Clare College Cambridge

Overseas Applicants

We welcome applications from overseas students.

Information for International Students


Overseas students should apply using the Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA). The deadline for the COPA depends on your circumstances, and you should check the date which applies to you here. In addition to completing a COPA, you must also also apply separately to UCAS by October 15th


Competition for undergraduate places in Cambridge is extremely severe. Many overseas students applying will be taking final school examinations among those listed on this website (see Offers), and we would expect them to gain grades broadly at the standard indicated here.

We also welcome candidates applying with other school qualifications, and guidance about possible offer levels for many countries is available from the university.

Applicants must have a very high level of fluency in English - in the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) examination we usually ask for a minimum overall grade of 7.5 with a 7 in each element, and other qualifications can be acceptable. Further details on where you can sit the examination can be found on the IELTS website. Candidates applying in particular subjects may be asked to send in written work, and we ask that this should be in English: see details under Courses.


We like to be able to interview all applicants, particularly where they are from school systems unfamiliar to us. Some candidates are interviewed overseas. If you would like to be considered for an overseas interview, you should consult the university webpage. Please be particularly careful about the deadline for these applications. If you would like to apply to Clare, and your academic record meets the standards set out above, but you find it impossible to attend for interview, please get in touch with our Admissions Office.


If overseas students are made an offer or unconditional offer of a place it will also be subject to financial conditions. If you are liable for University and College fees at the overseas rate, then it is a part of the conditions of an offer that firm evidence is provided that you are able to meet the necessary costs. More information is available from the university webpage.