** The information on our web pages reflects a regular undergraduate admissions round. In the 2021-22 undergraduate admissions round some changes will be needed as a result of the Covid pandemic. If you have any questions related to the changes made please contact the Academic Office. **
About 30% of our undergraduate students, and a larger proportion of our graduate students, come to study here from outside the United Kingdom. Magdalene is a relatively small college and is renowned for its warm and friendly atmosphere.
New international students are invited to arrive in College a few days earlier than other students at the beginning of their first year so that they can meet other international freshers and have time to settle and sort out all the practicalities of moving to the UK before the main freshers events get underway.
We have put together an additional set of Frequently Asked Questions especially relevant for applicants from outside the UK. If you can't find the information you require there, please feel free to contact the Academic Office and we will do our best to help.
The University, on behalf of the colleges, runs a well established programme of interviews with the international interviews team in certain countries outside the UK. These are reserved for candidates in time zones of GMT + 7 hours or more, excluding China and Hong Kong. This includes, but is not limited to, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, the Philippines, Macau and Japan.
Interviews with the international interviews team are only available in the following high demand subjects. (Please note these are subject to change).
- Computer Science
- Engineering (including Chemical Engineering)
- Natural Sciences (Biological)
- Natural Sciences (Physical including Chemical Engineering)
- Human, Social, and Political Sciences
If you intend to apply for an interview with the international interviews team then it is important to note that applications for interviews in these locations have an earlier deadline of 20 September.
For interviews in all other locations, including Cambridge, the application deadline is 15 October.
Please see the university guidance for more information on International Applications.
Life as an International Student in Cambridge
There is a wealth of information on applying to Cambridge from overseas, as well as about life as an international student at Cambridge on the Cambridge International Student website.
Within the International Student Office, the International Student Team provides specialist support to students who come to study at Cambridge from outside the UK. The team offers a visa advice service and provides practical guidance on coming to live and study in Cambridge from an international student perspective, including induction sessions at the beginning of each term for new international students.