St Catharine's is a welcoming and supportive environment for students from outside the UK. If you are applying to Cambridge from the European Union or beyond, there are a few additional things you will need to consider when making your application. Please feel free to get in touch directly with the Admissions Office if you have any unanswered questions.
A unique educational opportunity
St Catharine's welcomes applications from candidates from outside the UK. We do not have maximum or minimum limits on the numbers of such applicants we can admit, so you would be assessed solely on you academic potential alongside all other applicants. (The only exception to this is Medicine - for which the University has an overall maximum non-EU quota. Please see the our Medicine subject page for details,)
We are used to assessing applicants who have taken, or are soon to take, exams in a wide range of examination systems. In general, should we decide to make you a conditional offer, we would usually set this with reference to the University's typical offer levels listed here. If you are unclear about what qualifications we accept, you should contact the College Admissions Office for advice.
You should also be aware that if you are situated outside the EU when you make your application, you will have to fill out an additional form – the ‘COPA’. Overseas students who are made an offer of a place will need to produce evidence of their ability to pay the fees for the course, before their place can be confirmed.
In addition, you should read the University's website for guidance on how to apply.
English language skills
If you are a student for whom English is not your first language, and if you do not have a pass (at C grade or above) in GCSE English or any equivalent exam, then any offer of an academic place may include an additional requirement that you pass an English Proficiency exam. The decision whether to ask for such a qualification would be made following your interview, should you be invited to one.
For examples of the assessments we would accept, see this page. In general our requirements would be similar to the University's typical requirements.
Please bear in mind that whatever assessment system you enter, you should meet all the requirements set at a single sitting of the exam, and your qualification must be valid at the time you intend to start your course - for IELTS this is usually within two years of taking the test.
Interviews by Skype or other forms of videoconferencing
In general, St Catharine's does not currently favour the use of Skype or other forms of videoconferencing for admissions interviews, and you should bear this in mind when you apply. We strongly prefer to interview candidates in person, either in Cambridge, or at one of the University's rounds of interviews at centres outside the EU. If you would prefer a Skype interview, check the websites of other Cambridge colleges, as they may have different policies in this regard.
The only exception to this is that we are currently participating in the University's trial of videoconference interviews in New York City.