Forms & Deadlines

The Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA) form is only completed by the following categories of applicants:

Applicants who are living outside of the EU or attending school/college outside of the EU at the time of application.

The deadline for submission varies by country you will be interviewed in, if invited. Please see the table below and the University website for full details.

Country to be interviewed inCOPA Submissions Deadline
Malaysia or Singapore20th September 2020, 6.00pm (UK time)
UK (Cambridge), Canada, PR China, India, Hong Kong or the USA (Remote Interview Scheme)19th October 2020, 6.00pm (UK time)

Applicants for Organ Scholarships (No vacancies for 2021 or 2022 entry)

If you are completing the COPA for an Organ Scholarship the following date applies:

Award Applied forCOPA Submissions Deadline
Organ Scholarship1st September 2020, 6.00pm (UK time)

This is a compulsory part of your application and your application will be invalid if you do not submit a COPA by the required date.

Applicants who have completed a Cambridge Online Preliminary Application will only be required to complete certain sections of the Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ).

The UCAS Form is to be completed by all applicants

You are required to complete this form to apply to any university in the UK.

If you are from the UK or EU you must submit the form by 15th October 2020, 6.00pm (UK time) for application for entry in 2021 or deferred entry in 2022.

For students from other countries the deadline for submission of your UCAS form will vary depending on which country you wish to be interviewed in, if invited. Check the relevant pages on the University website.

The Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) is to be completed by all applicants

This is a Cambridge-specific form which allows us to collect full and consistent information on our applicants, allowing our decisions to be as fair as possible.

Once your UCAS form has been submitted you will receive an email providing you with a link to the SAQ and a password. Applicants will then need to complete the form online and submit it by 6.00pm (UK time) 22nd October 2020. Applicants applying to be interviewed in Singapore or Malaysia must complete the SAQ by 6.00pm (UK time) 26th September 2020.

If you do not submit the SAQ by this deadline your application will not be considered complete and will therefore be invalid.

The Extenuating Circumstances Form is to be completed by the referee (or doctor or social worker) of any applicant who has extenuating circumstances that should be considered along with their application. This should be submitted by 22nd October.

Most applicants are required to take a written assessment, either pre-interview or at interview (if interviewed). More information about these assessments can be found on the relevant subject pages or on the Undergraduate Study website.

If your course requires a pre-interview assessment it will take place on 4 November 2020 and you will have to register for this in advance.

Applicants for Medicine must register for the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) by the appropriate deadline.

Applicants for all other subjects with a pre-interview assessment must register by 15th October 2020.

The application process for Choral Awards takes place after the academic assessment of candidates has been completed. Therefore only candidates who hold an offer of a place at the College will be eligible to apply for a Choral Award. Once applicants have received an offer of a place in January they are asked if they wish to apply for a Choral Award, and will need to complete a Choral Award Application Form by the given deadline. Further details can be found on the University website.

Contact Information

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