The University of Cambridge has an over 800-year-old tradition of attracting the brightest minds from all around the world. Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking, Oliver Cromwell, Hugh Laurie, Francis Bacon, Ian McKellen, or Alan Turing. These are just a very few alumni who came to develop their potential and fulfil their dreams at Cambridge. Would you like to do the same?
We are more than aware that the students in the Czech and Slovak Republic possess great talents in various fields – whether it is the sciences, the humanities, or the arts. So far as we can judge, Cambridge is one of the most inspiring, challenging, and life-changing places in the world. Unfortunately, it is also extensively riddled with myths presenting the University as extremely expensive, elitist, and unreachable. None of this is true.
Who are we looking for
As mentioned earlier, we are searching for the most talented and hard-working students from the Czech and Slovak secondary schools in their penultimate year. Do you have excellent grades in the subjects you would like to study at the university? Is your grade average 1.5 or less? Do you take part in extracurricular activities that demonstrate the passion for your field of interest? Apply, persuade us that you are the right person for our project, and we can promise you an unforgettable Cambridge experience. We believe that your potential is the only thing that matters. In order to make Experience Cambridge accessible to everyone, you will not have to pay any fees. To find out more about the selection process and criteria, visit the section ‘The Project’.
Our selection process consists of two parts and takes place in November and December:
The electronic form
First of all, you must fill in the form on this website. The basic eligibility criteria for Experience Cambridge are as follows:
• You must be a Czech or Slovak citizen in your penultimate year at a Czech or Slovak secondary school.
• You must have excellent results in the subject you would like to pursue at the university.
• Your grade average should be 1.5 or better.
• Given the current travel restrictions, you must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to be able to attend the programme.
For the second part of the selection process, we will pick the most enthusiastic and hard-working students who will clearly demonstrate a passion for the subject they would like to study at Cambridge. For example, extracurricular activities (e.g. various olympiads, successes in competitions, participation in student councils, youth exchanges, etc.) are a great way to do so.
The interviews will take place in mid-December via a video call. They will be carried out in English. Our main goal will be to get to know you, to learn more about your academic as well as non-academic achievements and your motivation. You have nothing to worry about, just persuade us that you truly are passionate about the area of your interest. All of the interviewees will be informed about the results no later than by the end of December.
What to expect during the programme
As the saying goes, it is better to experience something once, than to hear about it a thousand times. Thus we would like to offer you a golden opportunity to join us in person to get a taste of studying at one of the world’s top universities. A Cambridge term is academically intensive, but also packed with social events and unique opportunities, and so will be your four-day stay in February. You will be mentored and guided by a current university student, who will show you their lectures, supervisions and you will also attend a formal dinner and multiple tours of the historical colleges.
We are aware of the impact of Brexit on your generation, perhaps the most pressing being the unattainability of UK student loans. However, there are now many new scholarships and funds specifically targeted at EU students – during the programme we will inform you about these and other ways of managing the financial situation. We believe that studying at Cambridge can be still feasible and is well worth the effort.
“It is a denial of the divinity within us to doubt our potential and our possibilities.”
― James E. Faust
The electronic applications for the academic year 2021/2022 are now closed.
Ronald Doboš is an undergraduate student of Physics and Maths at the University of Cambridge.
Simona Blašková studied Politics and International relations (HSPS) at the University of Cambridge and is the project coordinator for Slovakia.
Martin Výška completed PhD degree in Applied Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and is the project coordinator for Czech Republic.
Partners and Sponsors
We are very proud to introduce the patrons of our project.
HE Libor Sečka
The Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United Kingdom.
HE Robert Ondrejcsák
The Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the United Kingdom.