcript will be an official document or certificate from your school/college/University which lists the subjects you have studied and the grades/qualifications that you have obtained. Please provide as much information on your examination performance as possible. Where possible, please also include details of any internal assessments that you may have undertaken. Please do NOT include references, detailed project work, or any non-academic achievements.

If you are unsure as to whether or not you are required to submit a transcript (High School and/or University), you can find guidance under Am I required to submit a High School Transcript? below.

If the original transcript is not in English, you will need to have it translated and authorised (ie signed or stamped) by an official translation service or by your school/college/university.

For an example of a High School Transcript and further guidance relating to transcripts, please see the transcript submission page.

Transcript submission deadlines

You must ensure that your transcript is uploaded by the relevant deadline.

COPA applicants Non-COPA applicants

Overseas applications
Transcripts must be received by:

  • 20 September 2014 for those requesting to be interviewed in China, Malaysia, or Singapore
  • 15 October 2014 for those requesting to be interviewed in Cambridge, Australia, Canada or Hong Kong

Organ Scholarship applications
Transcripts must be received by 1 September 2014

Transcripts must be received by 22 October 2014
Am I required to submit a High School Transcript?

Please use the flow chart below to determine whether or not you are required to submit a High School Transcript.

If you are currently studying at a university, please also see the information below the flow chart.

high school transcript flow chart

Students currently studying at university
You are required to submit a University Transcript as part of your application to Cambridge. Please note that your application will not be considered unless a transcript is received.

  • If your University Transcript is available to you at the time of application, you must upload it then, together with your High School Transcript as a single document via your COPA.
  • If your University Transcript is not available to you at the time of application, please contact your preference College (or the Cambridge Admissions Office in the case of open applications) to advise them that you will submit your University Transcript at a later stage. It is important that you send your transcript directly to your preference College (or the Cambridge Admissions Office in the case of open applications) as soon as it becomes available. This should not delay submission of your High School Transcript or your COPA..

Please also follow the flow chart above to determine whether or not you must submit a High School Transcript in addition to your University Transcript. If you are required to submit both a High School Transcript and a University Transcript, your application will not be considered unless both are received and you will need to combine them to create a single PDF.

What do you mean by 'reference'?

References are an important part of our admissions process because they tell us about your academic abilities and potential. Comments that are particularly helpful to us are those that show evidence of your intellectual flexibility and curiosity, analytical ability, logical reasoning and the ability to learn quickly.

Your referee should ideally be one of your current teachers at school/college. If you are applying independently, have left school/college and/or have not yet submitted your UCAS application, we recommend that your referee is someone who has most recently been acquainted with your academic ability and performance.

In the case of those with a COPA deadline earlier than 15 October (i.e. if you are applying for an Organ Scholarship or to be considered for interview in China, Singapore or Malaysia), we will contact your UCAS referee directly by email to request a copy of their reference along with predicted grades and ranking (ranking is not required for Organ Scholarship applicants). This information must reach us by no later than the relevant deadline, i.e. 11 September (Organ Scholarship applicants) or 20 September. If you are submitting your COPA for the 15 October deadline, the reference will be obtained from your UCAS application

We will use the contact details for your UCAS referee you will have provided in your COPA to contact this person directly by email. We strongly recommend that you submit your COPA as early as possible to allow enough time for your referee to prepare and send us the required documents. Please note that your COPA will not be considered valid if the documents are not submitted by the set deadline.

You will be asked to provide your referee's email address at Question A4.1 ('Please provide details of your UCAS referee') of the COPA.

If you do not know your referee's email address, please get in touch with them as soon as possible to obtain it. If your referee does not have an email address, please contact the Cambridge Admissions Office for guidance as soon as possible (T +44 (0)1223 333308; E copahelp@admin.cam.ac.uk)

How much detail do I need to give about topics that I have studied?

We are looking for a list of the main topics that you have covered in your studies in order to help interviewers to compose appropriate questions to ask you, so you only need to include topics covered up to December 2014. The two examples below give an indication of the level of detail that we are looking for in this question. List as many topics as you can but do not worry if you cannot list them all. Abbreviations are acceptable. If you are unsure which topics you will be covering up to December 2014 we recommend that you ask your teachers for guidance.

If any of your qualifications are self-taught or you are home-schooled, please enter '1' under 'Class size' and provide further details in question A3.4 ('Is there anything else you would like us to know?').

If your school year starts in January and ends in December, please select “2013-14” under “Academic Year” for any subjects studied from January 2013 to December 2013 and select “2014-15” under “Academic Year” for any subjects studied from January 2014 to (and including) December 2014. We also recommend that you provide further details at question A3.4 (“Is there anything else you would like us to know?”).

AS/A Level example:

Subject Qualification/ Level Class Size Academic Year Topics
Biology AS Level 15 2013-14 Molecules and Cells, Exchange Transport, Genetics
Biology A Level 10 2014-15 Human Health, Respiration
Chemistry AS Level 8 2013-14 Atomic Structure, Bonding, Kinetics, Energetics
Chemistry A Level 7 2014-15 Functional Groups, Periodicity
English Literature AS Level 10 2013-14 Keats, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, A Streetcar Named Desire
Mathematics AS Level 15 2013-14 Algebra and Functions, Calculus, Trigonometry
Mathematics A Level 12 2014-15 Probability, Complex Numbers


International Baccalaureate example:

Subject Qualification/ Level Class Size Academic Year Topics
English IB Higher Level 15 2014-15 Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Outsider, Anthony and Cleopatra, Yeats, Heaney
Spanish IB Higher Level 12 2014-15 Study of Grammar, History of Spain and South America, Spanish Literature, Politics and Culture
History IB Higher Level 15 2014-15 Russia 1850-1953, Causes of the Cold War, Rise and Rule of Single Party States
Biology IB Standard Level 15 2014-15 Cells, Digestion, Respiration, Health and Nutrition, Blood and Circulation
Latin IB Standard Level 10 2014-15 Catullus: Love Poetry, Horace, The Aeneid Book II, Translation of Ovid, Grammar
Maths Studies IB Standard Level 20 2014-15 Calculus, Trigonometry, Financial Mathematics, Algebra, Graphs
What do you mean by ‘AS/A Level or equivalent’?

