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What are study abroad intakes?

Know all about admissions and intakes abroad

If you’re planning to study abroad, then you should know that the universities and colleges overseas have various intakes in the academic year. Thus, when you apply for any of the universities in countries like Australia, UK, Ireland, Canada, USA, or New Zealand, you can choose from more than one intake each year. For instance, if you missed the September intake this year, you can always try for the next intake in January instead of waiting for a complete one year.

What are the different kinds of intakes?

Most universities and colleges abroad offer two intakes – Fall and Spring. The fall intake usually starts in September whereas as the Spring intake begins in January. Some universities and colleges also offer a minor intake in Summer that begins in April.

Intakes may vary based on the program and institution. In certain institutions, intakes may also be referred to as terms or semesters. You must always check the official website of your preferred institution to confirm the available intake.

Which intake should you apply for?

When choosing which intake to opt for, it is important to consider the availability of your preferred program, your academic records, entrance test scores, acceptance rates, job opportunities and your readiness on joining the course.

We recommend that you start with your applications at least 10-12 months before the date of commencement of your program. For the Fall semester, ensure to have your score by April and for Spring, start no later than August.

Know more about the upcoming intakes in top study abroad destinations

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Can’t decide which intake to choose? Come and visit your nearest IDP office and we will help you make the right decision. All our counselling sessions are free, and our experienced counsellors help you with the university and course selection, application procedure, offer letters, visa process and pre-departure briefings.

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