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A prospective Cambridge student sitting at a table with two Tutors being interviewed for admission to study Geography

Most Churchill interviews are held in College, although the University also has a standard programme of interviews in a small number of overseas locations. If you live in the UK, you will likely complete the interview process in a single day. If you live outside the UK or have to make a prohibitively long journey in the UK (because you live in northern Scotland, for example), we will normally accommodate you in College on the night before your interview. The Admissions Office will contact you about such arrangements during the admissions process.

The majority of interviews at Churchill take place during the first two weeks of December though some may be a little earlier. If you choose to apply to Churchill, please endeavour to keep this period as free as possible from unbreakable commitments. Our normal expectation is that all invited applicants will attend at least one face-to-face interview, either at Churchill or, if you're eligible, overseas.

The exact format of interviews at Churchill differs from subject to subject: see our Subject pages for more details. Most candidates have two interviews of 20–30 minutes, although some subjects may use a single, longer interview. In some of our subjects, it would also be normal for you to take an informal aptitude test at interview, for which no specific preparation will be required.

Although the precise format of Cambridge interviews varies a bit from college to college, and between subjects, all are essentially the same in that they are primarily assessments of academic ability conducted by subject experts. In this sense they are based around academic problems to which we will ask you to seek solutions, assisted as appropriate by your interviewers, often via discussion.

How to prepare

Being questioned by an unfamiliar teacher or lecturer about your academic interests may help familiarise you with the feel of an academic interview. But most important is closely revising: the relevant material you have covered at school or college; the contents of your UCAS personal statement; and any submitted written work you have sent in. Extensive practice in interview 'technique' is neither expected nor, in our experience, useful.

Financial support for interview travel costs

To enable you to come to interview in Cambridge, Churchill will be pleased to provide support for your travel costs if you are in local authority care and/or currently in receipt of free school meals, and you attend a UK maintained-sector school or college. If you are eligible, we will contact you directly with further information when you're invited to interview.

More information

You can find detailed information about Cambridge interviews, including useful videos and answers to common questions, on the University’s Interviews webpages.