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					Cambridge Admissions Office 32 Trumpington Street Cambridge CB2 1QY UK

NOTES FOR STUDENTS FROM MALAYSIA WHO ARE THINKING OF APPLYING FOR UNDERGRADUATE ENTRY TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE These notes are intended for students from Malaysia considering applying to Cambridge and supplement information given in the University of Cambridge Undergraduate Prospectus, published annually in March. Copies of the Prospectus are available for consultation in Malaysia at many schools and colleges, and at the offices of the British Council. If you would like a personal paper copy of the Prospectus, you should write to the Cambridge Admissions Office, Fitzwilliam House, 32 Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1QY, England enclosing US$15, or an equivalent sum, for the cost of air-mail postage. You can also consult the Prospectus on the Internet at www.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/. If you have questions not answered by the Prospectus or by these notes, you should write to the Admissions Tutor of any College (addresses are in the Prospectus) or the Malaysia Applications Centre (address below).
1. INTERVIEWS

Interviews in Cambridge or locally are an important part of selection procedures. This year it is expected that Cambridge Admissions Tutors will again be coming to Malaysia to interview candidates who have applied for undergraduate admission. Interviews in 2008 will mainly be held during the period 22-25 October and only those candidates whose completed Cambridge Application Form has been received in Cambridge by 20 September 2008 can normally be considered for inclusion in the interview programme. The interviews will be about 20-30 minutes in duration and are not primarily about money or financial arrangements, but are designed to assess the academic potential of candidates in their chosen subject area. Some applicants will also to be asked to take a short written subject test, probably on Saturday 25 October, for which no special preparation will be required (other than familiarity with the current syllabus for those still at school). Candidates who have already left school may also be asked to take a written test though it will be appreciated that they are unlikely to be as familiar with the basic syllabus material as those still at school. Everyone applying for Medicine or Veterinary Medicine, however, will take the BMAT (BioMedical Admissions Test) of 2 hours duration at the beginning of November; further information and some sample questions for this test will be posted on the web at www.bmat.org.uk. Similarly applicants for Law places may take the LNAT (Law National Admissions Test) in late October/early November and further information may be found at www.law.cam.ac.uk. Not everyone who applies will get an interview: decisions on who will be interviewed will be taken by the Cambridge Colleges and candidates being called for interview will be notified about a week or so in advance. Some Malaysian candidates may already be intending to come to England to visit Universities in December or January and – if so - might prefer to be interviewed at that time in Cambridge. In such cases, they should make this clear when submitting their Cambridge Application Form. No candidate who has been interviewed in Malaysia will also be interviewed in Cambridge in December/January.

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FINANCE

There are about 100 undergraduate students from Malaysia currently studying in Cambridge. Around 25% of the students are funded by various Government and other Scholarship schemes; the remainder are supported by other sponsors, parents and loans. The Cambridge Commonwealth Trust has schemes of partcost Bursaries which may provide some support for candidates who are able to meet the major part of their costs from other sources. It is appreciated that at the time of application candidates applying for scholarships are unlikely to be certain of their funding situation. The total annual cost of studying at Cambridge as an undergraduate is currently about £20,000 - £23,000 (depending on subject, and excluding travel and summer vacation living costs). Obviously the cost in future years is likely to increase at least in line with the rate of inflation, and the effect on the cost of any changes in currency exchange rates cannot easily be predicted.

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SUBJECT CHOICE

For all subjects it is absolutely essential that applicants should read the Prospectus and be well acquainted with the structure and contents of the course for which they are applying. If an applicant indicates at interview that they are unfamiliar with the nature of the course, this will make a very poor impression. Applicants from Malaysia can be considered for any of the courses offered at Cambridge. Architecture - this is not considered as a purely technical subject in Cambridge and applicants usually have to bring a portfolio of artwork with them to be discussed at an interview in Cambridge. In previous years very few overseas applicants for architecture have been successful in gaining places: serious candidates are advised if possible to travel to Cambridge for interview. Economics - competition is currently very severe for places to read Economics and good ability at Mathematics is of equal importance to an interest in - and basic knowledge of - Economics. Law - currently there is a lot of competition for undergraduate places to read Law at Cambridge and motivation for the course is important in addition to strong A-level grades. Where possible applicants should try to see the Law in action, for instance by a short period of work experience or shadowing a lawyer, and perhaps even better by watching a few actual court cases. Medicine - because of Government restrictions there is currently an annual maximum of twenty places a year for new overseas medical students in Cambridge as a whole. Only about half the preclinical students at Cambridge go on to complete their course at the Cambridge Clinical School; the remainder proceed to other Medical Schools, mainly in London and in Oxford. The full cost of an entire six-year medical course is rather high (totalling at least £150,000 at current rates).

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COLLEGE CHOICE

The Cambridge Overseas Application Form allows candidates to choose a College of preference. One of the strengths of the collegiate system at Cambridge is that students will come into contact with those from other backgrounds and who are reading different subjects. For this reason there is no answer to the common question: "What is the best College choice for a student coming from Malaysia or applying in a particular subject?" In general all Colleges accept candidates for all subjects (the few exceptions are given in the University of Cambridge Undergraduate Prospectus). Candidates may prefer not to make a choice between the various Cambridge Colleges and submit an Open application leaving blank the space for College choice. Candidates who do wish to choose a College of preference are advised to do so after reading College entries in the Prospectus and perhaps where appropriate consulting with their advisors at school. Experience suggests that it may be unwise to select a College solely because of the availability of a named scholarship award at that College.

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APPLICATION FORMS

Cambridge Overseas Application Forms are available in Malaysia at many schools and colleges or may be collected from the offices of the British Council in Kuala Lumpur. In case of difficulty forms may also be obtained by writing to the Cambridge Admissions Office (address given at the top of the previous page) or emailing: malaysia@cao.cam.ac.uk). Completed application forms together with the application fee (£45) should be sent to arrive in Cambridge by 20 September to the address given below, regardless of whether or not any College of preference is being chosen. Application forms submitted by fax or email are not accepted.

The Malaysia Applications Centre 32 Trumpington Street Cambridge CB2 1QY England

osints/March 2008


				
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