skip to content

Graduate Admissions


For information on applying as an international (non-UK) student, please see our International pages.

Q. How will Brexit affect my intended studies?

There will be no change to the tuition fee status of current EU students and fees will continue to be at the applicable Home fee rate for the duration of your course.

EU students applying to start at the University in 2019 will remain eligible for the Home fee rate for the duration of your course. In addition, there is no change to the eligibility requirements for financial support from Student Finance England for those starting courses in 2019/20. Read the full announcement here.

Universities Minister for England, Chris Skidmore, announced on 28th May that EU students who begin degrees in England in the academic year 2020/21 will continue to be eligible for the same fees as ‘home’ students. EU students starting in this year will also remain eligible for loans to cover their tuition fee throughout their entire degree. A similar announcement has already been made for EU students studying in Scotland.

The fee status of EU nationals for 2021 entry onwards has yet to be determined by the UK government. For more information, please go to

Q. Will I be required to pass a language test?

Whether or not you have to take a language test set will depend on a number of conditions. Please see our Competence in English pages for more information.

Q. Why am I being asked to submit a language test when my first language is English or I have studied in the UK?

The Applicant Portal will automatically request an English language test from you based on your nationality.

If you have previously studied in the UK for a minimum of three years, and your course was completed within two years of the proposed course start date at Cambridge, you would not normally need to provide a language test.

If this does not apply to you, you will normally be asked to provide a language test.

If you believe you do not need to provide a language test, please select "Other" in the Applicant Portal and state your reasons why.

If you are made an offer, we will decide whether or not a test is required. If the test is required, it will be a condition of your offer to provide it.

Q. When do I need to take my language test?

You do not need to take the test before you apply.

If you are made a conditional offer and have not already met our language requirements, one of the conditions of your offer will be that you pass a test at the required level.

Please note that test results only remain valid for two years.

Q. I need to book an English language test, but the test centre in my country is closed – what do I do?

If you have received an offer of admission to the University, you may have been set a condition to achieve the required English language score by the relevant offer conditions deadline.

If you have received an offer of admission to the University, you may have been set a condition to achieve the required English language score by the relevant offer conditions deadline.

If your course starts in Michaelmas Term 2020 (October), the deadline to provide English language test results is 21 August. We are aware some test centres are currently closed in some countries, however there is still time to provide the documents by this date. If you are eligible for an assessment by the University of Cambridge Language Centre, we will notify you via the Self-service portal, so please continue to check your account regularly for updates.

For information on which English language online tests we are able to accept as evidence of English proficiency, please visit our dedicated webpage

We also recommend you check the following websites regularly for updates on language test centres.

Click here for IELTS updates

Click here for TOEFL updates

Q. Can I arrange for my IELTS certificate to be posted to you?

No, please do not arrange for IELTS certificates to be posted to us. Upload a copy using your Applicant Portal. We are able to verify the authenticity of your results online.

If you do not have the official certificate, we will also accept an uploaded screen print of your score report, as long as it shows your IELTS registration number.

Q. I narrowly missed the language requirement. What do I do?

Please submit your language certificate so that it may be assessed and a decision taken by the academic department that runs your course and the Board of Graduate Studies.

Q. Does my non-UK qualification meet your academic requirements?

Please use the equivalence guidelines lookup tool at the end of the International Qualifications page.

Q. When will I receive my CAS/ATAS statement?

We can only issue your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) once you have met all of the conditions of your offer and your admission is shown as confirmed on your Self-Service account. See the CAS page for more details.

We cannot provide information on the status of your Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) application. If you have any queries regarding this, please contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office directly.

If an ATAS is required for your course, you must upload the certificate once you have received it from the FCO, to your Self-Service account.