Study in the UK: Timeline for September 2021 Intake

By Neha Kumari Updated On - May 05, 2021 12:47 PM

The UK universities are all set to begin their admission process for the 2021 academic session. The first intake happens in January followed by another intake in September. In this article, we shall discuss the timeline to apply for September intake in the UK.

The UK has been one of the popular destinations among Indian students for pursuing higher education. In the past few years, there has been a surge in the number of Indian students applying for admission to UK universities with more than 30,000 students enrolled in various universities across the country.  While the COVID-19 pandemic has led to travel restrictions for international students, the recent relaxation in arrivals have given them a sigh of relief and they can now start planning to study in the UK in 2021.

Another good news is that the UK government has removed the restrictions on students to stay and work in the country after completing their education. Now, international student graduates can continue to stay in the country for two years with a work permit. This is another major reason why many students are planning to apply to UK universities in 2021.

If you are among those planning to take admission in UK universities, then check the timelines for the September 2021 intake and other necessary information here in this article.

September Intake in the UK for International Students 

The colleges and universities in the UK offer two intakes every year. The first session begins in January/ February and the second intake begins in September/ October. The 2020 intake for UK universities has concluded with most classes being offered in online and blended formats. September is the preferred intake for international students in the UK. More than 80% of the students apply for admission in September intake in the UK universities. Students are advised to start preparing for admission as early as possible and submit all the required documents at the university before the deadline dates.

The UK universities are all set to begin their new intake for the 2021 academic session which commences in January followed by September. Most universities are likely to offer blended and online classes for the upcoming session as well, just like the ongoing sessions. The idea is to ensure safety and well being of everyone during the COVID 19 situation.

Over 6000-course options are available for students in various disciplines and universities across the UK. The universities have now started processing applications for 2021 intakes. Check details of September 2021 timeline here:

Timeline For September 2021 Intake In the UK 

Among the two intakes in the UK, September is the most preferred choice of students. It is the term when the largest number of students are enrolled in the UK Universities. While the deadline to submit the application varies university wise, the application process usually begins 8 to 6 months before the commencement of the session. Applicants must ensure to confirm the application process and dates and apply for before the deadline.

Timeline for September Intake in UK

 Based on the September intake, here is the timeline to complete the application process. 

Timeline Activity
April 2020 to September 2020 Shortlist universities and confirm the application process and deadline dates. 
June 2020 to December 2020 Prepare for the test and take the test.  
August 2020 to December 2020 Start Writing SOP and Prepare for other documents like Letter of Recommendation, Transcript etc. 
December 2020 to July 2021 Start Submitting the Application Form
April 2021 to July 2021 Accept Offer and Apply for Student Visa 
July 2021 to August 2021 Plan Your Travel 

Wish to Study in the UK?

Check detailed timeline for September intake UK for 2021 session here: 

April 2020 to September 2020: Shortlist Universities

Here are the things that you must plan in the beginning to study abroad:

  • Shortlist the list of universities and courses that you want to apply.
  • Check the application process and eligibility to apply for admission in a specific area of study. 
  • Also, find out if there is any scholarship suitable for you to apply.
  • Check other details like international recognition of the course, post-study work permit and scope of studies. 
June 2020 to December 2020: Take Test

Once you are sure of about the university and course you want to apply, follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Take tests like SAT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL or IELTS whichever is suitable for you. 
  • Ensure to prepare well for the test to score well in the first attempt.
  • In case you are unable to score well in the first attempt, retake the test within the same time period.
August 2020 to December 2020: Prepare Documents

There are some mandatory documents that must be submitted along with the application form. You must keep the following documents handy before filling the application form:

  • Statement of Purpose.
  • Letter of Recommendation. 
  • Transcripts of qualifying examination
  • Test scores 
December 2020 to July 2021: Submit Application

As an international student, you must submit the application form as early as possible so that there is enough time to apply for a visa and prepare for travel. Generally, the final deadline for the submission of applications is July but you must try to submit it by April. The guidelines to submit the application form is as follows:

  • Start submitting your application from December and upload all the mandatory documents. Ensure to complete the application before the deadline of the respective university. 
  • The application is accepted online.  Create an account on the official website of the university, access the application for form for a specific course and fill in the complete application form.
  • You can also write to us at abroad@collegedekho.com or call us at 785 9990 990 for assistance related to the application process for admission in the UK universities.
April 2021 to July 2021: Apply for Visa

Once the application is accepted by the university, you will be sent an offer letter from the university via mail. Accept the offer letter and apply for a student visa.

