University of Cambridge – UK

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The University of Cambridge is a public research university located in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world, and the third-oldest surviving university in the world.
  1. Motto: Hinc lucem et pocula sacra
  2. Color: Cambridge Blue
  3. Address: The Old Schools, Trinity Ln, Cambridge CB2 1TN, United Kingdom
  4. Enrollment: 18,187 (2012)
  5. Phone: +44 1223 337733
  6. Founded: 1209

With more than 18,000 students from all walks of life and all corners of the world, nearly 9,000 staff, 31 Colleges and 150 Departments, Faculties, Schools and other institutions, no two days are ever the same at the University of Cambridge.

At the heart of this confederation of Departments, Schools, Faculties and Colleges is a central administration team. It is small because the Colleges are self-governing and teaching staff carry out much of the daily administration at Cambridge.


The mission of the University of Cambridge is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence.

Core values

The University’s core values are as follows:

  • freedom of thought and expression
  • freedom from discrimination


  • the encouragement of a questioning spirit
  • an extensive range of academic subjects in all major subject groups
  • quality and depth of provision across all subjects
  • the close inter-relationship between teaching, scholarship, and research
  • strong support for individual researchers as well as research groups
  • residence in Cambridge as central to most courses
  • education which enhances the ability of students to learn throughout life

The University’s relationship with society

  • the widest possible student access to the University
  • the contribution which the University can make to society through the pursuit, dissemination, and application of knowledge
  • the place of the University within the broader academic and local community
  • opportunities for innovative partnerships with business, charitable foundations, and healthcare
  • concern for sustainability and the relationship with the environment

The Collegiate University

  • the relationship between the University and the Colleges as fundamental to the nature of Cambridge
  • the interdisciplinary nature of the Colleges as a major stimulus to teaching and learning
  • the enhanced quality of experience for students and staff through College membership

University staff

  • recognition and reward of the University’s staff as its greatest asset
  • the encouragement of career development for all staff

Other activities

  • the opportunities for broadening the experience of students and staff through participation in sport, music, drama, the visual arts, and other cultural activities

How to Apply

The application process is broken down into 3 stages

If you are currently, or have previously been, a graduate student at Cambridge, please also see ‘Continuation and Readmission’.

Stage 1: Preparation

You should thoroughly research your prospective course, its requirements, deadlines and course costs in ‘Step 2 – Studying at Cambridge’ before you think about completing and submitting the online application form

Having fully researched the course you are interested in, make sure you now have the relevant information you need to apply:

  1. Course codes.
  2. Application deadline dates, and funding deadline dates.
  3. The relevant required supporting documents (e.g. transcripts, CV, etc.) in pdf format to upload. See each individual course entry in the Qualifications Directory for information on documents required. These must be provided within 2 weeks of submitting your online application form.
  4. Email addresses for your academic referees (please see ‘Supporting Documentation: References’ for details on what to do if you do not have this information).
  5. You may choose up to two colleges to consider your application. Further information on how to select a college preference can be found in the link below.

Stage 2: Complete and Submit the online application form (GRADSAF)

When you have completed the necessary preparation in stage 1 and you are ready to begin your application your online application, you should take note of the following important information before you create your application

      1. If your online application is not updated or submitted within a 14 day period, you will be given 7 days to submit your application before it is deleted.
      2. There is an application charge of (GBP Sterling) £50 per application. This charge is not refundable. You can make the payment by providing your credit card details to our secure server when you submit the online application.

The University of Cambridge accepts the credit cards below as payment.


  1. Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentation which can be uploaded via your self service account after you submit the online application form (see )
  2. You will need to submit a seperate application, with separate supporting documents, for each course you wish you to apply for.

Having read the above, please click the link below to begin your application:

NB You cannot use this online applicaton form to apply for the following courses: MSt’s, MBA, EMBA, MFin, PGCE, CGCM, and Higher Degrees. Please see the Glossary of Awards for further information on how to apply for these courses.

International students

Cambridge is a great place to be a student and has a truly diverse community. Just over 10% of our undergraduates (around 1200 students) are from overseas, representing more than 120 countries. Wherever you’re from, you’ll quickly start to make friends and feel at home, and with everything that’s on offer, you’ll soon wonder how you’re going to fit it all in!

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 and COPA applications, you should indicate the Cambridge College to which you wish to apply. It is essential that your choice of Cambridge College on your UCAS 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 and COPA applications. 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.

Application process

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.


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.

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
  • 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:

Application Deadlines
9 September 2013Students who would like to be interviewed in India
20 September 2013
  • Students who would like to be interviewed in China, Malaysia or Singapore
  • Students who are resident or currently at school in Australia, New Zealand, or a Pacific Island who would like to be interviewed in Australia
15 October 2013
  • Students who would like to be interviewed in Cambridge or Pakistan
  • Students who are resident or at school/university in Canada or who are Canadian nationals resident elsewhere who would like to be interviewed in Canada
  • Students who are domiciled, permanently resident or at school/university in the SAR of Hong Kong who would like to be interviewed in Hong Kong


Application timetable

Please see the main Applying to Cambridge pages for full details about the application and selection process.

DateApplication process
April 2013 onwardsResearch the courses available at Cambridge and consider your College or open application choice
May 2013 onwardsIf, 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 2013Complete 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 2013Students who would like to be interviewed in India:

  • COPA must have been submitted
  • UCAS application must then be submitted as soon as possible in early September
20 September 2013Students who would like to be interviewed in Australia*, Malaysia, Singapore or China:

*restrictions apply (see ‘interviews’ above)

15 October 2013Students who would like to be interviewed in Cambridge, Canada*, Hong Kong*, or Pakistan:

*restrictions apply (see ‘interviews’ above)

22 October 2013Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) must have been submitted by 12pm noon (GMT)
September-December 2013Applicants 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 2014Applicants are notified of decisions. The possibilities are:

  • application unsuccessful
  • the offer of a conditional place, subject to obtaining specified examination grades
  • the offer of an unconditional place
October 2014Academic year starts