Applying from outside the EU
All applicants to the University of Cambridge must complete a UCAS application and submit it to UCAS by the relevant deadline. In addition to a UCAS application, applicants from outside the European Union (EU) must complete and submit a Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA). Please note, there is an overseas application fee of £30.00 associated with the COPA. See COPA fees for further details.
In both your UCAS application and COPA, you should indicate the Cambridge College to which you wish to apply. It is essential that your choice of Cambridge College on your UCAS application and COPA match. If there is a discrepancy, your choice of College on your UCAS application will take precedence. Please note that it is not possible under any circumstances to change your choice of Cambridge College once you have submitted your UCAS application and COPA. If you have no preference for a particular College, you can choose to make an 'open' application, where your application is allocated by a computer program to a College. Please note that affiliated applicants must apply to a College - there is no open application route for affiliated applicants.
For most students, the deadline for receipt of their UCAS application and COPA is 15 October 2013. However, if you'd like to be interviewed in one of the countries where we conduct overseas interviews, earlier deadlines may apply.
What happens once I have submitted both my UCAS and COPA applications?
Once you have submitted your UCAS application, you will receive an email from us directing you to complete the Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) by a specific deadline. You must log in to the SAQ and enter the COPA Reference Number you received when you submitted the COPA. Your application to the University will not be valid until you have submitted the SAQ as well.
Please note that it may take up to 24 hours for the email containing your COPA Reference Number to come through. It will also take a short time for your UCAS application to be processed, so you will not receive the email containing details of the SAQ immediately. In both instances, please check your email inbox regularly as well as your 'junk'/'spam' folder.
You may be required to submit academic transcripts for your application to the University of Cambridge to be valid. To determine whether you are required to submit transcripts, please see our Transcript submission webpage.
All applicants who have a realistic chance of being offered a place are invited to attend an interview. The University conducts a number of interviews overseas and for 2014 entry/2015 deferred entry these will take place in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Pakistan and Singapore.
A reasonable standard in spoken English is required at the time of interview. For example an overall IELTS score of 6 for sciences or 6.5 for arts and social sciences would normally be regarded as a reasonable score at the point of application.
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 in Australia, New Zealand, or a Pacific Island
Applicants from other Asian countries (such as Brunei, Indonesia, Philippines, South Korea, Taipei and Thailand) are invited to apply to be considered for interview either in Singapore or in Cambridge.
Applicants who are eligible to be interviewed in a country listed above are strongly advised to apply by the appropriate deadline and request an interview in that country. There is no advantage to being interviewed in Cambridge.
Overseas interviewers are academic experts with a broad range of subject expertise and experience in admissions who are appointed by the Colleges of the University of Cambridge to interview applicants on their behalf. Many of them are current or recent Admissions Tutors and Senior Tutors with considerable experience in comparing fields of applicants across subjects. For more information on interviews see our main Interviews pages.
If you are selected for an interview outside the UK, you will be required to pay an interview fee of £120. Further information on this payment and when to pay it will be provided in the correspondence inviting you to attend an interview.
If you would like to be considered for interview overseas, both your COPA and your UCAS applications must be submitted by the appropriate date:
Please see the main Applying to Cambridge pages for full details about the application and selection process.
|April 2013 onwards||Research the courses available at Cambridge and consider your College or open application choice|
|May 2013 onwards||If, after looking at the information online, you have identified a College you would like to apply to, write informally to the Admissions Tutor of that College (names and addresses are given in College profiles), informing him/her of your plans and circumstances. It would be useful if you could give as much information as possible about the courses you are currently studying in your own country; the scores you are achieving and the course you wish to study, to enable the Tutor to assess your academic potential.|
|June-October 2013||Complete and submit your COPA together with the appropriate application fee. Open applications are processed by computer program and are allocated to Colleges, which thereafter take over the admissions process and will contact you directly. You must also submit a UCAS application by the relevant deadline.|
|9 September 2013||
Students who would like to be interviewed in India:
|20 September 2013||Students who would like to be interviewed in Australia*, Malaysia, Singapore or China:
*restrictions apply (see 'interviews' above)
|15 October 2013||Students who would like to be interviewed in Cambridge, Canada*, Hong Kong*, or Pakistan:|
|22 October 2013||Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) must have been submitted by 12pm noon (GMT)|
|September-December 2013||Applicants are interviewed. Overseas applicants may be asked to submit samples of their work/sit admissions tests. See Interviews and Additional Work or Tests for further info.|
|January 2014||Applicants are notified of decisions. The possibilities are:
|October 2014||Academic year starts|