Applying to Cambridge

Applying to Cambridge can seem like a daunting process but we will do our best to guide you through it! For more detailed information, see the Cambridge Admissions Website (

Still not sure if Cambridge is for you?  If you are unsure if Cambridge is for you, or if you have any questions revolving around student life in Cambridge, the application process, or questions regarding where you will be able to buy your Kanelbulle, Sill or Knäckebröd, please feel free to contact us!

What are the requirements? Because Cambridge is a world class institution, high grades from your previous institution are required. However, keep in mind that different courses and colleges have varying requirements, with some demanding more than others. Particularly relevant to students not coming from within the UK is the additional language requirements. If English is not your first language, 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. Therefore, unless you have qualifications from the International Baccalaureate with a bilingual certificate, you will asked to achieve one of the formal qualifications listed below as part of the conditions of your offer:

  • IELTS – normally a minimum overall grade of 7.5, usually with 7.0 or above in each element
  • EU students – a high grade in English taken as part of a leaving examination (eg the European/French Baccalaureate, Abitur etc) may be acceptable
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English – grade A or B

How do I apply?  For undergraduate study, the application process goes through The Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS). For more detailed information, see For postgraduate study, contact the relevant department for more information. Crucial to remember is that the application process starts (and finishes!) significantly earlier than in many Nordic countries so you need to apply early If you are applying for an undergraduate course, you will be required to write a personal statement as a part of the application process. Through this statement, you need to convince the university that you are the best candidate for your chosen programme, and that they would make the right choice by choosing you. Thus, focus on your positive character traits and any experience you may have had that you consider relevant for your chosen programme. If you are applying to a postgraduate course, the process is somewhat different. You may be required to write a personal statement, or, alternative (or in addition) a research proposal or a statement of purpose. Contact the relevant department for specific information

How do I make sense of my offer? Once you hear back from Cambridge, there are many different types of offers you can get. These are:

Conditional offer: You have been accepted IF you fulfill certain conditions. These will be specified in your offer but commonly, the offer is conditioned to grades, submission of additional information, or proof of funding

Unconditional offer: You have been accepted

Withdrawn application: Either you or the university withdrew the application

Unsuccessful application: Your application has been unsuccessful. This can be due to many reasons so contact the university if you were not given an explanation

Project Access: 

Some of Oxbridge ScanSoc Alumnae have been part of a new project aiming to connect students wishing to apply with a mentor student at Cambridge and Oxford! It is definitely a good idea to join for more personal advice within your subject area. (

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