Study in UK: Timeline for September 2023 Intake

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Anumika Bahukhandi
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Updated on Jan 17, 2023 16:48 IST

Study in UK: Timeline for September 2021 intake


Overseas students wishing to apply for higher education in the UK should note that there are generally three available intakes - Fall or September intake, Winter or January intake, and Summer or May intake. The majority of foreign nationals like to get themselves enrolled for the September intake as during that time almost all the institutions in the country are open for admission and offer a wide variety of academic programmes which one can choose from. Also, students are offered the maximum scholarships and other financial assistance for the September intake.

The article explains the step-by-step procedure that prospective applicants should follow before applying for a university/college in the UK.

  • Prepare for required standardised tests like GMATGRE, UKCAT, TOEFL or IELTS - depending on the course and university.
    • Three months before the test date, register for GMAT/ register for GRE.
    • Register for TOEFL/ IELTS at least a month before the test date.
    • Take the required tests around April or May 2022 for the September 2023 intakePlan for buffer time in case you need to retake the test. Check test-taking and re-exam processes and guidelines.
    • While you are preparing for tests, make sure that you start your preliminary work on resume, SOP, letters of recommendation, etc.
  • Start early and by August 2022, shortlist 8-12 universities that you will apply to. Visit university websites and note application requirements, deadlines etc. You should also be prepared with complete information on your finances/ scholarships/ loans.
  • Start working on the UCAS admission form (for UG courses) and individual college applications (for PG courses).
  • Do some initial research on various accommodation options.
  • Shortlist the colleges and prepare for your application. Think hard about what makes you unique as an applicant and sketch out your strengths and self-assessment.
  • Contact your professors and direct managers for the required 2-3 reference letters. At least a month before your application deadline. Check the deadline timetable!
  • Begin drafting your SOP and essays. Give a month’s time to structure these documents properly.
  • Apply before the deadline!
  • Do not delay replying to college e-mails.
  • Appear for personal/video interviews. These are scheduled around January to March 2023.
  • Once you get acceptance letters, make your decision as soon as possible.
  • Depending on the deadline, notify the universities of your decision.
  • You would need to pay a non-refundable deposit to confirm your admission.
  • Search for and begin applying for external scholarships (if applicable).
  • Apply for a student loan, after you get your acceptance letter.
  • Gather paperwork for your student visa.
  • Apply for your student visa in time. Keep in mind the time taken for visa processing!
  • Book airline tickets.
  • Arrange for an International Debit/Credit card.
  • Collect all the documents and their photocopies, to take along.
  • Check out the UK Student Visa checklist.

The table given below will provide you a brief overview of the UK September intake 2023. Students must note that these dates provide you with a broad picture. For exact dates, you must check university websites.

Month/ Year


By April or May 2022

Appear for the necessary test

April – August 2022

Shortlist the universities + Know about the application process + Gather complete information on finances/ loans/ scholarships

September – December 2022

Start of application process for September 2023 intake

January – February 2023

Deadline for application and document uploading closes

January/ February – March 2023

Admission process and shortlisting

March – July 2023

Publication of results

July – August 2023

Deadline for accepting the offer

August – September 2023

Orientation week and beginning of classes

Students, who wish to pursue undergraduate course from the UK, need to apply through UCAS. The following table provides you UCAS deadlines for September 2023 intake:



15 October 2022

25 January 2023

Majority of Other Courses

23 February 2023

UCAS Extra Opens

30 June 2023

Applications received after 6 pm enter into UCAS Clearing

5 July 2023

Clearing 2023 Opens

21 September 2023

Final date for UCAS undergraduate applications for 2023

17 October 2023

Clearing closes

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UK September Intake Timeline FAQs

Q. When should I start my preparations for UK September intake?

A. The earlier you start, the better it is. Make sure that your test scores, documents, finances, and other related requirements are ready well before the admission applications commence. You must start at least 15 months before the desired intake. You should also be prepared with complete information on your finances/ scholarships/ loans.

Q. What if I face rejection in the university of my choice?

A. Always have a backup plan. Before you begin your application to your desired university, you must have a backup of a few more universities. Applying to multiple universities provides you with a cushion. Due to increased competition and high application rates, obtaining admission into your targetted institution might not always be possible. Keeping a second or a third option is always recommended as it will same your time as well as effort in case your application gets rejected at the first university you're aiming for. 

Q. What are the application deadlines for a Bachelor's and a Master's course in the UK?

A. For Bachelor's courses, the first deadline is January 15th with the last date of the application being June 30th usually. The deadline for medicine and dentistry courses is October 15th. For the postgraduate or master's courses, different deadlines may exist. Applicants are therefore advised to reach out to consultants in the UK to inquire about the last date of application for their preferred course.

Q. What are the important points that I need to take care of before applying to the UK universities?

A. Before you apply to the UK universities make sure that your test scores are ready, your documents are arranged and filed, and your finances are ready. You should also do some research on accommodation. If your university has an option for accommodation, you must contact their office at the earliest. Think hard about what makes you unique as an applicant and sketch out your strengths and self-assessment.

Q. What if I miss the UK September intake 2023 deadline?

A. If you miss out on the UK September intake 2023 deadline, then you must look for those universities that have their admission process going on. Else, you should start preparing for the next intake as soon as possible. You may also look at other countries such as Canada, Finland, etc.

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7 months ago

I had applied at one of the UK universities in May 2022 for their September 2022 intake. Do I still have a chance to get in?

Reply to Hyfa


anish gupta

9 months ago

I am aiming for 2023 Fall semester admission in the UK.
When should I start applying for college applications?

Reply to anish gupta


Harshal Gadhekar

8 months ago

For early applications you can start apply from October/September. And take your tests in July


Suraj hegde

11 months ago

I want to purse a masters in computer science related courses.Is it possible me to apply for September intake.If yes what is procedure need to follow,like Tests etc?

Reply to Suraj hegde

Srishti Chatterjee

11 months ago

If you want to start the process from scratch that you won't be able to apply for September 2022. You can start the application process for Sept 2023 from now,

aditya srivastav

12 months ago

I want to do MSc data science in UK. If i start preparation of IELTS today then for which intake I should focus on?

Reply to aditya srivastav

Srishti Chatterjee

12 months ago

If you start preparation now then you can target Fall' 23 admissions.

I am studying 10th grade right now. I am aiming for medicine in UK.I will have completed my 12th grade by April 2024. But my wish is to start my course in September 2024. So, when should I start and submit my application? If it is before my final exams, should I get predicted score from my school?

Reply to Senthil Velu Sivakumar

You should apply only after getting your Grade 12 scores. As the whole process takes months, you should aim for Sep 2025 intake.

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