Applying to University in 2019: The Deadlines Your Students Need to Know

2019 is set to be another busy year in school guidance, with a lot of international deadlines to consider. Luckily our month-by-month guide gives you all the dates you need to know.

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2019 hasn’t even arrived but one thing is certain: it’s going to be another busy year if you have students applying to university.

You might have students eagerly awaiting offers and acceptances from destinations they’ve already applied to, or students taking those first tentative steps towards university application in 2019/20. Whatever stage your students are at in their post-secondary journey, the next twelve months in university and careers guidance are going to be filled by any and all of the following.

  • A multitude of application deadlines for universities and courses in countries all over the world.
  • Reforms to secondary school curricula which will in turn affect your students’ eligibility to university.
  • Forthcoming changes to universities’ entry requirements
  • The release of key essay prompts and questions for the 2019/20 application cycle.

There are a lot of dates for your diary. So here’s our round-up of some of the key dates and milestones for 2019, with links to useful resources to help you plan your year in guidance.

Click on the relevant month to see what deadlines are coming up across 2019…

January

It’s safe to say 2019 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.

Note: January is a very common month for finalising and submitting applications to universities all over the world. If you have students applying internationally, double check any impending deadlines carefully!

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

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

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).

 

Bonus Resource: For a more in-depth guide to planning your guidance calendar for every year in your school, download your free Counselor’s Guide, complete with guidance tips for students of all ages

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

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.

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

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.

May 6th

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

June

🇬🇧 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.

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

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.

August

🇬🇧 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

September is a watershed month for university admissions in a number of countries. If everything has gone well, your 2018/19 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.

Note: some of the final deadlines for the 2019/20 season have not been set yet. But, based on previous application cycles, it’s possible to give a rough estimate of some of the key deadlines and milestones as 2019 draws to a close.

Changes to the IB curriculum

September 2019 will most likely see proposed changes to the IB Diploma Programme rolled out. The IB have outlined a number of changes to their Literature and Maths programmes which could have a bearing on future university applications.

  • The Maths curriculum will be changed to incorporate more critical thinking and mathematical analysis based work. It’s hoped that these new modules will better equip students for the problem solving skills needed for future employment.
  • Changes to Literature and Language will, among other things, give students and teachers more choice over which texts are studied, and encourage students to think more about language and literature in a global context.

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).

Bonus Resource: For a more in-depth guide to planning your guidance calendar for every year in your school, download your free Counselor’s Guide, complete with guidance tips for students of all ages

Also in September…

🇬🇧 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 are taking applications for entry to university in February, with many application deadlines culminating October-December.

 

October

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

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.

Also in October…

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

November

🇬🇧 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/15th

🇺🇸 These two dates are the common deadlines for students applying to the US through Early Decision. 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.

The rest of November…

🇦🇺 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.

December

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.

 

Here at BridgeU, we’ll be publishing a number of useful resources and guides to help you through the next 12 months.

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.

We’ll be back with regular blog updates in January 2019. It’s going to be another busy year, and we can’t wait to get started!

Looking for more tips and insights to help inform your guidance strategy in 2019? Download your free Counselor’s Survival guide and learn more about managing deadlines, getting parents invested in your strategy, and so much more!

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