Applying as a visiting student
We are willing to consider candidates wishing to spend a full academic year (October to June) reading for Part II of the Tripos - that is, the final year of the course - in the following subjects: Economics, History, History of Art, Philosophy. If you are applying from a German University, you may also apply to study Mathematics or Natural Sciences. Please note that it is extremely unlikely that you will be eligible for credits to transfer to your degree at your current university.
We ask candidates to complete, as far as they are able, an application form and return it via post to Peterhouse Admissions Office; to provide a complete transcript of their school and university education to date (a list of the courses taken in their degree so far will be particularly helpful); and to arrange for two of their current teachers to write confidential letters of reference to us independently. Candidates should also enclose a statement about their academic intentions in coming to study for a year at Cambridge, together with (if they wish to read an Arts subject) two of their best recent pieces of written work in English. Please note that we do not ordinarily consider students who are applying to more than one College as a visiting student.
All successful candidates are accommodated in College during their academic year and are treated in exactly the same way as other first-year undergraduates at Peterhouse. Visiting Students are usually expected to sit the relevant University examination at the end of the year. Competition is severe: we have never been able to admit more than one or two students a year and often none. Applications should reach Peterhouse by 31st January of the year in which candidates wish to come into residence.