It’s safe to say 2021 hits the ground running. January is the month with the highest volume of application deadlines for some of the most popular university countries in the world.
Specifically, applications to study at university in the UK, United States, Canada, Hong Kong and in various EU countries are due before the end of January.
US university applications due for students applying through Regular Decision. A number of highly ranked US universities will also have deadlines on January 2nd, January 3rd, January 5th and January 10th
Notable US university deadlines around this period include Harvard, Brown, Cornell, Georgetown, Amherst College, Princeton, Stanford, as well as a number of state universities.
This is a significant deadline for a number of universities, including UK universities (through the UCAS system), and some US and Canadian institutions.
In the US, this includes a number of state universities such as Florida, Oregon, Denver, Delaware and Georgia.
If you’re an international applicant looking to study in Canada, then McGill, Sherbrooke and University of Columbia have deadlines on January 15th.
This is also the deadline for applications to Swedish universities.
January 15th is also deadline day for universities in the Netherlands for programmes which fall under ‘numerus fixus’ – these are courses with a limited number of places available.
For 2020 graduating students applying to German universities, this is also the deadline to apply for March entry.
French universities require their students to have submitted their DAP – “Demande d’Admission Préalable” (a request for admission for students of nationalities outside the EU). French university applications are accepted until April.
The rest of January...
Students applying to university in Finland have until the end of the month to finish their applications.
A number of institutions in Hong Kong and Canada also have deadlines this month.
UCAS applicants to Oxford and Cambridge can also expect to receive decisions on their applications by the end of January.
If you have students who applied to a US university through Early Decision, then several institutions will be sending out notifications across January.