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Study in the UK Timeline 2024

Saumya Singh      October 03, 2023

Studying in the United Kingdom has long been a dream for countless international students seeking world-class education, cultural diversity, and career opportunities. As the academic world evolves, the timeline for the 2024-2025 session presents a plethora of exciting opportunities, crucial milestones, and essential considerations for those planning to embark on this educational journey. This article offers a comprehensive guide to help prospective students navigate the intricate Study in the UK timeline for the session 2024-2025.

If you're considering pursuing studies in the UK, it's crucial to have a clear grasp of the timelines you must adhere to. To assist you in this endeavour, our team of expert advisors has meticulously compiled the following information for your reference.

The United Kingdom is a popular destination for international students, offering a wide range of courses at world-renowned universities. There are three main intakes for international students in the UK: September, January, and May.

Intakes: A glance
 

Intakes

 Type of course

 Application deadline for 2023-24

Fall Intake (September Intake)  Main Intake

UCAS (UG for medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry courses)

16th Oct 2023 for intake in Sept 2024

UCAS (For all other undergraduate courses)

Main deadline is 31 Jan 2023 for all students.

International students can apply up until 30 June 2024 – subjected to course availability.

Applications received after 30 June 2024 will be entered into Clearing for Sept 2024 intake.

PG

All the PG intakes are guided as per specific guidelines of the university. So you need to check with your host university for the deadline of your application

Spring Intake (March-April intake)

UCAS (For all other undergraduate courses)

Oct 2023-Jan 2023 for intake in 2023

PG

All the PG intakes are guided as per specific guidelines of the university. So you need to check with your host university for the deadline of your application

 

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


Many universities in the UK offer two intakes every academic year:
 

  • September intake: This is the most popular intake and offers the widest range of courses. The application deadline for most universities is in January or February of the year of intake. However, some universities have earlier deadlines, so it is important to check the individual university websites.
     
  • January intake: This is a good option for students who missed the September intake or who need more time to prepare their applications. The application deadline for the January intake is typically in October or November of the year before intake.

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 2024 intakes. The below-mentioned timeline will help the students to start preparing for their UK admission.
 

The application process for UK universities for the 2024 intake has already started. Here is a timeline to help you plan your application:

August 2023:

  • Start researching universities and courses.
  • Take the required standardized tests, such as the IELTS or TOEFL.
  • Start writing your personal statement.
  • Get letters of recommendation.

October 2023:

  • Submit your UCAS application (for undergraduate courses) or individual university applications (for postgraduate courses).
  • Pay the application fee.
  • Provide your supporting documents.

January 2024:

  • Receive your university offers.
  • Make your university decision and accept your offer.
  • Apply for a visa (if required).
  • Book your accommodation.

February 2024:

  • Start planning your travel to the UK.
  • September 2024:**
  • Start your studies in the UK!

This is just a general timeline, and the specific deadlines may vary depending on the university and course. It is always best to check the individual university websites for the latest deadlines.
 

Here are some additional tips for applying to UK universities:
 

  • Be organized. Keep track of all of your application materials and deadlines in a single place.
  • Be proactive. Don't wait for the universities to contact you. Reach out to them and let them know you are interested in studying there.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help. There are many resources available to help you with your application, such as your school counsellor, a study abroad advisor, or an online forum.

The list provided below shows the most reputed UK universities with September Intake 

  • Coventry University
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Sussex
  • Birmingham City University
  • Bucks New University
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • University of Reading
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Derby
  • University of Westminster
  • University of Wolverhampton
  • Keele University
  • University of Leeds
  • Kingston University
  • London Metropolitan University
  • University of Bradford
  • Swansea University

Have a look at the main September intake deadline that you need to know for applying through UCAS:
 

  • 31 January 2024: UCAS application deadline for equal consideration.
  • 30 June 2023: Applications submitted post these dates are sent into Clearing.
  • 17 October 2024: September intake deadline for adding clearing choices.
     

Advantages and Disadvantages of Fall Intake:


Advantages:
 

  • Wider range of courses: The fall intake is the most popular intake, so there is a wider range of courses available.
  • More competition: There is more competition for places in the fall intake, so you will need to have strong grades and a good personal statement.
  • More opportunities: There are more opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities and networking events in the fall.
  • Start of the academic year: The fall intake is the start of the academic year, so you will be able to get settled in and start your studies right away.
     

Disadvantages:
 

  • Earlier deadlines: The application deadlines for the fall intake are earlier than for other intakes.
  • More expensive: The fall intake is often more expensive than other intakes, as universities may charge higher tuition fees.
  • Less flexibility: There is less flexibility in the fall intake, as most courses start in September.
  • More competitive: The fall intake is more competitive, so it may be more difficult to get a place.

 

Timeline for January and September 2023 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.

 

April to September

June to December

August to December

December to July

April to July

July 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.

