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, click here or contact the Admissions Office. Our Admissions Tutor, Dr Sam Lucy, our Admissions Coordinator, Esme Page, and our Schools Liaison & Outreach Officer, Lucy Rogers, look forward to hearing from you and will be pleased to help in any way they can.

Forms and information for applicants


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. We interview in early December (though we may exceptionally be able to schedule early interviews for applicants who will be away then). All your interviews will usually be on one day, but you are welcome to free overnight accommodation at Newnham if that helps with your travel arrangements.

When we receive your application, we will write to you with information about the interview procedure in your subject.

Written work and assessments

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

  • Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic
  • Archaeology
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Classics
  • English
  • 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 considering submitting an EPQ, 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.

When should I submit this written work?

You do not have to send this work before applying – 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 is 7 November 2019.

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.

Will I need to take an admissions assessment for the subject I am applying for?

All courses require an admissions assessment – either taken pre-interview or at-interview, depending on the course.  You can find information about admissions assessments on the Undergraduate Study website.


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 referee to complete and submit the Extenuating Circumstances Form (ECF) by 22 October.

The Extenuating Circumstances Form should normally be completed and submitted by your school/college for receipt by the 22 October application deadline.

The completed ECF should be sent directly to the Admissions Office, either by email ( or post (Admissions Coordinator, Newnham College, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DF).

Overseas applicants

If you are living and studying outside the European Union, you will need to complete a Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA) (deadline: 19 October), as well as a UCAS application (deadline: 15 October).  If you wish to apply for an interview overseas, please check if you need to submit your application earlier on the University’s overseas interviewing webpages.

All prospective international applicants will find further useful information on the University website and in the graduate admissions section for international students.

EU applicants

EU applicants only need to 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 provide additional information through a Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ).

All prospective international applicants will find further useful information on the University website and in the graduate admissions section for international students.

Visiting Students

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 2019-20, is GBP 8,700 (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: