The study abroad calendar every student must have!
Want to study abroad? Heres'a quick look at the annual calendar that includes everything from admission dates, visa processing cycle and the course commencement dates for the universities in 11 major study destinations.
The Study Abroad Admission Calendar 2013-14 is an attempt to provide the vital information to all study abroad aspirants on the major dates that need to keep in mind while applying for higher studies in various countries.
In the following pages, aspirants can view the complete details about the admission deadlines, visa processing cycle and the course commencement dates for the universities in 11 major study destinations.
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Study USA Calendar
The United States of America is one of the major study destinations for the students across the globe.
A good number of world’s best universities are in the US.
One needs good preparation to study in the US.
The preparation starts from finding the best university and course, confirming the admission to getting the visa.
The application process starts 12 to 18 months before you plan to begin studying in the US.
Fill up the application form between August and October.
The application submission usually closes by the end of February.
However, it is always better to apply beforehand in order to avoid last minute rush.
The final admission results will be out between March and May. The universities notify whether you have been selected or not by May.
US visa cycle
Students can apply within 120 days from the start date of I-20 and can travel within 30 days from the start date of I-20.
The Fall Semester for most of the courses in the US Universities starts in September/October.
Image: The Statue of Liberty, USA
Study UK Calendar
The United Kingdom is famous for the world’s oldest universities.
Many Indian students aim the Ivy League Universities such as Oxford and Cambridge.
One major reason for the Indian students to study in the UK is the multicultural experience.
The application procedure in UK Universities starts in the month of October in the previous year.
For example, if a student who wants to join a UK University for a course in 2014, he/she needs to apply in October 2013.
Last date for submission of application
The application deadline for UK universities is usually March.
The application deadline could be extended till June end for the international students. However, it is better to apply in advance so that you get enough time to arrange the funding etc.
UK visa cycle
The students can apply for the UK visa three months prior to the date of the beginning of semester.
The academic sessions in the UK Universities usually begin in the months of September and October.
Image: A man looks through a telescope opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, in central London
Photographs: Toby Melville/Reuters
Study Australia Calendar
Australia has become a favourite study destination for the Indian students for many reasons.
The top most among them is good quality education at a reasonable price.
There are many students who aim to study in Australia every year.
The application procedure in Australian Universities usually starts in February and ends in December.
The admission results in the universities in Australia for both undergraduate and post graduate courses will be out between November and January.
The universities will inform the students about their admission status no matter whether they are selected or not.
Australia visa cycle
The visa cycle for Australia begins in October and ends in December/January.
The academic session usually commences in February but depends upon the university also. Some universities now have mid-term intake in September as well.
Image: An aerial view of Sydney's Opera House and Circular Quay in the city's central business district.
Photographs: Mark Baker/Reuters
Study Japan Calendar
As the higher education trend has been changing over the years, Japan has become an interesting destination for the students to do their overseas education.
The application for various universities and institutes in Japan generally starts seven to eight months before the course commencing date.
Usually, there are four terms in which the sessions start in Japanese universities.
Students must be clear about the term s/he wants to join.
Japan visa cycle
Once the admission is confirmed, the student must apply for the visa four months prior to the starting of the semester in the University.
As mentioned earlier, the session in Japanese universities start in four terms in the months of January, April, July and October.
Image: The Tokyo Sky Tree, Japan
Study France Calendar
The number of Indian students choosing France as the study destination increased manifold over the years.
The country offers a variety of courses and number of scholarships for the international students.
The application process in the major universities in France starts in the month of February and March.
The application deadline in most universities in France is June.
Once the student gets confirmation on his/her admissions, the next step is to apply for the visa.
The student can apply for the visa three months before the starting of the academic session. It is always better to apply early in order to avoid the last minute rush.
The academic session in the universities and institutes in France starts in September.
Image: The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Photographs: Benh LIEU SONG/Wikimedia Commons
Study Russia Calendar
Russia is the favourite study destination for the students who want to pursue engineering and medicine.
The major reason is the availability of best education at the cheapest rate.
The standard of major Russian educational institutions is at par with the top universities in the US and the UK.
Studying in Russia has become an accessible dream for many.
Students can apply for a Russian student visa after they get the admission confirmation from the university or institute.
