PLAN AHEAD TO MEET GLOBAL UNIVERSITY DEADLINES

The key to get admitted to global universities in more than one country is early planning and organization.

Admissions timelines in some countries, such as the U.S. and the United Kingdom, are relatively similar. But other popular destination countries for international students, such as AustraliaNew Zealand operate on a completely different schedule because the academic year begins months later.

The summer between 11th and 12th standard of higher secondary board year is a good time for students to sit down with their calendars and map out application deadlines for each country they’re interested in for the Bachelor’s degree. The students need to “look at the entire year ahead until graduation, so that applications, essays, recommendations, testing, visas can all be organized well ahead of each deadline.”

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It is utmost important for the prospective students to reflect on why they want to study in each country they’re considering, especially the course they would like to pursue.

“Students who apply to lots of universities in various countries without thinking through why they’re interested in certain places might have a more difficult time making a final school decision”, says Ian Sutherland, head of admissions at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He recommends students try to narrow their focus before they start applying. The students might end up spending additional amount for the application fee, international courier charges, reporting additional official scores, etc.

Once the students begin receiving acceptances, prospective international students who applied to universities in multiple countries may face a deposit deadline for one school before they even hear back from another. In such cases, it’s not out of the norm for students to ask schools for deposit deadline extensions.

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The student may request the respective universities to extend the deadline but if a school isn’t willing to extend a deposit deadline, students will have to consider whether they can afford to put down a potentially nonrefundable deposit to hold their spot at a particular school while they wait to hear back from others.

Let’s look at the timeline below which begins in the academic year prior to a student’s intended college enrollment date. It shows the general application deadlines for institutions in Australia, Canada, Germany, the U.S. and the U.K. The exact deadlines vary by school/courses.