Three students talking in the Library foyer, Christ's College, Cambridge
  Mateusz (middle) is from Piaseczno, and studies
  Land Economy at Christ's.

We welcome applicants from Poland who would like to apply for a place here at Christ's College.

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Do sign up for our next online open day and register interest for our international webinars!

 

Entry requirements

Student with a pile of books in the library
  Mateusz took the Nova Matura at school

Typical Christ's offers for applicants taking the Świadectwo Dojrzałości (Certificate of Maturity) / Nova Matura would ask you to achieve 95th percentile scores in up to two extended level subjects and an average of 90th percentile across all subjects taken.

If you are taking the Nova Matura, we advise you to contact us with information about your school curriculum and which state exams you are able to access so that we can advise you.

If you opt to take the International Baccalaureate, you would normally need to achieve 42 points overall (including bonus points), with 7,7,6 in Higher Level subjects. If you apply for a Cambridge course that requires Mathematics, IB students would need Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches. There is a list of IB World Schools in Poland and please see our IB page.

At Christ's we make adjusted offers to students from Poland holding a European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO) medal or a International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) medal. See the information about further achievements on our entrance requirements page.

Offers for Mathematics include STEP II and III. Further information about STEP and preparation support is available on the Maths page. 

Some courses also require an Admissions Assessment. The dates and registration details for these assessments vary from subject to subject so please check this carefully in relation to the course you are planning to apply for.

It will be important to take particular care to also ensure that you meet any specific subject requirements for your chosen course. These are set out on the subject pages.

 

Student profiles

Diana from Poland
 Diana did the International Baccalaureate

Oliwia (from Szczecin), and Diana and Mati (both from Piaseczno) have written detailed student profiles to share their experiences of applying and studying at Christ's with future students.

In the profiles, Oliwia, Diana and Mati explain what attracted them to their courses, the college system, how they found the application process, what they were looking forward to (and what they were worried about!) before they arrived in Cambridge, how the teaching works, the difference between studying in Cambridge and studying at school, the best and the hardest things, what they do when they are not working, and what they do in the holidays.
 

 

The application process

We recommend that you apply as soon as possible once UCAS opens for applications in September. Your course may require registration for an admissions assessment by 15 Sept or 30 Sept (depending on the subject) and then the UCAS application deadline for all courses is 15 October. Application is for entry the following October (or for deferred entry the year after). We encourage all applicants to read the information about applying on the relevant subject page, as well as the how to apply page well in advance of September, as there are a number of parts to the application procedure which may take time to organise and complete:

  1. If you have a "Registration Required" Written Assessment (needed for some of the courses), you will need to make sure you are registered for this by the relevant deadline. See details on the Written Assessments page. For example, applicants for Law must register between 1 August and 15 September and take the LNAT on or before 15 October. You can search for the test centres in Poland (scroll down to the bottom of Find a Test Centre) or in some cases you may be able to sit the assessment at your school (you will need to ask your school if they are a test centre).
  2. There is more than one application form. You first make a UCAS application and then you complete an additional questionnaire called My Cambridge Application (previously called the SAQ).
  3. You will need a referee who can provide a reference and predicted grades for any exams that you have not yet taken.
  4. You will also need to arrange for your school to provide a transcript, which you upload as part of My Cambridge Application.
  5. There are some smaller details that it is worth being aware of, such as the need to upload a photo. 

Do also explore our additional support pages for international applicants, and note that on 20 September Christ's publishes the current applicants section, which will support you (in detail!) through the next steps once you have submitted a valid application and chosen Christ's College in your UCAS application.

 

Financial Support

Students from Poland are encouraged to have a look at our finance section for details of the costs and financial support available. In addition to the university-wide awards from the Cambridge, Commonwealth, European and International Trusts, you'll see that at Christ's we have Christ’s College International Awards and Christ's Awards. The Christ's College International Awards awards are worth £10,000 per annum and may be accompanied by a full or partial waiver of the College Fee (currently £10,290 per annum). More information is available on our page on international financial support and do also read the notes for EU students applying in 2022 and beyond.

 

Emily and Mateusz at PA Bootcampt
   Dr Emily Tomlinson (Christ's Director of Admissions) and
   Mateusz at a Project Access Poland Bootcamp

Where can I find out more?

Do explore the international students section in particular, and make sure you read the relevant subject page.

We encourage you to attend our annual Christ's International Webinar for students from EU Countries. See Christ's International webinars info. You may like to also attend other online events - we run lots of webinars, and our open days are online, with an optional visit, so you can still attend them even if you can't get to Cambridge.

Please also feel free to email Kristy, Jan and Ellie in Christ's Admissions Office (admissions@christs.cam.ac.uk) with any questions. We'll be pleased to hear from you!
 

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"Everything about life and studying in England seemed a bit foreign at first, so I think it's important to ask if you don't understand something - even if it's just a pop culture reference. People are happy to help, so you shouldn't be embarrassed!"

Diana