Deadlines and documents

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There are some key dates you need to know, such as when to apply, when you will receive decisions on your application, and when you will need to reply to these decisions.

If you are applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at any university or college, you need to know what deadlines they have set.


For undergraduate courses starting in September/October, the main application deadline is 15 January.

For postgraduate courses starting in September/October, the main application deadline is May-April. Please check the portal for any changes to these dates.

There are some exceptions: most professional courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine/science require applications by 15 October a year before you intend to start your studies.

Don’t forget that a written reference needs to be added to your application form, so to avoid any stress, make sure the person writing your reference (usually a teacher or tutor) has enough time to write their part of your application.

Missed the deadline?

If you want to maximise your chances of being accepted onto your chosen study programme, it is advisable to submit your application by the date specified. If you miss this deadline, many universities and colleges (though not those in Denmark or Sweden) will continue to accept applications from international students until June. But keep in mind that applications submitted before the deadline will be considered first. Late applications will only be considered if the study programme still has places available. In other words, missing the deadline significantly reduces your chances of being admitted to your first choice.

You can start filling in your application now. It's worth starting early to give yourself plenty of time to complete all that's required.You can start filling in your application now. It's worth starting early to give yourself plenty of time to complete all that's required. Still looking for a course? Click here to browse thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.


Below are listed the documents that are typically required for acceptance onto bachelor and master degree programmes. The documents must be high-quality scans and clearly readable. Most universities print hard copies, so we suggest that you try printing a scanned document to check that everything is clearly visible. If a document is unreadable, the university will ask you to resend it, delaying the application process.


If you are afraid of getting lost among so many documents, we will help you out.


Bachelor degree studies

  • Personal identification (can be a passport or ID card) – preferably with at least two years to go before expiry.
  • For high school graduates – a school-leaving certificate and school-leaving certificate supplement. If you start the application process while you are still in your final year, you will have to send the diploma and all its supplements as soon as you get them. The twelfth class certificate and its accessories must be sent as soon as you get them.
  • For those still in high school – you need to provide your grade transcript containing your scores/results/marks over the last three years. Your final year transcript should also be sent when it becomes available.
  • Results of language proficiency test – an IELTS or TOEFL test is usually required.
  • Motivation letter – tips on how to write a cover letter can be found here.
  • Recommendation letter – you must have at least one recommendation. Contact details must also be supplied for your referee. Ideally, the recommendation will be written by someone who knows you in an academic capacity, but it can also be obtained from an employer.
  • Additional documents – any supporting documents relating to your extracurricular activities,  examples of your work, etc.



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