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When to apply to UK universities? All important deadlines

When to apply to UK universities? All important deadlines


It might seem that there is still plenty of time before you need to make a start on your application to a UK university, but you might have less time than you think. Here is all the information you need to keep in mind about the application deadlines to make sure you don’t miss out.

Every year we see disappointed students who left it too late just because they underestimated how long some some steps of the process can take. This information will help you to avoid the disappointment of having to defer your studies for another year.

So when do you need to start your application?

You can start as early as one year in advance. You might think one year is a long time but our practice shows that this is a perfect amount of time to prepare a very competitive application, to secure a place on the best possible programme for you and to go through all the procedures without stress.

There are also deadlines throughout the year that you don’t want to miss, and we will tell you these deadlines a bit later.

How long do different stages of the application take?


1-2 months Choosing a programme and a university and preparing your documents for the application
2 weeks – 3 months Application processing time varies greatly, depending on the university and programme level you’re applying for
1 month After you receive an offer, you need to send any additional documents to university, pay the deposit for your studies and get the CAS (visa application number)
1 -1.5 months Processing of a UK student visa application (Tier 4) normally takes 3 weeks, but often you need to wait for an appointment. So plan to leave enough time for that
1 - 4 months Additional English language preparation at the university (pre-sessional course), if needed

The whole application process to a UK university takes from 5 to 11 months.

You can find our step-by-step guide on how to come to study in the UK here.

What are the deadlines to submit your application to a UK university?

This is where you need to do some research in advance. Even though every university has its own set of rules and procedures, the timeframe mainly depends on the level of the course you are planning to study.

Choose one of the options to get a guidance on your application type: