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Visiting Students take undergraduate papers from the first or second year of a Cambridge undergraduate degree.

“My year at Lucy was truly life changing. I met an amazing group of accomplished friends and benefitted from the laid-back yet academically stimulating atmosphere of the college. The college facilities are second to none with many other university wide facilities right at your doorstep. It’s the best of both worlds.”

Visiting Students usually study in Cambridge for three terms, from October until June.  However, our Admissions panel are willing to consider applications for two terms if the requirements of a student’s home university means that they must return sooner.

Who can apply to be a Visiting Student?

Ideally applicants should take at least two years of undergraduate study at their home institution prior to arrival in Cambridge.  For entry from 2021-22 Lucy Cavendish will consider applications from those aged 18 years or above regardless of gender.

How do I apply to be a Visiting Student?

Prospective undergraduate Visiting Students should complete the specific Lucy Cavendish application form. The deadline for application is March 1 for entry the following October, and it is our usual practice to interview shortlisted applicants by Skype in March, with decisions made by the end of March. We recommend, therefore, that applicants do not submit their application before 1 January in order to provide us with the most up to date references and transcripts.

Erasmus applicants should check whether their home university has an agreement with the University of Cambridge in the subject they wish to study and, if so, apply through their home university.

How many Visiting Students are there at Lucy Cavendish?

We admit up to twenty Visiting Students annually, including those students participating in Study Abroad and Junior Year Abroad programmes, Studienstiftung, DAAD and Erasmus students.

Do Visiting Students have the same 'Cambridge' experience as other undergraduates?

Visiting Students experience Cambridge in the same way as our undergraduate students, and live in College accommodation with other students.  They receive a Certificate of Study from the College and certified copies of supervision reports at the end of their course. Visiting students do not normally take exams.

Will I really be part of the College community?

Yes! We consider Visiting Students to be full members of the College, and they have exactly the same rights and privileges as all other students. Our Visiting Students live, socialise and study side-by-side with ‘regular’ undergraduates and postgraduates, from the start of their induction programme in October, through to the end-of-year Garden Party in June. And when they leave, they are as much a part of our Alumnae network as any other College member.

Where will I live?

Visiting Students usually live in College accommodation and are offered the same choice of rooms as incoming undergraduates and postgraduates

What does it cost to be a Visiting Student?

Currently, Erasmus Students do not pay tuition fees to the University, and are not personally liable for the College Fee. Fees for other Visiting Students are the same as those for non-visiting students, and vary according to subject and residency status.  All Visiting Students, other than Erasmus Students, pay College Fees themselves.

What subjects can I study?

Erasmus Students are limited to the subjects covered by their home institution’s agreement with the University of Cambridge. Other Visiting Undergraduate Students may apply to study any subject except Architecture, Medicine or Veterinary Medicine. We will also consider all Visiting Postgraduate Students accepted by a Department or Faculty.

What papers can I take?

Cambridge uses the word ‘Tripos’ to distinguish between different undergraduate subject areas.  A student of History will be reading for the Historical Tripos, whilst a student of Mathematics will be reading for the Mathematical Tripos.  Each Tripos is divided into two parts - Part I, which is broad-based, and Part II, which allows specialization within the student's chosen field - though the balance varies from subject to subject. We usually admit Visiting Students to study the second year of the relevant Tripos, often called Part IB or Part IIA. Details of second-year papers can be found by following the Department and Faculty links given on our Subject pages. Timetabling constraints mean that it is not ordinarily possible to mix and match papers from different Parts of Tripos in the Sciences. There may be more flexibility in the Arts.

Can I attend lectures in other subjects?

We will formally register you only for one subject, and you will generally receive supervisions in a single Part of Tripos (see above). However, you are free to attend lectures in any other subject, if your timetable permits.

Do you interview prospective Visiting Students?

We routinely interview applicants wishing to study Economics. We will also interview some applicants in other subjects in order to determine the best ‘fit’ between their interests and our undergraduate courses. All interviews are conducted by Skype, and none lasts more than half an hour. A few applicants may be asked to submit examples of written work.

What academic standard do you expect?

An indication of the academic standard expected for entrance to Cambridge as an undergraduate can be found on the University's International Requirements page. We will show some flexibility towards applicants holding school-leaving qualifications at a lower standard, if they have an excellent track record on their current degree programme. We do not consider US-based applicants with a cumulative GPA below 3.7.

Are there English Language requirements?

Visiting Students applying from outside of the EU who are not native speakers of English are asked to offer one of the qualifications listed on the University of Cambridge website at application.  EU students who are made an offer of Visiting Student status may be asked to provide evidence of English language as part of their conditions of offer.  The University Language Centre offers an online English assessment which is compulsory for prospective Erasmus applicants who do not already hold one of the qualifications listed on the link above.

What about support with English, after I arrive?

The University Language Centre offers a range of programmes for which an additional charge is made. Students can also arrange to work on written English with the College’s Royal Literary Fund Fellow.

Do you offer ECTS credits?

The University of Cambridge does not currently operate the ECTS credit system. All Visiting Students do, however, receive a transcript at the end of their stay showing the courses they have studied and the ECTS equivalent. As an approximation, one term studying full time at Cambridge is equivalent to 20 ECTS credits.

Our Admissions Office ( would be pleased to answer any questions.