How to Apply

We very much welcome your application. We take great care over our admissions procedures and review them continually in order to make them as fair and transparent as possible.

If you have questions unanswered after reading these pages, contact the Admissions Office. Our Admissions Team is made up of Dr Sam Lucy, Admissions Tutor, Professor Roisin Owens, Deputy Admissions Tutor for the Sciences, Esme Page, Admissions Coordinator, and Lucy Rogers, Schools Liaison & Outreach Officer.  We look forward to hearing from you and will be pleased to help in any way we can.


Dates and deadlines 2020-21 **This list will be updated regarding some necessary changes due to the coronavirus pandemic.  If you are applying in the forthcoming 2021 application cycle, you will be given all updated information once you have applied.**


Most of our applicants are invited to Newnham for at least two interviews, although we reserve the right not to call applicants who, on the basis of their application, will have little chance of success.

In order to minimise Covid-related risks to our applicants, students and staff, interviews will be conducted online in December 2021.  Details regarding online interviews at Cambridge can be found on the University website.

You can find general information about the interview process on the University website and there is some information about what to expect at a Newnham interview on our subject pages.

Written work

The following subjects request written work to be submitted in advance:

  • Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture (one piece of artwork and one essay)
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Classics
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • History and Modern Languages
  • History and Politics
  • History of Art
  • Human, Social and Political Sciences
  • Music
  • Theology and Religious Studies

What written work should I submit?

We will normally ask for two essays written as part of your school work. Typically we ask that this written work is no longer than 2000 words in length. If you are taking an Extending Project Qualification (EPQ) and are considering submitting it, we would request that you submit a section of your EPQ instead of the whole thing.

Sometimes an interviewer might want to ask questions about the work you have sent in. It is therefore a good idea to keep a copy of what you send so that you can read it again before the interview to refresh your memory.

Please complete the Essay Cover Sheet for each submitted essay.  Details on uploading essays will be provided to applicants once they have applied.

Have a check of the subject page you are considering applying for to see if there is anything specific required as part of your submission.  For example, Architecture and Music have specific requirements for written work.

When should I submit this written work?

You do not have to send this work before you make your UCAS application – we will write to you after you have applied and let you know exactly what you need to send and when. The deadline for submitting written work was 5 November 2020 (2021 date to be confirmed but likely to be around the same date).

What should I submit if my work is written in a foreign language?

If you are educated in a non-English medium school, you should submit your original marked essays, along with an English translation.  The translation should be made either by your school or a certified translation service.

Admissions Assessments

Most courses require an Admissions Assessment to be taken either pre-interview or at-interview.  To see if the course you plan to apply for at Newnham requires an Admissions Assessment, have a look at the relevant subject page.

More information regarding Admissions Assessments can be found on the Undergraduate Study website.  This will have the most up-to-date arrangements for the forthcoming 2022 cycle.

Extenuating Circumstances

If your education has been significantly disrupted or disadvantaged through health or personal problems, disability, or difficulties with schooling, it may be appropriate for your school/college  to complete and submit the Extenuating Circumstances Form (ECF) by 26 October.

The ECF should be completed and submitted by your school/college (or sometimes GP or social worker).

The ECF for Newnham College can be found here.

If, post offer, extenuating circumstances arise for an offer holder that will disrupt their education, please contact the Admissions Office to keep us updated.

EU and Overseas applicants

The UK has now left the EU and, as such, all EU applicants are now classified as overseas students.

EU and overseas students should submit a UCAS application by 15 October.  The exception to this is if you are applying for an overseas interview in which you may have a different deadline.  See information below.

After your UCAS application has been received, the University will ask you to complete an additional questionnaire.  Details of this questionnaire will be made available closer to the time.

All prospective overseas applicants will find useful information on the international student section of the University website.

Entry requirements for students studying a non-UK education system can be found by country on the International Qualifications webpage.

The University interviews in Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore and USA.  Information regarding applying for an interview in this country can be found on the overseas interview page of the University website.  Please note that interview arrangements for the forthcoming 2022 cycle will be published in the summer on this page.

UK applicants

Applicants from the UK should submit a UCAS application, naming Cambridge as one of your choices, by 15 October.

After your UCAS application has been received, the University will ask you to complete an additional questionnaire.  Details of this questionnaire will be made available closer to the time.

You can find extensive information on the University’s application process in the applying section on the University website.

Visiting Students

*Please note that due to COVID19, we are not able to consider any applications for Visiting Students or Junior Year Abroad students for the 2022-23 academic year.*

Newnham College considers applications for Visiting Students from any female student wishing to study at Newnham for a year. We also consider Junior Year Abroad places for students studying at Columbia University.

Visiting Students (including for Studienstifung and DAAD students from Germany)

We usually consider applications from prospective Visiting Students in February for the following academic year, once we have completed the general undergraduate admissions process and know how many places we will have available for Visiting Students.

If you would like to apply, we require you to complete an application form and we would also like to receive a reference from your current tutor, a personal statement about why you are applying to spend a year in Cambridge, and an example of written work in English.

Applications with accompanying documentation should be received by 31 January for entry in October of the same year. Applicants are free to apply to other Colleges as well, but as requirements may differ, we would advise contacting the individual College Admissions Office for information in each case.

If you wish to make an application for a place as a Visiting Student, please contact the Newnham College Admissions Office (

Junior Year Abroad Students

If you are studying at Columbia University, you may be considered for a place as a Junior Year Abroad at Newnham College.  This application process is handled by the Office of Global Programmes at Columbia so please contact them directly if you wish to be considered.

Visiting and Junior Year Abroad Student Fees

Visiting and Junior Year Abroad students pay the standard University tuition fee for which the figure is dependent on their fee status.  Information on University tuition fees can be found on the Undergraduate Study finance webpages.

The College fee is also applicable which, for 2020-21, is GBP 9,500 (expect an annual increase).  We also suggest that students budget approximately GBP 10,950 for living expenses, including accommodation.

If you are offered a place, we would need to see guarantees from students’ families or other sponsors to confirm these costs could be met.

Useful links

You will find lots of additional information via the links below: