This section is for all of our prospective students who live outside the UK. Christ’s provides a very supportive environment for international students - we will help you with the details of the application process, we will help you to settle in when you arrive, and most importantly we will provide all the support you need to thrive in your chosen subject at Cambridge.
A warm welcome to all students from outside the UK who are reading this page. When you first start looking at Christ's College, as an international student we recommend that you read two pages in particular:
Further details are then available in the rest of this section:
What support is there at Christ's for international students?
- Application Support
We know that you are likely to have questions about making an application, so to complement our how to apply page we provide additional application support for non-UK students. We'll also do our best to help if you email us (do let us know in your email which course you are interested in applying for, which country you are from, and what qualifications you have taken / will be taking). We are keen to support you so that you can make a competitive application to the College. More generally, the central Cambridge website has a section for international students which you should find useful.
In addition to the university-wide funding from the Cambridge Trust, Christ's has a number of financial support arrangements for international students. See financial support. We do not assess financial need during the application process (as decisions are made on academic criteria only), but detailed information about costs and financial support is sent out with offer letters. The finance arrangements for EU students may change from October 2020 onward as a result of Brexit, and so if this is relevant to you, it is worth keeping an eye on the University EU website for fee status and financial support updates later in the year: www.cam.ac.uk/eu.
- Visa support
The University sponsors students who will need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK. You can check if you need a UK visa. After we have made an offer, we provide information on the visa page in the offer holders section to ensure that the visa application process goes smoothly.
- Help with settling in
There will be a number of things to sort out when you move to the UK, including setting up a local bank account and registering with a doctor. The Christ's Student Union (called the JCR) has an International Students' rep, who will ensure that you meet other international students and have plenty of support both for the practical and cultural aspects of starting at Christ's.
- Accommodation during your course
Undergraduate students at Christ's live in College accommodation. You will be able to choose accommodation options that allow you to stay in the university vacations if you wish. Alternatively, we provide extra space for international students to store items in College at times when they are not in residence.
"Christ's never fails to make me feel happy and comfortable - within the first week, the end of the day of lectures meant getting to go 'home'. "
How many international students do you accept?
With the exception of Medicine, there are no quotas for how many international students we can accept. Currently, about a third of our undergraduate students come from outside the UK, and we have students from around 70 different countries. For Medicine, each year the University of Cambridge is only allowed to admit 21 students with a non-EU fee status in total. Of these, two can come to Christ's.
How do we assess international applications?
We read every complete, on-time application that we receive carefully, and we assess all of our applicants (both home and international) on the basis of their academic ability and potential. In other words, we are interested in what you will be able to achieve academically on your chosen course at Cambridge.
When you look at the detail of the admissions process, you will notice both that we ask you for a lot of information and that there are a lot of parts to the process. We give you a number of opportunities to show us what you are capable of, and we are able to work around differences in syllabus etc. so that we can assess students who have studied for a range of different qualifications.