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Study in the UK Timeline

Study in the UK Timeline


The United Kingdom is a popular destination for all students worldwide to pursue their higher education. Recently, many students are enrolling themselves in many reputed universities to pursue their education. As per research, it states that more than 30,000 international students have applied to many universities countrywide. Amid the pandemic, there are many travel restrictions for all international students to study in the UK; however, as the governments are relaxing the norms, many students arrive in the UK to pursue their higher education.

If you are looking forward to taking admission in the UK, you must strictly understand the timelines you need to follow. Then, you can go through the below information that our expert advisors have specifically prepared for you.


September: The month to start preparing for your UK education.

Many colleges in the UK provide a couple of intakes every academic year. The 1st session starts in January and February, while the 2nd session starts in September and October. The intake for all the UK universities in 2021 has concluded their classes that are provided online and in various blended formats. September is the month that many international students prefer. About 80 per cent of international students apply for admission in September. Experts recommend students begin preparing for admissions as quickly as possible. Students are required to submit their documents at the colleges before the deadline passes.

The universities across the UK are all set to start their new enrolments from January and September. More than 6,000 courses are available for all the students across different disciplines and universities in the UK. The colleges are now starting to process their applications and admission procedure for their 2022 intakes. The below-mentioned timeline will help the students to start preparing for their UK admission.


Timeline for January and September 2022 Intake

September is the month where many students enrol themselves across the UK universities. The application process commences about six to eight months before the session starts. Therefore, applicants must follow the application process diligently and not miss any dates to submit their applications and other documentation.

General Timeline

April to SeptemberJune to DecemberAugust to DecemberDecember to JulyApril to JulyJuly to August
Students can start looking for the universities as per their convenience, budget, and preference.Preparation for examinations like IELTS, TOEFL, and many more. Students who are not appearing for IELTS and other examinations are required to start preparing for their interview for their preferred university.Writing SOPs, LORs, and compiling the required documentation that is required for admissions compulsorily.Filling out application forms and submitting them with the required documents.Wait for the replies from the different universities and admission offer letters. Students can accept the offer letters if they have received them from the universities as per their preference.Applying for a Visa and starting booking tickets to arrive in the UK to experience how studying abroad feels like.
Timeline for January and September 2022 Intake

September Timeline 2022 - UCAS Deadlines


15th October 2021Medicine, Dentistry, and veterinary medicine courses
15th January 2022Undergraduate courses in top UK universities for International students & EU Students
30th June 2022All undergraduate courses for International Students


Here is the complete timeline that you must follow to complete your application process.


TimelineActivities to perform
April to September 2021Shortlisting universities and colleges, confirming the application procedure, and figuring out the deadline dates.
June to December 2021Preparing for different tests like IELTS, TOEFL, and many more.
August to December 2021Starting to write SOPs and LORs. Preparing for necessary documentations that are required to complete the application processes.
December to July 2022Starting to submit application forms
April to July 2022Accepting offer letters and applying for UK Student Visa
July to August 2022Planning your trip to the UK


Detailed Timeline for all International Students


April to September 2021: Shortlisting Universities

Here are a few things that you should plan to study in the UK during the month of April to September:

  • Shortlisting universities and courses that you want to study in the UK
  • Figuring out the application processes, eligibility criteria, and admission procedure in particular areas of academics.
  • Finding out scholarships that are best suitable for your study in the UK.
  • Checking details such as international recognition, work permit post your studies, and other scopes for higher education.
June to December 2021: Taking rest and preparing for tests

Once you find out the universities where you want to apply, here are the next steps that you must take:

  • Start preparing for tests like SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, and GRE whichever you prefer.
  • Ensure that you prepare well to score well at any given time and try to clear the examination in your first attempt itself.
  • If you are unable to pass your exam on your first attempt, try to retake the exam during the same academic period.
August to December 2021: Preparing for documentations

There are many mandatory documents that have to be submitted to commence your admission procedure. You will have to keep the documents ready and handy before filing your application form.

  • SOP or Statement of Purpose
  • LOR or Letter of Recommendation
  • Qualifying exams transcripts
  • Test scores
December to July 2022: Submitting Application Forms

International students must submit their application as soon as possible so that they can get ample time to go through the Visa processes, apply for it, and start preparing for their travel. Usually, the deadline to submit application forms is July; however, you can start submitting your form from April itself. These are some guidelines that you must keep in mind before submitting your application form:

  • Begin submitting your application form starting from December itself and upload all the necessary documents on the portal. Make sure that you complete other processes involved in submitting the application form before the deadline passes of the specific university.
  • All the applications that have to be submitted are accepted online.
  • You can start creating an account on the university’s official website, assess your application form thoroughly, and start filling the application forms accordingly.

You can also get in touch with Zoomabroad who can guide you to understand the application form, assess it, fill in all the details without any mistake, and submit it before the deadline. You can also check out the automated processes that ZoomAbroad offers to submit the application form.


April to July 2022: Applying for Visa

Once the university accepts your application, you will receive an offer letter from the college or university through the mail. You will have to accept the university’s offer letter and start applying for a student visa.

  • To apply for a UK student visa, students need to receive an authentic valid offer from the university itself.
  • Thoroughly review, check, and then accept the norms mentioned on the offer letter before you accept it.
  • You will have to keep checking your email to check if there are any updates regarding the admission process from the university.

Also, you can start applying for scholarships and educational loans if you need them during this period so that you can get some financial aid.


July to August 2022: Planning your travel

Once you have applied for your Visa, start preparing for your travel to the UK. Here are some things to consider when you are preparing for your travel.

  • Once all your documents are ready, you can start booking tickets and plan for your journey.
  • Also, you can start checking out the travel guidelines, follow the required instructions, and other details to make sure that your travel is hassle-free.
  • You can also book your campus accommodation and residential stay before you arrive in the UK.

During this pandemic, students who are planning to study in the UK must adhere to the guidelines and restrictions to keep themselves and their families safe.


September 2022 Application Deadlines for Admissions in the UK


EventsDeadlines (Tentative)
Deadline to apply for undergraduate courses30th June 2022
Last Date to Apply through UCAS Extra4th July. 2022
UCAS Clearing Opens5th July 2022
A-Level Result19th August 2022
Final Deadline21st September 2022



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