Spring or Fall Semester: When to Apply?
When it comes to studying abroad, most students are confused whether to apply for the spring or fall semester. Most foreign universities commence their courses with the spring or fall semesters. Students have various questions regarding the similarity and differences between these two semesters. The following will hopefully clear your doubts.
Duration of the semesters:
The spring semester in most universities is from January to May and the fall semester from September to December. The exact dates of commencement may vary from one university to the other. Certain universities start the spring semester in February and the fall semester in August. Hence it is very important for students to do a thorough research on the dates of course commencement in the universities of their choice.
Availability of seats:
Students must take note of the limited seats offered by most universities during the spring semester. Most universities entertain applications only during the fall semester. Therefore, the intake during the fall semester is naturally higher when compared to the spring semester.
Many universities do not provide for scholarships or financial aids during the spring semester. If you are an international student in need of financial aid, it would be wise to research on the support provided by the universities. Most universities have scholarship deadlines for programs beginning in the fall semester. This does not mean that the students studying in the spring semester receive no financial aid. The chances are higher in the fall semester.
Although every student stands a chance to obtain internship in either semester, the chances are higher during summer. The eligibility and rules for international students seeking internships also vary across schools. Most schools allow their students to apply for an internship on completing 2 semesters and in some cases 18 credits. Since the holiday period in fall semesters is longer, doing an internship in fall is more feasible.
Most core subjects are offered in the fall semester. Therefore enrolling in spring would mean difficulty in planning your coursework.
The visa process has got nothing to do with the choice of the semesters. If you have the right qualification, needed documents and a set plan, you will receive your visa.
Here are the steps that will help you plan well for spring and fall 2013.
Spring 2013 Admission Plan
Fall 2013 Admission Plan
The chances only seem brighter in fall in all matters when compared to spring. Make a wise choice as per your needs and chose the semester that serves you best.
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