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If you're thinking about studying at St John's, we're here to help

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St John’s is committed to admitting students who are capable of making the most of studying here, regardless of where they went to school, or where they are from. The Admissions Team provides information, advice and guidance to those considering their higher education options and are there to help students with little or no experience of Cambridge to explore their options.

If you are a teacher and would like to discuss arranging a visit or event for your students, please don’t hesitate to contact the Admissions Office (details are under “Contact”, below).

Experience St John's

Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 Crisis, the College is currently closed to visitors. If you have any questions regarding admissions please email admissions@joh.cam.ac.uk instead. 

Drop-in Hours

We are generally open for drop-in visitors Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. If you would like to visit us outside of these times please contact the Admissions Office by emailing admissions@joh.cam.ac.uk and we will try to accommodate your request.

The Admissions Office is situated on the ground floor of the Old Divinity School on St John’s Street (entrance door on All Saints Passage) directly opposite the main entrance (Great Gate) to St John’s College. 

View the map to see how to reach us - the Old Divinity School is marked as item 30.

Upcoming events

Upcoming Events include: 

Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, a number of our events are being postponed or rearranged. The website will be kept up to date of any developments. 

 

This year we are holding subject Taster Days in Medical and Veterinary Sciences (Tuesday 24th March) and Arts & Humanities (Thursday 26th March). Places are now full and booking is closed, please see the relevant Taster Day section below for information on how to sign up for the waiting list. We also expect to hold a Languages, Literature and Cultures Taster Day and Open days later in the year.

 

St John's College will be holding Maths Open Days for prospective applicants on the mornings of Saturday 25th April 2020 and Saturday 2nd May 2020, to coincide with the Faculty of Mathematics Open Days in the afternoon. The Faculty Open Day consists of short lectures intended to give sixth formers an idea of what it is like to study Mathematics at a high level, together with STEP talks and talks for parents.

Please choose to attend on either 25th April or on 2nd May as the programme is the same on both days.

If you wish to attend the morning session of the Maths Open Day at St John's and with the Faculty in the afternoon, please complete the booking form on the Faculty site here.

 

The Offer Holders' Days will take place on Monday 6th  and Tuesday 7th April. 

 

  • June Open Days

We will be holding an Arts & Humanities Open Day on Monday 22nd June 2020, followed by a Sciences Open Day on Tuesday 23rd June 2020. Bookings for these events will open on our website shortly.

 

  • July Open Days

St John’s College will be taking part on the Cambridge Open Days on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd July 2020. More information can be found here.

Sutton Trust summer schools

Students in the grounds of St John's

 

The Sutton Trust Summer Schools are free subject-specific residential courses for Year 12 students from UK state-maintained schools. St John's is one of the host Colleges.

Area link scheme

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As part of the University of Cambridge’s Area Link scheme, St John’s works with six local education authorities in particular – Blackburn with Darwen, Bolton, Rochdale, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and Lambeth.

The Area Links Scheme enables Cambridge Colleges to build effective relationships with schools and colleges across the UK. It gives the schools a direct way of staying in touch with the University, and for the Cambridge Colleges involved, it offers an opportunity to get to know specific regions and the local educational environment.

School visits

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We are very keen to welcome groups of students into St John’s, or to visit your schools, particularly in our Link Areas. To arrange a visit, please email AccessOfficer@joh.cam.ac.uk .

Visits from February - March 2020 will be reserved for Year 10-12 students, and bookings will open in the near future. 

Schools can participate in both day and residential visits, and we can provide presentations and workshops covering a range of topics, including life at St John’s and Cambridge, advice about choosing a course and a college, information about the admissions process, and student finance. In addition, it is possible to organise other educational and social activities in and around the College.

Open Days

Open Days


College Open Days will take place towards the end of June, followed by University Open Days on 2nd and 3rd July. 

Information about Department and Faculty Open Days can be found below. If anyone plans to visit Cambridge for a Department Open Day, they are more than welcome to also visit the college. 

Date Department Find out more
27 February 2020 Archaeology More info >>
13 March 2020 Asian and Middle Eastern Studies More info >>
13 March 2020 HIstory and Modern Languages (MMLL Faculty open day) More info >>
13 March 2020 Linguistics (MMLL Faculty open day) More info >>
13 March 2020 Modern and Medieval Languages (MMLL Faculty open day) More info >>
20 March 2020 Classics (Oxford and Cambridge Classics open day, held in Cambridge) More info >>
22 April 2020 Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion More info >>
25 April 2020 Mathematics More info >>
2 May 2020 Mathematics More info >>
24 June 2020 Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic More info >>
1 July 2020 Law More info >>
2 July 2020 Veterinary Medicine More info >>
3 July 2020 Veterinary Medicine More info >>

A student speaks with visitors at an Open Day

 

Open Day Travel Fund

The University of Cambridge Open Day Travel Fund assists children in (or previously in) care to travel to any of the open day events organised by the University and Colleges of Cambridge. For more information on the support available to Care Leavers please click here.

If you wish to attend an Open Day but are likely to struggle with funding your travel or overnight accommodation, feel free to get in touch with AccessOfficer@joh.cam.ac.uk as you may meet our criteria for funding. 

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Taster Days

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Throughout the year St John’s runs Taster Days in different subjects. These are great opportunities for prospective students from around the country to experience Cambridge life and find out more about what to expect when they apply for a particular course.

Participants also have the chance to attend sample lectures from researchers at St John’s, to meet current undergraduates, and to ask plenty of questions.

More information can be found on our Upcoming Events listings

Sixth Form Taster Days
Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Due to the rapidly evolving global outbreak of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the Medical and Veterinary Medicine Taster Day on Tuesday 24th March 2020, and the Arts & Humanities Taster Day on Thursday 26th March 2020. 

We are sorry for any inconvenience this has undoubtedly caused.

Please do not travel to St John's College as we are unable to host you during this period.

We are, however, very happy to to answer specific questions you might have about your subject, please email any queries to Admissions@joh.cam.ac.uk

Medical and Veterinary Sciences Taster Day - Tuesday 24th March 2020 - CANCELLED

This taster day is a great opportunity for prospective students from around the country to experience Cambridge life and find out more about what to expect when they apply for Medical or Veterinary Sciences.

Participants will have the chance to attend sample lectures and supervisions from researchers at St John’s, to meet current undergraduates, and to ask plenty of questions,

 

Arts & Humanities Taster Day - Thursday 26th March 2020 - CANCELLED

This taster day is a great opportunity for prospective students from around the country to experience Cambridge life and find out more about what to expect when they apply for Arts and Humanities subjects. 

Participants will have the chance to attend sample lectures from researchers at St John’s, to meet current undergraduates, and to ask plenty of questions.

 

 

Contact

If you would like to book a visit to St John’s, arrange for someone to come and visit your school, or if you have questions about our access events, we would love to hear from you. Please contact:

The Admissions Team
Admissions Office
Old Divinity School
St John’s College
Cambridge
CB2 1TP
Tel: 01223 338703

Email: admissions@joh.cam.ac.uk