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Application deadlines at European universities 2019
Application deadlines at European universities 2019
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Application deadlines at European universities 2019

Dealing with deadlines is stressful as they are usually quite important and if you miss one, you might have to wait until next year. Or you even miss your chance completely (when it comes to dormitories). Thus, the best thing you can do is to check them early on and plan the dates in your calendar, send a notification to your e-mail, install an app or use any kind of reminder – there are no rules as long as you apply on time.

In this article you can find the application deadlines for state universities in some of the most attractive study destinations in Europe. 

What you need to know before you look at the application calendar

We have also made a research that can give you a general overview of the application deadlines in Europe. Keep in mind that some universities enroll students during the whole year, however the studies start as per normal either in the winter or summer semester. 

In most countries there are no fixed dates for all Masters applications and different universities set different rules. The application periods depend on the type of the education institution, the study programme, your country of origin and a few other aspects, hence they vary a lot. 

When you choose your Masters and the respective university that offers it, you should check their deadlines. Furthermore, we advise you to even contact the institution directly to make sure that the information you have found is up to date and no changes are expected.

Application deadlines calendar in Europe

CountryDeadline
AustriaBefore 1 September; before 1 February
Belgium1 June (EEA students); February, March (non-EEA students)
BulgariaEnd of August
Czech Republic February - April
DenmarkBefore 15 March; before 1 September
IcelandMay - June
ItalyMay - September
FranceOctober - January; February - May
GermanyBefore 15 July; before 15 January
NetherlandsBefore 1 May; before 15 January
Norway1 December – 1 March
PolandEnd of August
SpainBefore 1 July
Sweden15 October – 15 January
SwitzerlandMostly until 15 January, however each university should be checked individually
United Kingdom15th of January, however each university should be checked individually and fast before the places are full


Preparation for your application

By the end of the application periods you must prepare all your documents and send them. Keep in mind, that some documents have to be sent separately and prior to others. If you need a visa or you have to take a language exam, prepare to start your application process earlier than the standard dates given in the table above. 

You have to go to the university website or ask a representative about the full list of needed documents, but in general, applying for a Bachelor or Masters means you have to submit the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae (CV, or resume)
  • Previous degree certificates or grade transcripts (usually in the local language or English)
  • Proof of English proficiency (usually IELTS or TOEFL)
  • Copy of your passport or national ID
  • Academic reference letters (sometimes)
  • Documentation for programme-specific requirements

Apply for student accommodations!

Finally, it is worth keeping in mind that application periods for public accommodation are often closely tied with the admission deadlines. In most cases, it is even recommended that you apply for university housing as soon as you have submitted your documents at chosen universities and you are waiting for feedback. And remember to not waste any time between your Bachelor and Masters – aim to invest as much as you can!

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