AS Level and A Level qualifications are taken by the majority of UK students during their final two years of school/college. A certain level of achievement in these qualifications is usually required for entry to University in the UK. When we ask for information about subjects studied at 'AS/A Level or equivalent', we are looking for information about the qualifications you have taken in the final stage of your schooling. Further information on our entrance requirements is available at: www.cam.ac.uk/entrancerequirements/.

Examples of qualifications that are equivalent to AS/A Level:

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (Standard and Higher Level subjects)
  • SATs, ACTs and Advanced Placements
  • High School Graduation Diplomas/Certificates (e.g. Australia, Canada)
  • Malaysian STPM
  • Indian HSSC
  • Pre-U Principal Subjects

Examples of qualifications that are NOT equivalent to AS/A Level:

  • GCSE/IGCSE/O Level
  • International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme
  • Malaysian SPM
  • Hong Kong Certificate of Education

Further information on our entrance requirements is available here.

What do you mean by a ‘modular A Level’?

A modular A Level is assessed through individually examined units (modules) that are taken throughout the course, rather than by examinations at the end of the final year of study.

Applicants taking modular A Levels normally receive a Uniform Mark Scale (UMS) score for each unit completed.

In some countries, applicants receive a percentage uniform mark for each completed unit rather than a UMS score. UMS scores/percentage uniform marks can usually be found on the statement of results issued by the Awarding Body. If you are unsure whether UMS scores/percentage uniform marks are available for your completed A Levels, please ask your school/college for advice. If no UMS scores/percentage uniform marks appear on your statement of results, please contact the Cambridge Admissions Office (T +44 (0) 1223 333308; E copahelp@admin.cam.ac.uk) for guidance.

Your preference/allocated Cambridge College will require that you supply full and accurate evidence of your UMS/percentage uniform marks achievements once your application has been received.

My COPA is not displaying correctly, what should I do?

We strongly recommend that you download and use the Firefox web browser (www.mozilla.com/firefox) to complete the COPA, as it may not display correctly in other browsers. If you are having difficulty displaying pages of the COPA correctly (when they have previously displayed without any problems), please try logging out and logging back in again. This should correct any problems you are experiencing.

I'm unable to submit my COPA, what should I do?

You will be unable to submit your COPA if you have not answered any compulsory questions or you have provided an invalid answer. Go to the 'Review My Answers' page by clicking on 'Review My Answers' to check for any errors (these will be highlighted in red). Once you have corrected any errors, try to submit your COPA again. You will need to agree to the declaration statement again.

I have difficulties logging in to my COPA, what do I do?

We strongly recommend that you download and use the Firefox web browser (www.mozilla.com/firefox) to complete the COPA, as this is the preferred browser and some applicants have experienced problems logging in using other browsers. If you are experiencing difficulties logging in to your COPA, we recommend that you clear your ‘cookies’ and browsing history, and allow ‘pop-ups’. Alternatively, try using a different machine.

What if I need to change information but have already submitted my COPA?

Once you have submitted your COPA, it is not possible to amend the answers online. If you notice an error in the information you provided or have any other queries please contact the Admissions Office of the College you applied to or, in the case of open applicants, the Cambridge Admissions Office (T 44 (0)1223 333308; E copahelp@admin.cam.ac.uk).

Can schools/colleges still submit an additional Cambridge-specific reference?

As we ask teachers/referees to provide a copy of their UCAS reference, there is no need to provide/send an additional Cambridge-specific reference. However, if teachers/referees have any particular comments to make that relate specifically to Cambridge and were not included in the UCAS reference, they are welcome to do so and should send this direct to the relevant College or, in the case of open applicants, the Cambridge Admissions Office.

In order to ensure that any additional reference for an overseas application arrives at the right place it should be addressed to the Overseas Applications Administrator in the Cambridge Admissions Office and should include the applicant's full name, date of birth, course applied for and, UCAS Personal ID number. In the case of Organ Scholarship applications, this information and additional reference should be sent to the Admissions Office of the applicant's first preference College. Contact details for the Colleges can be found in the College contacts section.

   

Further information

You’ll find detailed guidance about completing the COPA in our Guide to Completing the COPA, and will also find plenty of help text in the COPA questionnaire itself.

If you are unable to complete the COPA online (for instance, because you do not have a valid email address or as a result of a disability) please contact the Cambridge Admissions Office as soon as possible (+44 (0)1223 333308 / copahelp@admin.cam.ac.uk).

We will be contacting you by email at various stages of your application to the University of Cambridge. It is essential that our emails are not rejected by your email provider. For instructions please see FAQ - Receiving emails from the University of Cambridge.

Should you have any further questions about completing the COPA please contact the Cambridge Admissions Office (+44 (0)1223 333308 / copahelp@admin.cam.ac.uk).