Unlike a single intake in the Indian education system, colleges and universities abroad have various intakes in an academic year. Thus, when you apply for any of the universities in countries like Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the UK and the US, you can choose from more than one intake each year. For instance, if you missed the Spring intake this year, you can always try for the next intake in January instead of waiting for a complete year.
Most universities and colleges abroad offer two intakes – Fall and Spring. The fall intake usually starts in September (which ends in December) whereas the Spring intakes begin in January (and ends in May). Certain universities and colleges also offer a minor intake in Summer that begins in April.
Intakes may vary based on the program and institution. In certain institutions, intakes may also be referred to as terms or semesters. You must always check the official website of your preferred institution to confirm the available intake.
When choosing which intake to opt for, it is important to consider the availability of your preferred program, your academic records, entrance test scores, acceptance rates, job opportunities, and your readiness on joining the course. We recommend you start with your applications at least 10-12 months before the date of commencement of your program. For the Fall semester, ensure to have your score by April and for Spring, start no later than August.
|This is available in every university
|This intake may or may not be available for some and you might need to check with the university acceptance
|You might face severe competition as many students prefer this intake and chances of your application being accepted are minimal you
|You might not face much competition in this intake as not many students prefer to opt for it due to which acceptance rate of your applications is quite high
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