Application deadlines at European universities 2020
Application deadlines at European universities 2020

Application deadlines at European universities 2020

Each year, application deadlines are the time window allowing university students to apply for their chosen study – Bachelors, Masters, etc. And even though some dates can be similar when comparing two countries in Europe, it is often a case of additional factors too. For example, you could be applying for a private university rather than a public one, or enrolling for a Masters that accepts students throughout the whole year with the help of online application.

Regardless of your given scenario, we have gathered information about deadlines in a whole range of countries around Europe – with the sole idea of introducing you to the most generally announced periods.

What should you keep in mind before looking at the application calendar below?

First of all, you are most probably aware of the fact that deadlines for application are most often separated for studies beginning either during the winter and summer semester.

Due to this reason, our MASTER AND MORE application calendar will attempt to provide you with dates for both, whenever possible, but we recommend that you also consult with the official webpage of your chosen higher education institution for the most precise and up-to-date periods for applying.

Furthermore, note that it is not only the university that could be regulating specific application deadlines, as they can also depend on your chosen field/programme, country of origin and study mode. For those looking to apply for a Masters, admission periods tend to be more flexible given the variability of the given dates by most European universities.

Application deadlines calendar for Europe in 2020

CountryDeadline - winter/summer semester
AustriaBefore 5 September/before 5 February
BulgariaEnd of August
DenmarkBefore 15 March/before 1 September
FinlandBetween 8 and 22 January
IcelandApril-May/December. Before 1 February (internationals)
ItalyBefore 15 May
GermanyBefore 15 July/before 15 January
NorwayCheck with your chosen university individually
SpainBeginning of June, but check with your university
SwedenBefore 15 January/before 15 August
The Netherlands15 January (Numerus fixus programmes), 1 May (all other study courses)
The United Kingdom15 January/end of September for some courses starting in 2020

NB: Whenever there is one application date or period given in this table, it is for the winter semester only.

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Preparing for application

Needless to say, it is important to have each necessary admission document prepared a reasonable amount of time before applying either online or on-site. It is best to prepare a list with some generally required documentary, which, for a Masters degree, can often be:

  • Application form
  • Bachelors degree in the same or similar field you are applying for (sometimes translated)
  • Foreign language certificate – in English, German, Spanish, etc.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Reference
  • Personal documents – national ID, passport

Your checklist can then be expanded with some country and programme-specific requirements or other, rather uncommon application documents:

  • Admission test
  • Student visa

Finally, it is worth considering application deadlines for public accommodation – given that you can be provided with one, and funding opportunities such as grants and scholarships. In most cases, they are reasonably similar to the dates and periods for admission, but it is always best to take them into consideration beforehand.

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