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 from late November to January:
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 at least 1.5.
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-January via Skype. 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 January.
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 online for three days to get a taste of studying at Cambridge. The lectures, the supervisions, the way of life. You will take part in workshops to get to know more about university life and the application process, prepare for and participate in small-group supervision in your subject and spend evenings socialising with other like-minded peers who have a strong interest in their field of study. Moreover, you will receive a package from us full of goods and merchandise inspired by the University. Our goal is to spread information about the possibility of studying at one of the world’s best universities and to remove any misconceptions, in order to encourage more Slovak and Czech secondary school students to apply each year. The only thing that matters is your potential and willingness to work hard. If you have these, apply and experience Cambridge.
“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 2020/2021 are now closed.
Barbara Bačová is an undergraduate student of HSPS at the University of Cambridge.
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.