Applying to University in 2023: The Dates and 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 the 2022-23 academic year and beyond.

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University deadlines are generally front of mind throughout the academic year. They're particularly prominent as new academic years begin - so, too, does university application season!

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

  • A multitude of university deadlines in countries all over the world.
  • The release of key essay prompts and questions for the 2023-24 application cycle.
  • A variety of final exams, coursework and standardised tests.

There are a lot of key dates for your diary, especially if you work with multiple year groups/grades. Start at the beginning of the academic year or get up to speed by diving  straight to January

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September 2022

September is a watershed month for university admissions in a number of countries. If everything has gone well, your 2021-22 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 turn of the next cohort of students to start gearing up for applying to potential post-secondary destinations.

September 15th

???????? This is a popular day for university deadlines for graduating students applying in France, if they want to start in the spring semester.

September 22nd

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

Also in September...

🇪🇸 For students who hope to apply to university in Spain, this is ta common deadline month 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 2022, then they will need to work on their applications so they're on track to submit them in mid-October. 

???????? 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.

October 2022

For students applying in the 2022-23 application cycle, October is the first of the major university deadlines for students applying to the UK.

October 3rd

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

October 15th

???????? For students applying to the UK, the first of the major application deadlines for 2022-23 arrives today. As we mentioned above, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary degrees, as well as Oxford and Cambridge, ask that students submit their applications by mid-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 18th

After taking place in November over COVID-19, the BMAT examination, used by some UK and international universities for entry to study a medical degree, is back to its usual October assessment date. 

Also in October...

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

Students taking the IB will be working hard this month, with exams taking place during the end October and the beginning of November.

November 2022

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 be notified as to whether they’ve been invited for an interview.

November 1st

???????? November 1st is one of two Early Decision and Action deadlines for students applying to the United States.

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 2023.

November 15th

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

The rest of November…

???????? October 1st 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, with interviews held in December.

December 2022

December 1st

🇪🇸 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 2023.

???????? December 1st is also a popular deadline for universities in Hong Kong

The rest of December...

???????????????? For US and UK applicants, students should be finalising their applications over the Christmas/winter break, in preparation for meeting January deadlines.

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

???????? A number of Norwegian universities may close their university applications in December, so students should check universities’ entry requirements carefully.

???????? For those students applying to Australia, a number of notable universities will most likely have their deadlines this month.

January 2023

It’s safe to say 2023 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.

January 1st

???????? US university applications are due for students applying through Regular Decision. A number of highly ranked US universities will also have deadlines throughout January.

January 2nd

Any students who sat IB exams in October/November will be receiving their results today.

January 3rd

???????????????? Popular deadline for Canadian and Finnish universities. 

January 15th

???????????????? This is another significant deadline for a number of universities in the US and Canada.

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 2022 graduating students applying to German universities, this is also the deadline to apply for March entry.

January 17th

???????? A popular deadline date for some French universities, with a second deadline (depending on the university or the degree), in April.

January 25th

???????? Applications for all UCAS undergraduate courses to UK universities (except those with an October deadline) should be sent by 6:00pm UK time.

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 2023

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 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.

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

February 2rd

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

March 2023

March 1st

????????????????????????Many universities in the US, Canada, and Singapore have deadlines on this day.

???????? March 1st is also deadline day for EU/EEA students looking to apply for university in Norway.

March 15th

???????? If you have students applying for a Bachelor’s programme in Denmark, then this is a popular deadline day.

The rest of March...

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

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

April 2023

April 1st

???????????????????????????????? Once again, the first of the month is a popular deadline day for a number of US and Canadian universities. It’s also a popular deadline for universities in France and the Netherlands. 

The rest of April...

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

???????? 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.

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

For students sitting the IB (May exam cycle), most exams will begin in late April.

May 2023

May 1st

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

???????? Another common deadline for students applying to the Netherlands. Regardless whether the application deadline for their chosen university has been delayed, all students must have set up their StudieLink account by this date.

The rest of May...

For those of you teaching the IB curriculum, IB summer exams continue throughout the month of May.

June 2023

June 1st

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

???????? German university applications also open for October entry.

June 8th

???????? For students who have applied through UCAS, June 8th is the final day for students to respond to their university offers. 

The rest of June...

???????? June is the month wherein most A-Level exams are sat.

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

July 2023

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.

???????? The publication of IB results also ties in with the opening of UCAS Clearing. UK universities will start to release any places they have left on their courses.

July 15th

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

August 2023

August marks two key milestones for the most popular destination countries, the US and the UK.

While many US universities open for the next admissions cycle in August, in the UK it’s time to focus on the current year's graduates - as many UK universities closely align their decision-making with the publication of A-Level results in the middle of the month.

August 1st

???????? On August 1st, Common App traditionally opens its doors, meaning 2024 applicants will be able to create their account, add colleges, and start work on their essays and applications.

August 17th

???????? A-Level results are traditionally published on the third Thursday of August, meaning that students will find out whether they have gained entry to universities where they have a conditional offer.

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

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

September 2023

The final half of 2023 marks the start of the 2023-24 academic year for many schools, notably those in the northern hemisphere. This means you and your students will once again be busy prepping for upcoming Autumn and January deadlines.  It's also the last chance 2022-23 students will have to submit applications through late deadlines in Europe should they still wish to begin their studies in 2023.

Not all dates and deadlines have been confirmed yet... but we can give you enough that you know what to look out for come the summer. 

???????? September 23rd 

Thursday 23 September will be 2023 graduates' and school leavers' last chance to submit their applications to UCAS.

Also in September...

????????????????????????A number of European universities still accept application into September for the upcoming school year - and with cheaper fees, they can be a seriously interesting option for students making last minute plan changes!

September is also when the IB typically roles out updates to its DP curriculum - though these will only affect incoming students (those graduating in 2025) as opposed to students who are halfway through their baccalaureate programme. In 2023, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics and Philosophy have all been scheduled for an update

October 2023

Just like in 2022, October is when applications start to open for the following year - by now, that'll be for your 2024 applicants. 

It'll therefore be a key month for students applying to select UK programmes, as well as those prepping for US Early Action and Early Decision Deadlines. 

15th October

???????? This is the main application deadline for Oxford, Cambridge, and most Medical/Veterinary/Dentistry degrees in the UK. 

17th October

???????? UK Clearing will close for 2023 entry. 

November 2023

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.

For counsellors, that means it's often time to start writing those references and recommendations!

November 1st

???????? November 1st is one of two Early Decision and Action deadlines for students applying to the United States.

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 2023.

November 15th

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

December 2023

By December, your students will either be finalising their applications or navigating key steps of the post-application stage. 

Alongside ensuring all students who've yet to apply are on track to meet key application deadlines in January 2024 and throughout the subsequent spring, it's also time to start thinking about any additional support your students may  need to successfully transition from school to university. 

Stay on top of university deadlines

Don’t forget to keep checking our website as we publish more in-depth guides to 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.

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