 

Winter Intakes To Study In The UK 

The admission sessions during the winter or January intake is considered a secondary intake. This is because this intake permits students who failed to apply during the Fall Intake to study at UK universities.  This admission session qualifies relatively a smaller number of applicants to study in the UK. It gives students some more time to work on their applications. The application deadlines will fall between the period June and September and will change from one course to another and from University to University.

 

There are a few winter intakes to study in the UK. These are:
 

  • January intake: This is the most popular winter intake. The application deadline for most universities is in October or November of the year before intake. However, some universities have earlier deadlines, so it is important to check the individual university websites.
  • February intake: The application deadline for the February intake is typically in December or January of the year before intake.
  • May intake: Some universities offer a May intake, but the number of courses available is limited. The application deadline for the May intake is typically in March or April of the year before intake.

It is important to note that the winter intakes are not as popular as the fall intake, so there may be fewer courses available and the competition may be less. However, the winter intakes can be a good option if you are not able to meet the deadlines for the fall intake or if you are looking for a more flexible option.

Universities with January intake in the UK

  • Bangor University
  • Birmingham City University
  • Brunel University
  • Edge Hill University
  • Kingston University
  • Northumbria University
  • University of Chester
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Sunderland
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Birkbeck University of London
  • City University of London
  • Coventry University
  • De Montfort University
  • Keele University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • University of Brighton
  • University of Lincoln
  • University of South Wales

Advantages and Disadvantages of Winter Intake:
 

Advantages
 

  • Less competition: There is less competition for places in the winter intake, so you may have a better chance of getting a place.
  • More flexible: The winter intake can be a good option if you are not able to meet the deadlines for the fall intake or if you are looking for a more flexible option.
  • Start of the academic year: The winter intake is the start of the academic year, so you will be able to get settled in and start your studies right away.
     

Disadvantages
 

  • Fewer courses available: There may be fewer courses available in the winter intake, so you may have to choose from a more limited range of options.
  • Earlier deadlines: The application deadlines for the winter intake are earlier than for other intakes.
  • More expensive: The winter intake may be more expensive than other intakes, as universities may charge higher tuition fees.
  • Less time to prepare: You will have less time to prepare for your studies if you start in the winter intake.

Summer Intakes To Study In The UK 
 

There are a few summer intakes to study in the UK. These are:

  • May intake: Some universities offer a May intake, but the number of courses available is limited. The application deadline for the May intake is typically in March or April of the year before intake.
  • June intake: A few universities offer a June intake, but the number of courses available is even more limited. The application deadline for the June intake is typically in May or June of the year before intake.
  • July intake: Very few universities offer a July intake, and the number of courses available is very limited. The application deadline for the July intake is typically in June or July of the year before intake.

It is important to note that the summer intakes are not as popular as the fall intake, so there may be fewer courses available and the competition may be less. However, the summer intakes can be a good option if you are not able to meet the deadlines for the fall intake or if you are looking for a more flexible option.


Yes, there are a few summer intakes to study in the UK. These are:

  • May intake: Some universities offer a May intake, but the number of courses available is limited. The application deadline for the May intake is typically in March or April of the year before intake.
     
  • June intake: A few universities offer a June intake, but the number of courses available is even more limited. The application deadline for the June intake is typically in May or June of the year before intake.
     
  • July intake: Very few universities offer a July intake, and the number of courses available is very limited. The application deadline for the July intake is typically in June or July of the year before intake.
     

It is important to note that the summer intakes are not as popular as the fall intake, so there may be fewer courses available and the competition may be less. However, the summer intakes can be a good option if you are not able to meet the deadlines for the fall intake or if you are looking for a more flexible option.

Here are some of the universities in the UK that offer summer intakes:

  • University of York: The University of York offers a May intake for some courses.
  • University of East Anglia: The University of East Anglia offers a May intake for some courses.
  • University of Southampton: The University of Southampton offers a May intake for some courses.
  • University of Birmingham: The University of Birmingham offers a May intake for some courses.
  • University of Warwick: The University of Warwick offers a May intake for some courses.
     

Advantages and Disadvantages of Summer Intake:


Advantages

  • Less competition: There is less competition for places in the summer intake, so you may have a better chance of getting a place.
  • More flexible: The summer intake can be a good option if you are not able to meet the deadlines for the fall intake or if you are looking for a more flexible option.
  • Fast-paced Learning: Summer intakes are typically shorter than fall intakes, so you will have to learn more quickly. This can be a good way to challenge yourself and to learn more in a shorter amount of time.
  • Less distractions: There may be fewer distractions during the summer, as many students will be on vacation. This can be a good way to focus on your studies.

Disadvantages

  • Fewer courses available: There may be fewer courses available in the summer intake, so you may have to choose from a more limited range of options.
  • Earlier deadlines: The application deadlines for the summer intake are earlier than for other intakes.
  • More expensive: The summer intake may be more expensive than other intakes, as universities may charge higher tuition fees.
  • Less time to prepare: You will have less time to prepare for your studies if you start in the summer intake.

