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How do I apply to Oxford or Cambridge?

Posted on Jul 01, 2016

The application process involves 5 steps:

1) UCAS. You still need to send in a UCAS application, but remember the UCAS deadlines for Oxbridge are earlier than for the rest of the universities. For all courses at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, your UCAS application must reach UCAS by the 15th October, 6pm UK time. This includes your personal statement. The personal statement you write here will be the SAME one that goes to your other 4 UCAS choices at the later (Jan 15th) deadline, so once again the focus of your statement should be on your subject of interest and NOT the university.

2) Additional Forms. Cambridge asks applicants to complete an online Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) or Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA) after submission of their UCAS application.

3) Exams, Tests and Written Work. You may also need to take a written test as part of your application, or perhaps submit written work. Each subject has its own application process so please research thoroughly before applying.

4) Interview. If you are shortlisted, then you will be invited for an interview. The interview is extremely rigorous and preparation begins even before you submit your application, including your previous readings or relevant work done.

5) Finally, the decision: When can I expect to hear the outcome?
If you had your interview within the first 3 weeks of December, you’ll hear back from Cambridge in early January. If you had your interview at Oxford during the first 2 weeks of December, you should hear from your colleges by the middle of January.

Be sure to check the deadlines for each of the steps mentioned above – for when you need to complete the written tests, schedule the interview, or inform the University of your decision.

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