UK admission cycle: UK attracts more than 4, 00,000 international students every year, just behind USA. The reason behind its popularity is the number of world acclaimed universities in the country. UK is home to four of the top universities in the world, including Oxford, Cambridge and London School of Economics among others. A major factor that makes UK one of the top countries to study abroad is the availability of many world renowned scholarships. One of the highlights of studying in UK is that postgraduate programmes here are of shorter duration compared to many other countries. Hence, students can complete their Masters programme in a year.

Now that you have decided to study in the country, your first step is to start your research on various universities.  The next stage in the process is obviously to understand the admission cycle of UK including elements like when the classes start, when applications open and when to start looking for universities in the country. In this article, we bring you the UK admission cycle.

 

UK Admission Cycle: Timeline

July- August (previous year):

Research your options

August

Register for standardised test and take test

September

Prepare the application package and get you test scores.

September- October

Start applying

October- November

Applications close

Jan- Feb

Colleges start replying to applications

March

Prepare your finances, explore scholarships and apply for education loans.

May- June

Apply for the students Visa

September

Departure preparations

September- October

Session starts

One of the most important elements to consider before heading to the UK is to know the UK admission cycle. It not only helps international students to prepare for funds but also keep them updated with the complete process. After all, no one would want to miss out on their chance to study in the UK.

The academic session in the country starts in early September, apart from which there are other intakes as well. But September is preferred by majority of the international students as it offers international students with ample time to apply for visa and manage funds before starting their programmes at the UK universities. It is best to start with the admission procedure a year earlier. For example, if you session starts in September 2017, by August- September 2016 you should start applying to institute of your choice. Followed by taking the required entrance tests like SAT, IELTS or TOEFL.

UK admission cycle 2017-18:

Institute

Level of study

Application deadline

Oxford University

UG

October 15 of every year

PG

18 November 2016 & 20 Jan 2017 (Sept 2017 intake)

Imperial College London

UG

15 January 2017 ( for all courses)

15 October 2016 for Medicine (October 2017 intake)

PG

 15 January 2017 ( for all courses)

15 October 2016 for Medicine (October 2017 intake)

University of Cambridge

UG

15 October 2016

PG

NA (Varies as per programme)

University College London

UG

15 Jan 2017 & 30 June 2017 (Sept 2017 intake)

PG

NA

London School of Economics

UG

15 January 2017
(Sept 2017 intake)

PG

Rolling admission- starts in October every year

University of Edinburgh

UG

PG

6 September 2016

One month before the entry month.

The University of Manchester

UG

PG

15 October 2016 (2017 intake)

No closing dates

King’s College London

UG

PG

January 2017 (it may vary)

NA

University of Bristol

UG

PG

September 2016

19 September 2016

The University of Warwick

UG
PG

15 January 2017 (Sept 2017 intake)

31 July 2017

Source- University’s official website

The UK admission deadline for majority of the universities is October of the previous year for intake in September. The best way to get into your desired institute is to start the application procedure a year earlier to your course start year. Apart from that, UK admission deadline may vary depending on the departments and the university as some UK universities offer admission on a rolling basis. Therefore, it is suggested to consult the concerned department in university you are applying to.

 

UK admission cycle: Visa Cycle

This is the most crucial element of admission process in the UK, as it is the last step to be taken before heading to your dream college. Once you receive an offer from university of your choice, your next step is to get the Visa to study in UK. You will need a Tier 4 Visa to study in UK. To apply for the Visa; you must first receive CAS (Confirmation of acceptance for studies) and must provide evidences to prove that you have enough funds to meet your ends in the foreign country.

 

You can apply for the Student visa only three months before your course start date. Apart from that make sure your passport is valid for minimum 14 months from the date of entry in UK.

 

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