 

General Timeline

 

September Timeline 2024 - UCAS Deadlines

DatesEvents
16th October 2023Medicine, Dentistry, and veterinary medicine courses
31st January 2024Undergraduate courses in top UK universities for International students & EU Students
30th June 2024All 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 2023Shortlisting universities and colleges, confirming the application procedure, and figuring out the deadline dates.
June to December 2023Preparing for different tests like IELTS, TOEFL, and many more.
August to December 2024Starting to write SOPs and LORs. Preparing for necessary documentation that are required to complete the application processes.
December to July 2024Starting to submit application forms
April to July 2024Accepting offer letters and applying for UK Student Visa
July to August 2024Planning your trip to the UK

 

 

 

Detailed Timeline for all International Students


 

April to September 2023: 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 2023: 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 2023: 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 2023: 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 Zoom Abroad 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 2023: 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 2023: 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 2023 Application Deadlines for Admissions in the UK

EventsDeadlines (Tentative)
Deadline to apply for undergraduate courses30th June 2024
Last Date to Apply through UCAS Extra4th July. 2024
UCAS Clearing Opens5th July 2024
A-Level Result16th August 2023
Final Deadline23 February 2024

 

 

FAQs about Studying in the United Kingdom


Want to study in the United Kingdom but are concerned about the lifestyle, classroom environment, and transportation?
 

When everything appears to be similar in India, studying in the UK is a simple task for Indian students. The United Kingdom is home to the world's top, best, and most historically significant universities. In the United Kingdom, there are approximately 458,490 international students. That is why the United Kingdom is regarded as an international study destination. We understand that you have a million questions about student life. All of your questions will be answered by our Zoom Abroad study abroad consultants. We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions about studying in the United Kingdom.


Ques 1. What are the various types of degrees available in the UK?


Ans. The UK offers these degrees to international students at over 165 of its higher education institutions...

  • Bachelor's degrees or first-year courses in the arts and sciences that take three to four years to complete. These could include a brief thesis as well.
  • Sandwich programmes combine practical and classroom learning. You could complete two years of college, then a year of training, before returning to your final year.
  • The Higher National Diploma (HND) is a two-year programme in vocational subjects.
  • Vocational programmes allow you to ease into university life gradually. After completing your one or two-year programme, you can transfer to your preferred university in the United Kingdom.
  • Master's programmes typically last one year, or in some cases two years. The doctorate will take at least three years to complete.


Ques 2. What is the checklist of what to look out for while looking to study in the UK?

Ans.

  • When is the last date of application for the programme?
  • Do you meet entry requirements?
  • Do the tuition and accommodation fee fall in your budget range?
  • Are there options for financial aid?
  • Does the school have the kind of facilities you need for hands-on learning?
  • What do other students have to say about the school or the programme?
  • Are the programmes industry-relevant or research-centric?


 

Ques 3. What are the minimum IELTS/TOEFL scores that are accepted generally across UK institutions?


Ans. Well – if you’re applying for undergraduate study, you’ll need a minimum of 6.0 in your IELTS. However, few universities waive off IELTS as a requirement if you scored over 70% in the English subject under ICSE/ CBSE boards. For postgraduate application, you’ll have to score at least 6.5 (no band less than 6). Also bear in mind – top universities will generally have higher requirements to meet.  For more specifics, you will have to check the university websites you plan to apply to.


 

Ques 4. How to apply?  

Ans. At the undergrad level, you have to fill out the UCAS form. This is how it is for most undergraduate programmes in universities - with a few exceptions that let you apply directly. At the postgraduate level, you’ll need to fill out the application form from the university website that is specified for international students. Or get in touch with us, and we will give you a hand with the process- we have the kind of experience and expertise in the education industry like no one else.


Ques 5. What to know about the intake periods for UK universities?


Ans. The top universities in the UK complete intakes for most of their popular programmes by January. The remaining institutions have intakes open till April.  


Ques 6. Can I stay back UK after my education? If yes, how long? 


Ans. Until a few years back, international students could stay back only for 4 months after completing their programme. However, with the Graduate Route introduced in 2021, international students who successfully complete their undergraduate or postgraduate programme can stay back for 2 years. Students who complete their PhD can stay back for 3 years. There is also the Student Visa Pilot scheme, that ensures swifter student visa processing for international students looking to study masters courses in any of the 23 universities which are part of the scheme.

Some of the universities that are part of the scheme include: 

  • University of Oxford
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Bath 
  • Imperial College London
  • Cardiff University 
  • Queen’s University Belfast 
  • University of Warwick


To avoid hassles and unnecessary delays in the application process, keep all documents in one place. The September intake has the most seats available, which means the level of competition among candidates will be at its peak. Once you've been shortlisted and applied to universities in the United Kingdom, keep an eye on your email for any updates on your application. When you receive correspondence from universities, respond promptly and notify them of your admission decision within the deadlines. Furthermore, if you miss the September intake deadlines, you should be aware of other intakes in the UK.


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Saumya Singh
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Saumya is an enthusiastic reader with a keen inclination toward literature, academics, and marketing. Ideas, strategy, and impact are what keep her belief in marketing intact. Oh, and playing with content is her hobby.

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