Applying to University in 2020: The Deadlines Your Students Need to Know 

We've updated our applications calendar so that you and your students are ready for the most important international university deadlines for 2020

2020 is proving to be yet another busy year for students applying to university. 

Whatever stage your students are at in their university application journey, it's safe to say that 2020 will be filled with more of the following.  

  • A multitude of application deadlines for universities and courses in countries all over the world.
  • The release of key essay prompts and questions for the 2020/21 application cycle.
  • Further changes to standardised tests for international university admissions. 

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There are a lot of dates for your diary. So here’s our round-up of some of the key dates and milestones for 2020, with links to useful resources to help you plan your year in guidance.


It’s safe to say 2020 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.

Below are some of the most notable January deadlines, with links to resources to help you and your students.

January 1

???????? 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 university deadlines. 

January 15th

????????????????????????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.

January 17th

This is a significant deadline for Canadian students applying to McMaster, Ottowa, Waterloo and Western universities (among several others) from within the same province 

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. 


February brings more global university deadlines, especially for a large majority of US and Canadian institutions. Highlights in February include:

February 1st and 15th

???????? These are two more dates where large numbers of US universities require prospective students to submit their final applications. Specifically, there are a number of deadlines for a number of private and state institutions, including Ohio State and University of Michigan. 

???????? February 1st & 15th are also deadline days for a number of Canadian universities with international deadlines. These include Concordia and Montreal. 

???????? Students wishing to study in Ireland need to submit their applications by February 1st.

???????? French universities also 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

February 25th

???????? UCAS Extra opens in the UK. This allows students who have received no offers from their initial five choices to apply for a further course. UCAS Extra is open until July.

February 28th

???????? Teachers and counselors with students applying to Canadian universities be aware – this is another notable deadline day.


March 1

Deadlines on this day:

???????? ???????? US state and private universities,  as well as in-province applications for Canadian universities, including Montreal, UNBC and McGill. 

????????Deadline day for EU/EEA students looking to apply for university in Norway,

???????? For applicants to Estonia, be aware that applications for EU students open in March (Estonian applicants from outside the EU/EEA have earlier deadlines, so check these carefully).

March 9th

???????? This is the first of several SAT test deadlines for your students who are applying to university in the US. 

March 15th

???????? If you have students applying for a Bachelor’s programme in Denmark, then this is the final day to submit applications.

March 31

???????? Students who have applied to university in the UK can expect to receive most of their offers by this date (if they met the 15th January deadline).

The rest of March…

???????? Similarly, if you have students applying to US universities, they can expect to start hearing back from their chosen destinations starting in March.

???????? For students applying to university in Singapore, several Singapore institutions have final deadlines this month.


April 1

???????? Further US application deadlines,

???????? A number of important Canadian university deadlines for international applicants.

???????? Deadline day for several research universities in the Netherlands.

April 30th

For those of you teaching the IB curriculum, this is the commencement date for the IB summer exams, which continue throughout the month of May. 

The rest of April…

???????? April will also see results from US applications continuing to roll in.

???????? Applications open for students wishing to study in Latvia. The majority of Latvian universities are accepting applications through to June.

???????? For your students who may wish to apply for July entry to an Australian university, April and May are the two months where they should be finalising their applications.


May 1st

???????? If your students received their offers for a UK university by 31st March, then May 1st is their deadline for accepting these offers.

???????? Any late paper applications for students applying in Ireland must be sent by today.

May 2nd

???????? Another important milestone for your UK students – all UK universities should have replied to students who submitted their applications before the 15th January.

May 4th

???????? If you have students who are taking the SATs for US university admission, there is another round of tests on May 4th for candidates living outside the USA.



???????? The month wherein most A-level exams are sat, and most of the major UK exam boards have now published their provisional or final timetables.

???????? ???????? ???????? Meanwhile for European university applications, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are three countries with final deadlines across June.

🇪🇸 The first week of June is also the deadline for students who are applying to a university in Spain

June 1

???????? Another round of SAT tests for relevant US students.

June 30th

???????? This is an important cut off date for students applying through UCAS. If students apply to any university after this date, UCAS will automatically put these applications into Clearing.


July 4th

???????? For students who may have chosen to apply to a UK university through UCAS Extra (see February), this is the last day that UCAS will accept submissions.

July 5th

If your students took IB exams in the May session, then their results are released today. This is a crucial time for IB students, as these results of course affect students’ eligibility for their chosen universities and courses. IB students are able to access their results a day later, on the 6th July.

July 15th

???????? If your students are applying in Germany, then this is the final deadline for submission.


???????? The end of August and beginning of September is the busiest time of year in the UK application cycle, as UK universities closely align their decision-making with the publication of A-level results in the middle of the month.

August 15th

???????? A-levels are published today, meaning that students taking A-level exams will be in a position to know whether they have gained entry to universities where they have a conditional offer.

If students don’t have the necessary grades to get into their chosen course, then they can enter what is known as Clearing.

Students have until October to add Clearing choices to their list, and for universities to make their decisions.

Also in August….

???????? For those applying to German universities, students can expect to receive offers from destinations where they have been successful.


