Overseas Interviews

We interview most but not all students who apply to Cambridge. If you would prefer to have an overseas interview rather than travelling to the UK, we are happy for you to select one of our (limited) overseas interview locations. If King's selects you for interview, you will then be seen locally by a team of academics from Cambridge University on behalf of King's College.

Arrangements for overseas interviews in 2021 are currently under review due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Details will be published below in the summer. Please check this page regularly for updates.

Interview Locations

The list of countries where we will be conduct overseas interviews is published by April each year. If you are interested in applying for an overseas interview, it is essential that you check the following information on the Cambridge Admissions website via the link below.

Most recently, the University has conducted overseas interviews in Canada (Toronto), China (Shanghai), Hong Kong, India (Mumbai), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Singapore, and USA (New York). Please check the eligibility criteria for your chosen location as there may be limitations on whether you can apply for an overseas interview there.

Should I Apply for an Overseas Interview?

We encourage applicants who are able to tick the box expressing a willingness to travel to Cambridge for an interview if this is a possibility. Ticking this box will not decrease your chances of getting an overseas interview but it may allow us to interview you if an overseas interview is not possible.

Whether you can be interviewed overseas may well depend on your choice of subject, and we recommend that you take a look at the University website for the latest information about overseas interviews. Applicants for Architecture, for instance, usually have to bring a substantial portfolio of artwork with them to be discussed at interview. In previous years very few overseas applicants for Architecture have been successful in gaining places: serious applicants for this subject are advised, if at all possible, to be prepared to travel to Cambridge for interview. The University also advises all applicants for Classics, History of Art and Music to apply for interviews in Cambridge if possible.

We also expect overseas interview candidates to have a reasonable standard in spoken English at the time of the interview. As a guide, an overall IELTS score of 6.0 for sciences subjects or 6.5 for arts and social sciences would be regarded as a reasonable score at the point of application. By the following August, we usually require international students who are not native speakers of English to sit the IELTS examination and to meet our English Language requirements.

How To Apply

Please note that if you are applying for an overseas interview the deadline for submitting your UCAS application and transcripts may be earlier than for other candidates. The deadline for students wishing to be interviewed in Malaysia or Singapore is 20 September.

If your subject requires you to take a pre-interview assessment, we recommend that you register for this at the same time as submitting your UCAS application.

  • NB. As the interviews in some locations are much earlier than interviews in the UK, for some overseas interview locations, 'pre-interview' assessments may take place after your interview! Please don't be confused or concerned if this is the case - your admissions assessment will still be considered by your Cambridge College along with your overseas interview report.

Applicants for some subjects will be required to take an at-interview assessment, usually in the same week as their interview. You do not need to register for these assessments as they will be organised centrally.

For those students who are selected for interview at one of our overseas locations, there is an overseas interview fee. When you are invited for your interview, we will provide further information about how and when to pay this.

If you miss the deadline for an interview location, you will not be able to be considered for an interview in that location.

It's completely normal to be nervous about coming to interview, but here's some practical advice about how to prepare for the process.
Applying as an overseas student? Find out more about the application process and why studying at King's might be for you!
Find out about how to register for your written assessment and see specimen papers from previous years.
Applying for entry in 2022, or for deferred entry in 2023? Check the dates and deadlines for your application here.  

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