It’s the season of applications for admissions and scholarships into universities. If you want to apply to the University of Cambridge in UK, the process is much the same as that for other universities. However, at Cambridge, the process starts earlier to allow time for all of the application information to be gathered and considered and for you to sit your written assessments (where required).

Cambridge is one of the top elite schools in UK.


This section guides you through the process.

  1. Course: You’re going to be studying to a very high level for several years so make sure you choose a course you’re personally interested in and will really enjoy studying!
  2. College: Where would you like to live when you’re here? In your UCAS application, indicate if you have a preference College or if you’re making an open application.
  3. Apply: UCAS application. Submit your UCAS application. The institution code is CAM C05.
  • Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ): Shortly after submitting the UCAS application, you will be requested (via email) to complete the Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ)– a few extra questions requesting information not included in your UCAS application which they find helpful. To make a valid application to the University of Cambridge, you must submit your SAQ by the deadline set.
  • Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA): If living/attending school/college outside the EU and/or applying for an Organ Scholarship, applicants need to submit the Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA).
  • There is an additional application form if you’re applying for the Graduate Course in Medicine.
  • Transcripts: You may be required to submit an academic transcript. Other application deadlines apply for those wishing to be interviewed in overseas countries, and for some mature applicants.
  1. Written assessment: Most applicants are required to take a written assessment, either pre-interview or at interview (if interviewed).
  2. Interview: Everyone with a realistic chance of being offered a place is invited to attend an interview. That’s around 80 percent of applicants each year.
  3. Decision: They’ll advise you of their decision before the end of January.

For graduate study, you’ll need to do the following:

  1. Preparation: You should thoroughly research your prospective course, its requirements, deadlines and course costs in the course directory before you think about completing and submitting the online application form.
  • Make sure you are clear on the separate Application and funding deadlines
  • Check that you have the relevant required supporting documents (e.g. transcripts, CV, etc.) in pdf format ready to upload.
  • For your academic referees, you should ensure you have their consent before you apply and have the correct email address for each (preferably an institutional email address). Applicants can request references before the submission of their application and should do so as early as possible.
  • You should have a choice of up to two Colleges to consider your application.

Apply using the Applicant Portal: When you have completed the necessary preparation, and you are ready to begin your online application, you should take note of the following important information:

  1. Go to the course directory and find the course you wish to apply for, then click the “Apply Now” button in the How to Apply
  2. All applications must be completed in English.
  3. You can request your references in the Applicant Portal, and see when these have been submitted.
  4. You can also apply for funding via the Applicant Portal
  5. There is an application charge of (GBP Sterling)£50 per application. You can make the payment by providing your credit card details to our secure server when you submit the online application. If you are having difficulty with the payment system, please contact the Graduate Admission Office. If you require further information about the application fee, please go to the Application Fee
  6. You will need to submit a separate application, with separate supporting documents, for each course you wish to apply for.

Upload Supporting Documentation: 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. You will have 7 days from submission of your application to upload all mandatory documents. Please check your course’s entry to see what supporting documents you will be required to submit. These will also be listed on your self-service account once you have submitted your application. For more information on what the specific requirements of each document are, and how to submit them, please see the section on Supporting Documentation.

Click here to access the UCAS application system

Click here for more details for undergraduate applications

Click here to start your graduate application