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Applying to the University of Cambridge:

Resources for Refugees, Asylum-Seekers and other Forced Migrants

 

Are you interested in studying at the University of Cambridge? This page signposts to information sources within the University and beyond that may be helpful to prospective applicants.

 

 

Cambridge Foundation Year 


The Cambridge Foundation Year offers a free pathway to Cambridge degrees in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for applicants who have experienced educational disruption or disadvantage and hence are unable to meet Cambridge's usual academic entry requirements. Refugees and asylum seekers are one of the groups of students eligible for the programme. Find out more about the Cambridge Foundation Year here and specific guidance for refugees, asylum seekers and forced migrants here.

 

Cambridge Undergraduate Study


Home to over 23,000 students from more than 140 countries, we offer undergraduate degree courses in the arts and humanities, social sciences, sciences and engineering. At the University of Cambridge, we welcome applications from all backgrounds. Refugees, asylum seekers or anyone from a forced migration background may have specific concerns when considering or starting university, and it’s important to us that they feel supported during this time. Find out more about Cambridge undergraduate studies here and specific guidance for refugees, asylum seekers and forced migrants here

 

Cambridge Postgraduate Study


The University of Cambridge offers over 300 postgraduate courses. Find out more about Cambridge postgraduate studies here and specific guidance for refugees, asylum seekers and forced migrants here (to follow). 

 

 

Cambridge Refugee Scholarships


The Rowan Williams Cambridge Studentships are full-cost scholarships for undergraduate or graduate applicants to the University of Cambridge who face severe barriers in accessing higher education. For more information, visit the Trust website and Cambridge Refugee Scholarship Campaign site as well as their studentship guide. See also letters from students. There are multiple scholarships available every year.

The Quantedge-Cambridge Refugee Scholarship, established in 2020, is available annually to support one student, who has been awarded ‘refugee status’ in the UK, to study for an MPhil (Master of Philosophy) at King’s College, Cambridge. All MPhil subjects offered by the College are eligible for the Scholarship. 

 

 

UK Universities Refugee Scholarships


The UK University Scholarship Directory provides an overview of universities in the UK that offer funding for refugees and/or asylum seekers.

The STAR scholarship list for students who cannot access Student Finance because of their fee status http://www.star-network.org.uk/index.php/resources/access_to_university

 

 

Further advice and support


UK Council for International Student Affairs for information on fee status www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Fees-and-Money/England-fee-status

Refugee Education HE Advice www.reuk.org/hefaq

University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is the site for making university applications https://www.ucas.com/

IntoUniversity supports young persons in education and preparing for university https://intouniversity.org/

HE Plus has many super-curricular resources www.myheplus.com

 

How to apply for to Cambridge and other UK universities for undergraduate degrees?


Are you considering applying to competitive UK universities for an undergraduate degree? Esme Page (Admissions Coordinator, Newnham College) and Amber Cuttill (Head of Widening Participation, Pembroke College) talk about applying to UK universities, what students should think about when choosing a university and what top UK universities look for in a prospective student. The recording is from June 2021.