Lim Jeck has recently submitted his application to Cambridge University. As he did most of the application by himself, I am not exactly very familiar with all the application procedures. Nonetheless, I am able to gather the relevant information from websites, and I will share them (in particular, the Cambridge application process) in this post.
Due to full-time National Service commitment, Singaporean & Permanent Resident male students have to be deferred for 2 years before entering university. I understand that the typical period of allowance for University entry deferment is 2 years for US universities, and 1 year for UK universities. However, despite the 1-year only deferment norm, I guess it is okay for graduating (Year 6/JC2) male Singaporean/PR students to submit their applications to UK universities, which from what I have observed, is not uncommon. In Lim Jeck's words, he wanted to "get the university applications done by this year" (when he is still with NUS High and has the ready guidance from the College counsellors onsite), rather than do it during his National Service.
All applicants to the University of Cambridge must complete a Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application as well as a Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA). There is an overseas application fee of £12 and £30 associated with the UCAS and COPA, respectively.
In both the UCAS application and COPA, one should indicate the Cambridge College to which one wishes to apply. There are 29 undergraduate colleges in the Cambridge University. Lectures are centralised and run at the University level, but the colleges will provide most of the accommodation for their own undergraduates and graduates, and at the undergraduate level they have responsibility for admitting students to the University and organising their tutorials/supervisions. Lim Jeck has applied to Trinity College (Math course) as it is renowned to have the best Math and Science programme among the colleges in Cambridge.
|Flow of application to Cambridge. SAQ is the Supplementary Application Questionaire which has to be submitted after Cambridge has received your UCAS|
Lim Jeck took the written test on 26 October and his interview would be on 29 October. Both are held at HCI.
The outcome of the application to Cambridge would be known in January. If you are keen to find out how many applicants normally apply to a given College for a given subject, check the Application Statistics here. The Undergraduate Admission Statistics (2012) can be found here. The Applications, Offers and Acceptance by UCAS Apply Centre (2011) can be found there - it is interesting to note that in 2011, RI had 88 applicants and 30 offers; HCI had 103 applicants and 29 offers, NUSH had 20 applicants and 6 offers.
For latest admissions statistics, refer to: http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/apply/statistics
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