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Hurry Up For A Study Abroad Program In Europe, 2024

If you’re aiming for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Europe in 2024, it’s crucial to start your research early. In certain countries, you might need to submit your applications as early as 9 months before the term begins.

What is the deadline for university applications?

University application deadlines vary significantly from one country to another, and they can also be influenced by whether you require a student visa. For instance, to commence studies in autumn 2024, deadlines could range from as early as January 2024 (like in Sweden or Finland) to as late as July 2024 (in Germany), or even extend to August or September (in countries such as Austria or Poland).


Deadlines for applying to the autumn/winter semester of 2024 in Europe

We’ve put together a handy overview of university application deadlines across Europe. Take a look at the table below. These dates typically apply for starting studies in the autumn semester, also known as the fall or winter semester, and are relevant for most public universities in the respective countries.

  • Austria: June to September 2024 (varies by university)
  • Belgium:

– EU/EEA students: typically 1 June 2024

– Non-EEA students: February/March 2024

  • Czech Republic: Usually February to April 2024 for most universities
  • Denmark:

– Bachelor degrees: 15 March 2024

– Master degrees: Varies by program, can be as early as January

  • Estonia: March to June 2024; earlier deadlines for non-EEA citizens
  • Finland:

– Most universities: 17 January 2024

– Some universities of applied sciences: March/April 2024

  • France: February to April 2024 for most universities
  • Germany: 15 July 2024 for most universities/programs; deadlines may vary, especially for visa applicants
  • Hungary: February to May 2024 for most universities
  • Iceland: Varies by university; between January and April 2024
  • Ireland:

– Bachelors: Priority deadline 1 February 2024; later applications possible

– Masters: Varies by university and program

  • Italy: Varies by university; generally from May to July, earlier for visa applicants
  • Latvia: May/June 2024; varies by university
  • Lithuania: June/July 2024
  • Netherlands (Holland):

– Most universities: 1 April or 1 May 2024


– Some offer accommodation assistance for early applicants

  • Norway:

– Non-European students: 1 December 2023

– EU/EEA students: 1 March 2024

  • Poland: Varies by university; generally from July to August 2024
  • Russia: Beginning of July 2024 for most universities
  • Spain: Varies by university; some as early as January, some as late as July
  • Sweden:

– Register application by 15 January 2024

– Submit all documents and pay the application fee by 1 February 2024

  • Switzerland: Varies by university; generally from February to April, earlier for visa applicants
  • United Kingdom:

– Bachelors/Undergraduate: Usually by January; Clearing applications accepted from July to October 2024

– Master/Postgraduate: Varies by university; some accept applications until summer, and popular courses fill up earlier.

Keep in mind that certain study programs or private universities might have application deadlines that fall outside the dates listed in the table. It’s essential to start your research early to avoid any last-minute rush or surprises.

What documents are required for your university application?

The application deadlines provided in the data above typically indicate the deadline by which you must have submitted your complete application. It’s advisable to confirm the specifics with the universities. Generally, when applying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s program, you’ll need to submit the following documents:

– Cover letter (or motivation letter)

– Curriculum vitae (CV, or resume)

– Previous degree certificates or grade transcripts

– Proof of English proficiency (usually IELTS or TOEFL)


– Copy of your passport or national ID

– Academic reference letters (sometimes)

– Documentation for program-specific requirements

In some instances, certain documents may be submitted after the application deadline, as long as you initiated your application before that date. Be sure to review the admissions guidelines to understand precisely which documents are required and when they need to be submitted.

Is it possible for me to apply to the university at a later date?

It’s highly advisable to apply by the official application deadlines. In some instances, it might even be technically impossible to apply later, as the application portals may be closed. However, many universities across various countries do accept late applications if there are still vacancies available.

What steps should I take if I’ve missed the university application deadline?

Even if you’ve missed the application deadline for a study program, there’s still a chance you can apply and be admitted. Here’s what you should do:

  • Check the university’s website, as well as the country’s application system website. You might find information on how to apply late.
  • Reach out to the university offering the program via phone or email, and inquire about their policy on late applications. Focus on convincing them of your candidacy rather than dwelling on why you missed the deadline.
  • Once you confirm that a late application will be considered, waste no time: Gather all required documents and submit them promptly. You could be in for a lucky break!

What happens if I’m unable to obtain a visa within the given timeframe?

If you’re considering studying in a country that requires a student visa, it’s important to understand that visa processing times can be lengthy and the outcome uncertain. This is why application deadlines for non-EU students are often much earlier.

Most embassies offer guidance on typical wait times for initial appointments and the overall processing duration. The sooner you have this information, the better you can plan. We recommend starting this process approximately two years before your intended start date for studying in Europe. While the actual visa application usually requires you to have an offer from a university, being well-prepared early on will help streamline the rest of the process.


Countries that allow late applications

In certain countries like Sweden or Finland, universities often require you to submit your applications very early, with first-round deadlines typically falling in January. However, it’s common for late applications to be accepted for a second admissions round. This could be advantageous if the courses you’re applying to didn’t receive enough applicants initially.

On the other hand, some countries generally have much later application deadlines. In the Baltic countries—Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania—you can typically apply to universities until June. German public universities commonly extend their application deadlines until mid-July. In Austria and Poland, there are instances where you can submit your application until shortly before the start of the semester.

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