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Getting a clear understanding of different intakes offered by universities in the UK is important. In this blog, we’ll cover everything you need to know about spring intake in the UK.

Different Intakes

Unlike universities in India, higher education institutes in the UK offer multiple intakes. In general, two major intakes are Spring intake and Fall intake. There’s also an additional intake called Summer intake, offered by a few universities.

  • Fall intake is the most popular intake with the application period starting in early September. The deadline for the application sits anywhere between February and May of that academic year. Fall intake attracts the highest number of applicants. Owing to more applications, the competition is relatively high as well. (Fall intake is also called autumn intake.)
  • Spring intake is a secondary intake with the application period starting somewhere in January. The application deadline sits between June and September. This is essentially a phase for students who missed admission during the Fall intake. In comparison, fewer courses are offered. Since they missed the September intake, students get more time for preparation in the Spring intake.
  • The third intake is the Summer intake. It usually takes place in the month of May and the deadline ends in two months. Many universities in the UK don’t really offer this intake. And for those who do, not many courses are available. So, it’s recommended that you don’t rely on this intake and instead focus on Spring and Autumn intakes where the chances of getting admission to your dream university, for the preferred program, are the highest.

Spring Intake

Again, the Spring intake in the UK occurs in January and February; the deadline usually falls between the month of June and September. If you’re planning to apply to universities for this intake, you need to start preparing well in advance.

So, for example, if you were aiming for the January 2023 intake, the preparation should have ideally started in May 2022. This is the time when you should look for prospective universities and check out their courses as well as admission requirements.

By August 2022, you should have appeared for all the standardized tests as required by the prospective universities.

Between August and September 2022, you should have started applying to the universities you have shortlisted. By the end of October 2022, you would likely hear from universities whether or not your application is accepted. If accepted, the next step would be to apply for a student visa and Education loan (if needed). If everything goes well, by the end of December 2022, you would likely be in the UK, ready to start the semester in January 2023.

(Note: The months mentioned here are just for your reference. When and how you should take a certain action will entirely depend on the application deadlines of the universities you’re applying to. So, be aware of all the important dates and then make your timeline accordingly.)

Have questions?

Whether you’re applying for the January 2022 intake and need help OR you have some questions and need answers, reach out to overseas education consultants. Get help from experts and solidify your chances of getting admission to a top university in the UK to start your semester in January 2023.

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