Students must ideally apply for the Russian student visa three months before the commencement of the course in order to avoid last minute rush.
The academic session in Russian universities and institutes begins in the month of September.
The academic session for a year is divided into two semesters.
The first semester is from September to January and the second semester is between February and June.
The exams for the first and second semesters will be held in the months of January and June respectively.
Students get holidays twice in an academic year -- once after the first semester, that is in January or February and the next in July or August.
Image: Saint Basile in Moscow, Russia
Photographs: Christophe Meneboeuf/Wikimedia Commons
Study Germany Calendar
Germany is a country that is famous for its engineering marvel.
Hence, it is also the most sought after destination for studying engineering courses.
Studying in Germany is a dream for many engineering aspirants in India.
In Germany, the academic session is divided into two semesters -- winter and summer.
A student who wishes to apply for the summer semester must complete the application procedure before January 15 and the student who wishes to apply for the winter semester must apply before July 15.
As soon as the student gets confirmation of admission from the university or the institute, s/he should start applying for a student visa.
It is always advisable to apply for the German student visa three months before the classes commence.
As mentioned above, there are two academic sessions in the German universities.
The winter semester starts in the month of October and the summer semester starts in the month of April.
Image: The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany
Photographs: Thomas Wolf/Wikimedia Commons
Study Singapore Calendar
Studying in Singapore interests Indian students because it is one of the closest countries -- it will take you only four hours to reach there.
Apart from that, the other major reasons for Singapore being a favourite study destination is that the availability of good quality education at an affordable cost.
There are many major courses offered by many top universities in Singapore that attracts students from across the globe.
The application deadline for the major Singapore universities and institutes is March.
Once the student gets confirmation from the university on his/her admission, the next major step is to get the student visa.
The students must apply for the Singapore visa at least two months prior to the commencement of the classes.
However, the students must not apply for visa six months before the starting of the academic session.
The academic session for both undergraduate and post graduate programmes in the Singapore universities and institutes starts in August.
Image: People sit on the steps near the Merlion, in Singapore's financial district
Photographs: Alywin Chew/Reuters
Study Canada Calendar
Canada is becoming an interesting study overseas destination for students from across the world especially for the wide range of post graduate programmes it offers.
The application start date in various universities and institutes in Canada varies.
Usually, the application procedure starts 15 to 18 months prior to commencement of the classes in the universities.
A student who wishes to get into the top universities in Canada must apply at least 10-12 months before the programme commences.
The visa process normally takes three to four weeks.
Students must ideally apply for a Canadian visa at least two months before their course commences so that there will be no complications in getting the visa on time.
The session in the Canadian Universities starts in September.
The academic session is divided into two terms -- the first is from September to December and the second is from January to April.
There are a number of summer courses offered by various Canadian Universities during the months of May to August that you can avail of.
Image: Peace Tower at Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Photographs: D Gordon E Robertson/Wikimedia Commons
Study Ireland Calendar
Ireland has very recently joined the league of countries that are the most favourite study destinations for the students from across the world.
Studying in Ireland is attracting students' attention especially because of the internship opportunities offered by the universities and institutes there.
The application for both undergraduate and post graduate courses closes at least four months before the commencement of the academic year.
The last step to complete the application process to start your studies in a foreign university is obtaining the visa. Students must apply for an Ireland visa at least eight to ten weeks before the date of departure.
The academic session in most of the universities and institutes in Ireland starts in the month of September. However, there are certain courses that start in February.
Image: Puente Father Mathew bridge in Dublin Ireland
Photographs: Barcex/Wikimedia Commons
Study New Zealand Calendar
Studying in New Zealand has become a trend among the students from different parts of the world as the country offers a range of courses in more than 100 subject areas.
Generally, the admission procedure in all the major universities and institutes start 12 to 13 months before the commencement of the classes.
The students who wish to get into the best universities in New Zealand must apply at least four months before the starting of the classes.
Once the admission in a university/ institute is confirmed, the candidate must apply for a student visa. It is advisable to apply for the visa at least three months before the date of departure to the host country.
The academic session of the major Universities and institutes for both post graduate and under graduate courses start in the months of September/October.
Image: New Zealand