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What are the upcoming intakes for USA?

Know all about the intakes available in the USA

Unlike a single intake in Indian universities, American colleges and universities offer three intakes. In some universities, intakes may also be referred to as a semester. The three intakes available in the US are:

  • Fall: A popular intake among Indian students, The Fall intake starts in the month of September
  • Spring: Starts in the January; it’s best if you miss the September intake
  • Summer: Available for limited programs and colleges, the Summer intake usually starts around May   

Which intake to opt for?

It can get a bit confusing to choose the intake that’s best for you. Consider factors like the availability of your preferred program, your academic records, entrance test scores, acceptance rates, job opportunities and your readiness to join the program whilst making a decision.

Here’s an overview of the intakes and their duration in American universities and colleges:




Fall Term

From August to December

Spring Term

From January to April

Summer Term

From May to August

*Intakes vary basis institution and your program. Please speak with your IDP counsellor for more information.

While most Indian students prefer the Fall intake, Spring and Summer intakes are equally good for certain programs. We suggest, if you do not have your score cards ready, it’s better to skip the haste and apply for the next intake. 




Opportunities in terms of scholarships 

As the academic year starts during this time, so you can get more opportunities in terms of scholarships and better networking options with other students

Lesser opportunities as most of the scholarships and funding are availed during the start of the academic year

Courses Options

Universities offer a broad range of courses options to choose in fall intake

A comparatively limited number of courses are offered by universities in spring intake

Part-time work opportunities 

More opportunities available on-campus, more research or teacher assistant jobs available during fall intake

As you may start in mid of the year , the opportunities to work on campus and an as a researcher are slightly lesser

Leadership position in social groups

As all the social group are made since the starting of the year so it's easier for a fall student to lead that particular group

In the spring semester, it would be difficult to show your real potential as a leader as a social group are already made

Internship opportunities  

Fall students can easily apply for internship opportunities as they easily meet the 9 months criteria before applying

Spring students face the eligibility problem of 9 months enrollment condition to intern with any company as an intern  

Post study work opportunities

More options for the jobs are available with a fall student as universities placement drive starts during that time 

A limited number of job options are available as most of the fall applicants have already been employed by companies 

Missed the last intake? Here’s a timeline for the upcoming intake!

Note: Given the current COVID-19 situation, there might be some changes in the 2020/2021 intakes. Don’t worry, our international education experts are here to guide you with the latest updates to help you apply to your desired course and institution. Feel free to connect with our experts for a free counselling session and keep posted about the latest COVID- 19 updates. 

Updated on July 6, 2020

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