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How to apply

Applying to study at Cambridge and Caius is very straightforward and very similar to applying to other UK universities. Everything we do is focused on our core aim: to offer admission to students of the greatest intellectual potential, irrespective of social, ethnic, religious, gender and financial considerations.

We’re interested in your academic results, your commitment to your subject and your aptitude for high-level study. The application process for the University of Cambridge is explained in detail on the University's undergraduate admissions website, but here we've outlined the key facts you need to know.

You can also find more helpful advice and application tips from our students on the Gonville & Caius Student Union website

All applicants

All applications to the University of Cambridge are made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Your UCAS application must be submitted by 15 October for entry the following autumn (or deferred entry two years ahead). When you apply to Cambridge through UCAS you will be invited to specify your choice of College by entering the appropriate 'campus code'. The campus code for Gonville & Caius College is 'Y'.

Shortly after submitting your UCAS application you will be asked via email to complete an online Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ). In order to make a valid application to the University of Cambridge you must submit your SAQ by the deadline set. In the majority of cases this deadline will be 18.00 (UK time) on 22 October. The University has produced a comprehensive guide to completing the SAQ. It's very straightforward and shouldn't take long for most candidates - we're mainly interested in getting more details about your qualifications so far.

Applicants from outside the European Union

If you're currently living outside the EU, in addition to your online UCAS application, you need to submit a Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA). If your family home is outside the EU but you'll be attending school/college within the EU at the time of your application, you don't need to submit a COPA.

For most students, the deadline for submitting the COPA is 19 October. However, if you'd like to be interviewed in one of the countries where we conduct overseas interviews, earlier deadlines may apply. For more details about the COPA and overseas interviews, please see the International Students section of the University website.

We're sure you'll find applying to Cambridge and Caius a very simple process. If you're uncertain about any aspect of your application please contact the Caius admissions office.

Email: admissions@cai.cam.ac.uk
Phone: (01223) 332413

You can find out how the University protects data of those making enquiries about applications here, and how it protects data of those making formal applications to the University here.