Applying from Asia

Video series: International Undergraduate Q&As


What is the Oxbridge application process like if you're from Asia?


Current Oxford and Cambridge students answer your questions about their experience applying from countries in Asia! šŸ‡°šŸ‡·šŸ‡ÆšŸ‡µ šŸ‡ØšŸ‡³šŸ‡øšŸ‡¬šŸ‡®šŸ‡³šŸ‡¹šŸ‡­

Our panellists:

šŸ‡°šŸ‡· Harry (South Korea, Physics, Oxford)
šŸ‡ÆšŸ‡µ Mily (Japan, Experimental Psychology, Oxford)
šŸ‡ØšŸ‡³ Harry (China, Maths, Cambridge)
šŸ‡øšŸ‡¬ Jiayu (Singapore, HSPS, Cambridge)
šŸ‡®šŸ‡³ Sanjan (India, Engineering, Cambridge)
šŸ‡¹šŸ‡­ Ply (Thailand, Architecture, Cambridge)


00:00:01 - Introduction
00:00:10 - Introduction to InsideUni
00:00:26 - Introduction to event
00:01:05- Introduction to panel members

00:02:42 - Introduction to Section 1: Why panellists chose to apply to Oxbridge
00:02:49 ā€“ HSPS at Cambridge
00:03:37 ā€“ Maths at Oxford
00:05:11 - Psychology at Oxford

00:05:54 - Introduction to Section 2: Pre-submitted and Live Questions
00:06:37 ā€“ Are there any clubs and societies that help the transition and process of fitting in?
00:09:03 ā€“ Could you tell us more about the COPA and what is expected on the personal statement?
00:10:12 - Could you share your personal interview experience?
00:14:28 - Are there any tips for studying for the TSA?
00:15:47 - What is the social life and stress levels like?
00:18:34 - Can I ask about the difference between HSPS and PPE?
00:21:10 - Is the application different for non-A Level applicants?
00:24:04 - Would you recommend doing an open application or applying to a specific college?
00:27:41 - How many students from your region do you see in your college and class?
00:29:41 - How did having your tutorials online compare with having them face to face?
00:32:35 - How much weight is given to extra-curricular activities in admissions?
00:34:47 - Is it easier for Asian students to get into Cambridge than Oxford?
00:37:22 - How many hours do you spend studying outside of classes?
00:40:05 - How often do you go back to your home country, and what happens with accommodation and storage?
00:41:55 - How did coronavirus affect your mode of study?
00:43:45 - Were you always a high achiever in terms of academics?
00:45:15 - Where can I play the drums in Cambridge if Iā€™m not doing Music?
00:47:00 - For maths, what kind of competition experiences did you have?
00:49:03 - Are volunteer experiences or additional reading important for Psychology at Oxbridge?
00:50:10 - For STEM subjects, did you mention any specific projects in your personal statement? How much technical detail about the subject should you include?
00:52:01 - What sort of questions are asked in interviews?

00:54:46 - Introduction to Section 3: One piece of advice for international students

01:00:59 ā€“ Conclusion/thanks/closing