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Lucy Cavendish College is a truly global student community and international students make up a significant proportion of our student population. We have a long history of admitting and supporting students from all over the world.

We offer a unique student experience: one that combines the historic traditions and world-leading education for which Cambridge is renowned with a modern, informal, home-from-home environment in our College. The College houses a vibrant, diverse, international community, with a mission to address scientific, social and technological global challenges.

Our world map shows the countries our current students come from.

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We welcome applications from talented international students and hope this page provides you with everything you need to know about applying to the University of Cambridge (as well as Lucy Cavendish College more specifically). However, if you do have any further questions, our friendly admissions team are always on hand and can be emailed via

Applying to Lucy Cavendish College and the University of Cambridge - a guide for international students

STEP ONE: Choose a course

Lucy Cavendish College offers all the courses available for study at the University of Cambridge.

Find out more about our subjects here

If your chosen course has a pre-interview assessment, you will need to register with a test centre by 15 October. Find out more here:  

Please note: Medicine has an earlier assessment registration deadline. All candidates applying for Medicine must be registered with their assessment test centre by the 1 October to take the BMAT (Medicine pre-interview assessment).  

STEP TWO: Decide whether to apply to a specific College or make an OPEN application

Cambridge is a ‘collegiate’ university. Which means the University is made up of a mixture of Colleges, faculties and departments. All undergraduate admissions decisions are the responsibility of the Cambridge Colleges, so when you apply to the University, you must also apply to a College or, you can choose to make an OPEN application. If you make an OPEN application, the University will allocate you a College. 

Guidance on choosing a College can be found here

Guidance on making an OPEN application can be found here

STEP THREE: Submit a UCAS application  (

Students apply to study at the University of Cambridge through UCAS 

You can find guidance on how to apply here - 

Your UCAS application must be submitted by 6pm (UK time) on the 15 October: applications submitted after this deadline will be automatically rejected. 

Please note: the University of Cambridge has in the past offered overseas interviews for a small number of countries and sometimes the UCAS deadline can be earlier (usually mid-September) for students wishing to be interviewed overseas. You can find more information here: 

STEP FOUR: Provide additional information 

Shortly after submitting your UCAS application, you will be asked to complete an additional questionnaire. 

This questionnaire is used to collect information that is not on your UCAS application but which we find useful when assessing. The University will send you links to any additional questionnaires by email.

The deadline for submitting this questionnaire is usually one week after it has been emailed to you. Failure to submit this questionnaire by the deadline will render your application invalid. Therefore, if you do not receive a link to this questionnaire following your UCAS submission, please email asap.

You may also be required to submit a number of College-specific supplementary forms and samples of your written work, however the College will get in touch with you directly about this.

BETWEEN STEP FOUR & FIVE: Sit pre-interview assessment (if applicable for your chosen course)

STEP FIVE: Interview    

A large number of applicants are invited to attend an interview. You can find out more about what to expect in regards to the interviews here: 

If your course requires you to sit an at-interview assessment, you will likely sit your assessment on the same day as your interview.  More information about at-interview assessment can be found here:

STEP SIX: Decisions

Application decisions are released in late January and there are two possible outcomes: (1) you are made an offer (this might be from the College you applied/were allocated to, or from a different College as a result of your application being ‘pooled’. You can find more information about the ‘pool’ here -

or (2) your application is unsuccessful. 

You will be informed by the College and through UCAS of your application outcome. 

Lucy Cavendish College offers all Cambridge University courses and you can find more about the subjects you can study here.

Q What qualifications does Lucy Cavendish College accept?
A: You need to be studying towards a qualification equivalent to A Levels, the International Baccalaureate (IB), or Advanced Placement (AP) courses. We may also accept the first year of an undergraduate degree at a university outside the UK. You should be achieving top marks in all subjects studied. Entrance requirements for a range of international qualifications can be found here -

Q: Do I need an English language qualification?
A: It is essential that your English language skills are good enough for you to undertake an intensive and challenging academic course that is taught and examined in English. You may be asked to achieve a specific English language qualification as part of your offer condition. You will likely not need to prove your knowledge of English if you’ve completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in a predominately English-speaking university or if you are currently attending an English speaking secondary school.  Please contact us if you would like to discuss whether you would be required to take an English language qualification.

Q: What are the fees for international students?
A: The level of tuition fees for international students varies depending on the course you are studying. You can find further information here -

Q: What is the College Fee?
A: All international/overseas fee status students will normally have to pay College fees in addition to University tuition fees. The College fee covers the cost to the College of providing a range of educational, domestic and pastoral services and support. College fees for 2021-21 are published in the following document - 

Q: Is there any additional financial help for international students?
A: The College is raising money to provide financial support for international students and we hope to have a number of awards available soon. In addition to this, international offer-holders are supported by the College to apply for University-wide funding, such as The Cambridge Trust Scholarships and a small number of country-specific scholarships. You can find out more here: 

Q: Can you apply to both the University of Cambridge and University of Oxford?
A: No, it’s not possible to apply to undergraduate courses at both Cambridge and Oxford in the same year/UCAS application.

Q: Is the application process different for international students?
A: No, international students apply in the same way as other applicants. All applicants to the University of Cambridge must complete and submit a UCAS application online by the relevant application deadline.  

Q: What is The College System? Cambridge is a ‘collegiate University’.
A: Students are members of both the University and of a College. Colleges are your home and your base whilst you are at the University.  They provide you with access to academic, social, and recreational facilities, academic and pastoral support and a student community.  You can find out more information about the College system here: 

Q: If shortlisted for interview, where will I be interviewed?
A: In pre-Covid times, most interviews took place in Cambridge in early December, but the University also conducted a number of interviews overseas. In 2020 all interviews, including overseas ones, were conducted online.  The University policy for 2021 is currently being determined.  You can find out more here:

Q: Do you accept transfers?
A: The University of Cambridge does not accept transfer students, so if you wish to study an undergraduate course here, then you would need to apply to start the course from the beginning. Similarly, we do not accept the transfer of credits obtained from another university. Some students do join us each year after having already studied for at least one year in their home country in order to meet our entry requirements, but they start their courses from the beginning.

Q: Do University of Cambridge courses have majors and minors?  
A: At the University of Cambridge we offer some joint honours courses, however these are not the same as majors and minors. Generally, at Cambridge you study a single subject, or a couple of associated subjects, in great detail: covering the subject area very broadly in the initial years and then specialising in the later years. This means that you go into much more detail in a subject than you would in a Liberal Arts style degree course.  As a result, our courses are particularly suitable for students who wish to go into an associated career, or further study, straight after their undergraduate degree.

Q: How are courses structured at the University of Cambridge?
A: Our courses are divided into 'Parts', with each Part lasting one or two years. In each Part, you take a number of 'papers' (subjects, topics) – some of these are compulsory papers that all students must take; and some are optional. You must pass exams in two Parts to graduate with an Honours degree, and all of our degrees lead to the award of a BA (Hons).

Q: Can international students work to support themselves whilst at Cambridge?
A: Due to the intensity of study at the University of Cambridge, Undergraduate students are expected not to work during term-time, but can work or pursue career opportunities, like internships, during the holiday breaks.

Meet our international students

Some of our international students have kindly shared their journeys to Cambridge and their experiences of adapting to life in the UK.



Check out this video on how to apply for undergraduate study at Cambridge University as an international applicant