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If you are applying to Cambridge from outside the EU, there are a few things you will need to consider when making your application

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.


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 for arts and humanities subjects in New York City.

English language requirements

During the admissions process, we will assess the English language proficiency (reading, writing, speaking, listening) of international applicants whose first language is not English. We will then decide whether any additional qualification in English is required.

If an English language requirement is set, it will be one of the University's typical requirements - see this link.

You do not need to have achieved this qualification by the time you apply - for many international applicants it is made part of their conditional offer, so must be completed by the August after they apply.

Applicants who are required to undertake national service in their home country

In certain circumstances we will consider applicants who wish to defer for two years - in the past this has usually, but not always, been applicants from Singapore who are expected to undertake national service. If you are in this situation, then you should apply via UCAS to defer for one year, but also email the St Catharine's Admissions Office to advise us of your intentions. Then, if you are successful, we would make you an offer deferred for one year in the first instance, but then move your entry year one further year into the future once this becomes possible in the UCAS system.



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