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How Early Should You Apply: Study Intakes for Australia, Canada and UK Institutions

If you're hoping to study abroad, here’s something you need to know. There are various processes for applying to overseas institutions from different countries.

You’ll have to compile academic and language proficiency documents for your application and may need to write a personal statement, prepare a portfolio or sit for admissions tests depending on the course you’re applying for.

At this point, you might have loads of questions running through your mind, including…

  • What’s the application deadline?
  • When are the intakes?
  • How do I apply?

We demystify the process of applying to overseas institutions and walk you through all that you need to know in order to start your study abroad journey.

When Do You Start Applying To Overseas Institutions?

The application deadlines depend on a few factors such as which country you’re

applying to, which intake you are applying for and if the application is to an early deadline course.

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We’ve outlined the relevant application timeframes for Australia, Canada and UK in the

following sections, so read on to find out more.

Intakes for Australian Institutions

For those applying to Australian institutions, you’ll require academic documents (transcripts and certificates), IELTS score sheet or english proficiency test result, aptitude test result, design portfolio, two reference letters, personal statement, passport copy, resume and course syllabus for credit transfer assessment.

In Australia, most institutions generally have two intakes in February and July, with some institutions offering intakes also in September and November. For international students, admission

deadlines are as follows:



Semester 1 (February intake)

October – November

Semester 2 (July intake)


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This differs from institution to institution, but, Australian institutions normally

take four to six weeks to process your application.

If you’re hoping to study in Australia, you’ll want to play it safe, and start preparing for your study plan and applications seven months prior to when admissions close.

Intakes for Canada Institutions

When it comes to applying to Canada institutions, you’ll be required to prepare

documents like a language proficiency results such as IELTS, complete course application and proof of identification. If you require assessment of non-standard qualifications or are looking for credit transfer, you will need to get an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) by a designated organisation.

If you’re unsure or need reassurance when it comes to applying, simply make an appointment

with one of our friendly counsellors who’ll provide free advice and even give you study abroad

tips. This applies to other destinations like Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK.

In general, Canada has three intakes:

Canada University/College Intakes







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Here’s a quick overview of the varying intakes and deadlines for universities and colleges in Canada:




University (UG/PG)

Fall – September

December – March

University (UG/PG)

Winter – January

September – November

College (Diploma/UG/PG)

Fall - August/September

February - April

College (Diploma/UG/PG)

Winter - January


College (Diploma/UG/PG)

Spring/Summer - May


Intakes for UK Institutions

Most UK institutions will require your personal statement when you send in your application. Although there are no standardised tests, but some courses may require a portfolio or admissions test or even an IELTS result to be included with your application.

The application deadline for University of Oxford, University of Cambridge and for most courses in medicine, veterinary medicine/science and dentistry is 15 October.

After 15 October, the next application deadline for the Autumn intake is 15 January and subsequently 30 June for all undergraduate courses, except those with the 15 October deadline.

Many undergraduate and postgraduate courses have a Spring intake as well for students who have missed the Autumn intake.

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In general, the UK has two intakes:

Intake for UK Institutions

Autumn intake


Spring intake


In general UK institutions are fairly flexible with their admissions deadline with the exception of the early deadline courses. It is recommended that you check on the additional non-standard entry requirements for the programme of your choice in advance of your application.

If you wish to further your studies in the UK you should think about allocating two to three months to go from completing the application process and to getting an offer from the institution. Upon accepting the offer you will proceed to fee payment, visa application and onwards to your UK education journey.

Study Abroad and Experience Life in Another Country

Here at IDP, we’ll walk you through the process of

applying to study overseas, including:

  • Giving you advice on what course to take
  • Applying for your course and student visa
  • Preparing for your departure

If you’re keen to do a little bit of research on your own, try out IDP’s unique course search tool

( today.

Discover your desire to pursue your studies abroad at the IDP Study Abroad Exhibition in October 2022.

Happening on 14th October (UK Virtual Fair) & 16th October (ANZ Virtual Fair). Also, from 1st till 11th October Study Abroad Exhibition (Physical event).

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