Shadowing Scheme

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Apply for the Shadowing Scheme

Welcome to the online application system for the Shadowing Scheme.

The CUSU Shadowing Scheme brings UK students from state schools without a tradition of top university entry to Cambridge for three days.

Prospective students come to Cambridge and spend time with a current undergraduate, studying a subject that they are interested in, who they 'shadow'.

Accommodation and meals within the Cambridge colleges are provided free of charge as part of the Shadowing Scheme. Travel can be reimbursed on a needs basis.

The idea is to give those who have little or no experience of university a taste of student life at Cambridge, in real time, with real people. We especially welcome applications from those who would be the first in their immediate family to attend university.

If you will be over the age of 21 when starting university, you should instead apply to the Mature Shadowing Scheme, information about which can be found out here:

The Scheme will run on the following dates in 2020:

  • January 23 - 25
  • January 30 - February 1
  • February 6 - 8

Applications for the 2020 Shadowing Scheme are now open and close on 15th November, with all teacher and parent forms required by 22nd November.

If you are a current Year 11 student (or equivalent) you can register interest in the 2021 scheme here, to get information when applications open next year.

Acceptance form

If you have been notified that you have received a place, please log in and fill out the Acceptance form.

Application form

The student application form is now closed. Please check this webpage later in the year for applications for the next scheme.

Consent forms

The forms for parent/guardian and teacher are now closed. Please check this webpage later in the year for applications for the next scheme.

Mature student applications

About this system

This online sign-up system is written with security and your privacy in mind. Submitted data will be used strictly for the purposes of administering the Shadowing Scheme and will be not be transmitted to third parties or passed/sold on for marketing/other purposes. Data is transmitted encrypted using HTTPS.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Webmaster if you have any security/privacy questions about the system.