University of Cambrige

The University of Cambridge (informally known as “Cambridge University” or simply “Cambridge” is a collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England. Originally founded in 1209, it is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world,and the world’s third-oldest surviving university.

Cambridge is formed from a variety of institutions that include 31 constituent colleges and comprehensive academic departments which are organised into six Schools. Student life is centered around the colleges and numerous artistic activities, sports clubs and societies. Cambridge has nurtured many notable alumni, and 90 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with the university.

Cambridge is also a member of various academic associations and forms part of the “golden triangle” of English universities. It is regularly placed among the world’s best universities in different league tables.

Enrollment Procedure
Undergraduate applications to Cambridge must be made through UCAS in time for the early deadline, currently mid-October in the year before starting. Until the 1980s candidates for all subjects were required to sit special entrance examinations, since replaced by additional tests for some subjects, such as the Thinking Skills Assessment and the Cambridge Law Test.

Most applicants who are called for interview will have been predicted at least three A-grade A-level qualifications relevant to their chosen undergraduate course, or the equivalent in other qualifications, such as getting at least 7,7,6 for higher-level subjects at IB. The A* A-level grade (introduced in 2010) now plays a part in the acceptance of applications, with the university’s standard offer for all courses being set at A*AA. The interview is performed by College Fellows, who evaluate candidates on unexamined factors such as potential for original thinking and creativity.

For exceptional candidates, a Matriculation Offer is sometimes offered, requiring only two A-levels at grade E or above. In 2006, 5,228 students who were rejected went on to get 3 A levels or more at grade A, representing about 63% of all applicants rejected.

Strong applicants who are not successful at their chosen college may be placed in the Winter Pool, where they can be offered places by other colleges. This is in order to maintain consistency throughout the colleges, some of which receive more applicants than others. Graduate admission is first decided by the faculty or department relating to the applicant’s subject. This effectively guarantees admission to a college—though not necessarily the applicant’s preferred choice.

Scholarships for Students
In 2000, Bill Gates of Microsoft donated US$210 million through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to endow the Gates Scholarships for students from outside the UK seeking postgraduate study at Cambridge. In 2005 the Cambridge 800th Anniversary Campaign was launched, aimed at raising £1 billion by 2012—the first US-style university fund-raising campaign in Europe. This aim was reached in the financial year 2009–2010, raising £1.037 billion.

Courses Offered
Arts
Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic
Architecture
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Classics
Economics
Education
English
Geography
History
History of Art
Human, Social and Political Sciences
Archaeology
Biological Anthropology
Politics and International Relations
Social Anthropology
Sociology
Land Economy
Law
Linguistics
Management Studies
Modern and Medieval Languages
French
German
Italian
Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Music
Philosophy
Theology and Religious Studies
Sciences
Chemical Engineering
Computer Science
Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Mathematics
Medicine
Medicine (A100) course
Graduate Medicine (A101) course
Natural Sciences
Astrophysics
Biochemistry
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Chemistry
Genetics
Geological Sciences
History and Philosophy of Science
Materials Science
Neuroscience
Pathology
Pharmacology
Physical Sciences
Physics

Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
Plant Sciences
Psychology
Systems Biology
Zoology
Psychological and Behavioural Sciences
Veterinary Medicine

The application process
Stage 1: PREPARATION
Stage 2: Complete and submit the online application form (GRADSAF)
Stage 3: Upload the required supporting documentation

Stage 1: Preparation
You should thoroughly research your prospective course, its requirements, deadlines and course costs in ‘Step 2 – Studying at Cambridge’ before you think about completing and submitting the online application form.

Step 2 – Studying at Cambridge
Having fully researched the course you are interested in, make sure you now have the relevant information you need to apply:

Course codes.
Application deadline dates, and funding deadline dates.
The relevant required supporting documents (e.g. transcripts, CV, etc.) in pdf format to upload. See each individual course entry in the Qualifications Directory for information on documents required. These must be provided within 2 weeks of submitting your online application form.
Email addresses for your academic referees (please see ‘Supporting Documentation: References’ for details on what to do if you do not have this information).
Following link has all the step by step guideline and application form:

https://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gradadmissions/prospec/apply/

Stage 2: Complete and Submit the online application form (GRADSAF)
When you have completed the necessary preparation in stage 1 and you are ready to begin your application your online application, you should take note of the following important information before you create your application
If your online application is not updated or submitted within a 14 day period, you will be given 7 days to submit your application before it is deleted.
There is an application charge of (GBP Sterling) £50 per application. This charge is not refundable. You can make the payment by providing your card details to our secure server when you submit the online application. The University of Cambridge accepts the following cards as payment:
Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentation which can be uploaded via your self service account after you submit the online application form
You will need to submit a separate application, with separate supporting documents, for each course you wish you to apply for.

Stage 3: Upload the required supporting documentation
Within 24-48 hours of submitting your online application form and payment, you will be sent an email giving you access to your Self-Service account. Your Self-Service account will remind you of all the supporting documentation you need to provide, and you will be able to upload electronic copies via your account.

Your Self-Service Account
Please read ‘Supporting Documentation’ for all further details on supporting documentation, including references.

Supporting Documentation.
Your application is not considered as complete without the required supporting documentation (including the references). These must be provided within 2 weeks of submitting your online application form.