September is a watershed month for university admissions in a number of countries. If everything has gone well, your 2019/20 students will hopefully be on their way to the university of their choice. If they have been unsuccessful, then they may be considering alternative university destinations, or re-applying in the next year.

In many countries, it will now be the the turn of the next cohort of students to start gearing up for applying to potential post-secondary destinations.

September 12th 

???????? A crucial date for student who want to take the ACT standardised test. 

September 18th

???????? For students taking the UCAT exam to study Medicine in the UK, registration to take the test will close today.

September 20th

???????? The absolute final day for any UK university applications with 2019 deadlines. UCAS stipulates that any applications must reach them by 6pm (UK time).

Also in September…

🇪🇸 For students who hope to apply to university in Spain, this is the final week for degree courses beginning in the autumn/fall semester (starting in October). 

???????? If you have students with any aspirations to study a medicine, dentistry or veterinary degree in the UK in September 2020, then they will need to have begun work on their UCAS Personal Statement by the beginning of September.

???????? Students applying to Oxford or Cambridge must also be preparing their UCAS applications.

???????? Likewise, students who are applying to US universities and are thinking about Early Decision/Early Action deadlines should be thinking about their Common App, Coalition and supplemental essays where relevant.

???????? Universities in Australia will be taking applications for entry to university in February, with many application deadlines culminating October-December.


For students applying in the 2019/20 application cycle, October is the first major deadline for students applying to the UK.

October 1st 

????????This is the UCAS Conservatoires deadline for music courses. Applications must reach UCAS by 6pm (UK time). 

October 3rd

????????For any international students looking to take the SAT admissions test, this is the first of several anticipated test dates for the 2020-21 academic year. Students taking the test today can expect to receive their results online on October 18th. 

October 6th

????????This is the last day that students can take the UCAT test for entry to a medical degree at a UK university. 

October 15th

???????? For students applying to the UK, the first of the major application deadlines for 2019/20 arrives today. As we mentioned above, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary degrees, as well as Oxford and Cambridge, ask that students submit their applications in October.

This means that all aspects of the UCAS application – Personal Statement, school reference and student’s university choices- need to be sent to UCAS by this date.

October 22nd

???????? For any of your students from 2018/19 who applied to UK university through Clearing, this is the final day that UCAS are accepting applications.

October 30th

????????This is the test date to take the BMAT test, an entrance exam used by some UK and international universities for entry to study a medical degree.

Also in October…

???????? Be mindful that some Australian universities will continue to have application deadlines for their February 2020 intake.


???????? November is another early application deadline, this time for students who are submitting applications for the US. Meanwhile, UK students who have submitted their UCAS applications to Oxford and Cambridge can expect to notified as to whether they’ve been invited for interview.

 November 1st

????????November 1st is one of two Early Decision and Action deadlines for students applying to the United States. Some notable colleges with Early Decision/Early Action deadlines today include Dartmouth, Cornell, Princeton, Cal Tech, University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University. 

.Your students should apply to a university through Early Decision if they know they definitely want to attend this particular institution. 

Because Early Decision applications are binding, students working towards the November Early Decision deadline must have done the necessary research and preparation prior to submitting. November is one of the first of two major Early Decision deadlines – Early Decision II deadlines are early in 2020. 

November 2nd 

????????Another test date for international students looking to take the SAT for the 2019-20 academic year. 

November 15th 

????????This is the second of two Early Decision/Early Action deadlines for students applying in the USA. 

November 22nd 

????????Students who took the BMAT test on October 30th can expect to receive their results today. 

The rest of November…

???????? November 1 to November 30th is the application window for students applying to college through the University of California state system.

???????? Expect this month to be another busy one for students applying for the February intake at a range of Australian universities. Depending on the institution, some students can also start to receive Confirmation of Enrolment letters if their application has been successful.

???????? UK Oxbridge applicants can expect to begin receiving invitations to interview in November, and interviews will continue to be held through December and into early January.


By December, your students should be finalising applications for a number of important 2020 deadlines, especially if they are applying to US, UK, Australian and select European universities. In the run-up to Christmas 2019, it’s helpful to strategize the following with your students.

???????? Finalising UCAS applications for UK universities on 15th January 2020.

???????? Common App & Coalition submissions, along with supplemental essays for US universities.

???????? Interviews for Oxbridge applicants in your school will continue through December.

???????? For those students applying to Australia, a number of notable universities will most likely have their deadlines this month. These include National University Australia, Melbourne University and Western Australia.

🇪🇸 If you have any students who are submitting applications to Spanish universities, then the first week of December is the final deadline for commencing a degree course in February 2021. 

Some notable dates and deadlines in December include:  

December 5th 

????????The final SAT test deadline for international students in 2020. 

December 12th 

????????The final ACT test date for students wishing to take this standardised test in 2020. 

December 15th 

????????A worthwhile date in the diary for Australian applicants. This is the deadline day for international students wishing to apply for Semester 1 entry to Australian National University. 

Don’t forget to keep checking our website as we publish more in-depth guides to the some of the different national university systems, as well as a whole host of hints and tips to help you prepare your students as they research and apply to universities all over the world.

If you want an instant, easy to use reference guide to all the major university deadlines in 2020-21, download your free BridgeU calendar below. 

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