Right Time to Apply to UK Universities

Published On: 26 Jun 2012

 | Last Updated On: 27 Mar 2013

Applications to UK universities for full-time programs are made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The UCAS website helps students with their applications to various universities in the UK. However, for part-time courses you will need to contact individual universities to find out the procedure for making an application.

The earlier you start with your research on colleges and courses, the sooner you can begin applying. To avoid missing out on a wonderful opportunity to move abroad for your education, keep a close eye on your deadline list. It is extremely important to send in your applications in time, as several universities as well as UCAS have stringent deadlines. To help make things easier, we have made an application timetable that will help you keep a tab on deadlines.

There are mainly three application deadlines for courses you apply for through UCAS. They vary according to the course you choose.

  • 15 October – for all professional medical, dentistry, veterinary medicine and veterinary science courses. This is also the deadline for ALL courses at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
  • 15 January – for all courses except Art and Design courses, and those listed with a 15 October deadline.
  • 24 March – for all Art and Design courses except those listed with a deadline of 24 March.

Applying after the deadline:

If you are an international student (outside the UK or EU) you must be well aware of the three deadlines mentioned above, although colleges may consider your applications up to June 30. However, this does not apply to those applying for courses in Oxford or Cambridge University. This also does not apply to students applying to courses in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry or veterinary science.

For the mentioned courses, your applications must reach the UCAS by 15 October.

Do keep in mind that universities do not guarantee to consider applications that they receive after 15 January. Also many popular courses may fill up by then. Do check with individual universities in case you have any doubts regarding deadlines. However, we suggest you apply as early as possible.

Also, remember to set aside sufficient time for formalities or procedures including immigration, making travel arrangements, and finding accommodation. These formalities can take more time during the summer months when immigration departments are busy.

If you are from a country that requires you to compulsorily serve in the military or national service, do check with individual universities as to when you can apply. It is suggested you mention your national service in your personal statement.

Applying to universities is one of the most important parts of the process of moving to the UK for higher education. In order to avoid last minute rushes, or losing out on your preferred course because of a delayed application, make sure you apply for courses well in advance. Also, make a list of all university deadlines and mark them on your calendars. In case you have any doubts regarding the last date for applications, do check with your university.

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