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Forms and Deadlines

Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA)

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 in

COPA submissions deadline

Malaysia, Singapore, or PR China

20th September 2017

UK (Cambridge), Canada, India or Hong Kong 

19th October 2017

  • Applicants for Organ Scholarships

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

Award Applied for

COPA submission deadline

Organ Scholarship

1st September 2017

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 2017 for application for entry in 2018 or deferred entry in 2019.
  • 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.

Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ)

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 6pm (UK Time) 22nd October 2017.
  • If you do not submit the SAQ by this deadline your application will not be considered complete and will therefore be invalid.

Extenuating Circumstances Form

The Extenuating Circumstances Form is to be completed by the referee of any applicant who has extenuating circumstances that should be considered along with their application.

Admissions Assessments

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 2nd November 2017 and you will have to register for this in advance.

  • Applicants for Medicine must register for the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) by 1st October 2017.
  • Applicants for all other subjects with a pre-interview assessment must register by 15th October 2017.

Choral Award Application Form

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.