A high proportion of those who apply for a place at Trinity are asked to come for interview here. This includes suitably qualified candidates at school in the UK or other countries of the EU, and many others from outside Europe. Applicants from Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia and Singapore may be interviewed in their own countries. Note however the restrictions and deadlines specified on the University website.  Most people applying to Trinity are very able pupils with good academic records and strong support from their schools. To choose between them we need more information than the application form usually supplies and believe that an interview is the best way to obtain this, by giving us the opportunity to see candidates individually and talk to them about the subject they want to study.

Interview Format

The format of an interview varies from subject to subject. We see the interview as a positive process, to find out what you are good at, where your academic strengths lie, and what you can talk about with enthusiasm and understanding. Above all, we are looking for reasons why we should offer you a place rather than reasons why we should not. We don’t set traps or ask trick questions to catch you out. If you are applying for an Arts subject, you should be prepared to talk about your reading outside the school syllabus and to put forward your own views and be able to defend them. If you are a scientist, engineer or mathematician, you will be asked to work through a number of problems which are not entirely standard in type. We are less interested in your conclusions than the methods you use to reach them. The interview is likely to focus on your subject rather than your interests outside school which are usually well covered in the personal statement and school report. Further details about the format of interviews in particular disciplines are available on our subject notes pages:

Financial support for interview travel costs

To enable applicants to come to interview in Cambridge, the Colleges are pleased to provide support for travel costs to students who are in local authority care and/or are currently in receipt of free school meals and who attend a UK maintained sector school/college. Public transport travel costs between £20 and £80 will be reimbursed, and the Colleges will contact eligible applicants directly with further information when they are invited to interview.