Do you want to study abroad, but have missed the September intake application deadline? Don’t worry, because you won’t have to waste another year before enrolling for college. Here’s a takeaway: It’s always better to start well in advance, so use this as a head-start to prepare a strong application for the January intake.

What is January intake?

Most US, UK, and Canadian schools have two intake periods. The Fall semester begins in late August or early September and ends in late December or early January, whereas the Spring semester begins in January and ends in early May. The Fall intake is preferred by most Indian students because Bachelor’s programmes finish in June, which provides enough time to kickstart a Master’s programme in September. For Indian students who don’t manage to get their September application in on time, January intake is the more flexible option. Moreover, Indian students who’ve missed the September deadline get enough of a buffer period to plan their finances for January intake, and can avail of the benefits from the education loan SchoolApply provides. To learn more, you can read about our student loan option here.

What course options are available in January?

Most universities offer a wide variety of course options for their Fall intake. Although the options for courses available are slightly limited for January intake, there is still an abundance of exciting courses to choose from. Indian students interested in pursuing engineering courses will be pleased to know that many UK, and US schools accept international admissions for engineering courses in January intake. Explore all possible options available to you and various courses on offer, as there may very well be a way that you can take the course of your choice in the Spring semester.

When should you start the application process?

“The early bird catches the worm” - This old saying applies perfectly to the application process  because the earlier you begin, the better your chances of securing a spot! We understand how lengthy and stressful the application process can get, and the best way to get through it is to begin early so that you keep all the stress at bay, and have all the required documents with you on time. Moreover, it is better to start early to ensure that you get your visa application in on time. Applying for visas is a process in and of itself, so give yourself enough time to prepare the necessary documentation and planning for the interview process. Also, certain popular courses like engineering and business tend to fill up very quickly. Remember: It’s better to start as early as possible to reserve your spot.

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When is the deadline?

University application deadlines vary from school to school, and many accept students on a first come, first serve basis. Bear in mind that submitting your application no later than November is your safest bet, but ensure that you know exactly when the January intake deadline for the school of your preference is, and how they run their acceptance program.

Some universities that offer January 2018 deadlines, include: Nipissing University, Centennial College, and Regent’s University London, so apply now!

About the Author: Tessa Cunliffe is a South African based digital copywriter and marketer, with a passion for travel and learning. Yoga-inspired and coffee-fuelled. Always planning the next adventure.

Co-AuthorMustafa Sutarwala, originally from Mumbai, India lives in the UAE and studied marketing in Dubai. He currently works as the creative Ninja for SchoolApply's content team.