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.

The Scheme will run on the following dates in 2018:

  • January 18 - 20
  • January 25 - 27
  • February 1 - 3

Applications for the 2019 Shadowing Scheme will open on Thursday August 23rd 2018. To be notified when applications open, please sign up here.

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.