  • In order to apply for a UK student visa, you need to have a valid offer letter from the UK university.
  • Thoroughly check and accept the terms and conditions mentioned in the offer letter before accepting it.
  • Keep checking the registered email ID for any updates related admission process.
  • You can also apply for education loan and scholarships during this time period to receive financial aid. 
July 2021 to August 2021: Plan Your Travel
  • Once all documents are prepared you can book your tickets and plan your journey.
  • You must also book for campus accommodation or residential stay before arrival in the country.
  • Make sure to go through the travel guidelines and follow the instructions to ensure hassle-free travel and visit to the UK. 

Note: The travel guidelines are strict due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Students planning for 2021 intake must go through the updated information and follow the guidelines accordingly. 

Application Deadline for September 2021 Intake in the UK 

International students who want to apply for admission in more than one UK universities at a time can use the UCAS system. The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is an organisation that manages the application process of UK universities. UCAS provides various services like an online application portal to apply to universities, search tools and various information related to admissions. 

The deadline to complete the application process for different universities is also defined at the UCAS portal. Through UCAS, a candidate can apply for admission in undergraduate courses offered at various universities.

Find out the important UCAS dates to apply for September intake in the UK.

Events Tentative Deadlines
Deadline for the Majority of Undergraduate Courses June  30, 2021 
Last Date to Apply via UCAS Extra  July 04, 2021
UCAS Clearing Opens July 5, 2021 
A-Level Result August 19, 2021 
Final Deadline September 21, 2021 

Note: International students who wish to defer September 2020 courses to 2021 are free to apply for the aforementioned dates.

How to Apply to UK Universities for the 2021 Session? 

International students seeking admissions in the UK can apply directly at the university or they can apply at multiple universities at a time through UCAS. The preferred choice of students is UCAS. 

The step by step application process for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies is discussed below: 

Undergraduate Application Process 

Step 1: Create an Account on UCAS Portal

 In order to apply through UCAS, the first time users must register and create an account on UCAS portal.

Step 2: Fill the Application Form

Once a UCAS account is created, the applicant can access the online application form and start filling it. The applicant must ensure to provide correct information in the application form. Along with the application, they must submit the required supporting documents for undergraduate admission. It include Personal Statement, Academic Transcripts and Certificates (with English translations, if required), English proficiency test scores References

Step 3: Pay the Application Fees 

The application fee for UCAS is £24, if a student applies for two or more Universities or courses and £13 for one choice. 

Step 4: Track the Application Status

Students can track the status of the application by logging to the official website of UCAS. Please note the application number for future references.

Also Read: Part-Time Job Options in the UK for International Students

Postgraduate Application Process 

The postgraduate application process for international students at UK universities is pretty straightforward. Filter in the university’s online prospectus to find the courses relevant to your field of study and career plan available on the UCAS and then follow the steps given below

Step 1:  Create an Account on the University’s Application Portal

Once the relevant course offered by a university is selected, the applicant will be asked to create a new user account for the respective university. Click ‘New User’ and create an account.

Step 2: Fill the Application

Once an account is created, log in and Enter all of the required personal and academic information accurately and ensure that it matches that mentioned on your supporting documents.

Step 3: Upload Documents

Upload the required supporting documents with your postgraduate application. It includes Personal Statement, Academic Transcripts / Degree Certificate (with English translations, if required), Proof of English proficiency, References, Work Samples / Portfolio and Resume.

Note: Some candidates may also be asked to appear for an interview before a decision can be made on their application.

List of UK Universities to Apply for UG Admission in 2021

Check the list of some popular universities to apply for UG admission in UK for September 2021 academic term: 

University 

Popular UG course & Fee 

Courses on Offer

Tuition Fee Range (in INR)

Queen Mary University of London

B.S (Econ) (Hons.) Economics, Finance and Management

INR 18,02,190

List of Courses 

13,86,300 - 23,05,900

University of Essex

B.S in Information and Communication Technology

INR 12,95,728

List of Courses

12,95,800 - 17,95,300 

University of Leeds

B.E in Electronics and Electrical Engineering

INR 21,94,975

List of Courses 

17,56,000 - 35,12,000 

University of Stirling

B.S (Hons.) Biology: INR 13,69,664

B.A (Hons.) in Business Studies: INR 11,06,29

List of Courses 

11,50,700 - 19,17,800

Liverpool John Moores University

B.S (Hons.) Computer Studies, 

B.S (Hons.) Biomedical Science: INR 14,87,962

List of Courses 

10,16,700 - 14,88,000

University of Chester

B.E Mechanical Engineering

INR 11,04,419

List of Courses 

10,16,700 - 11,32,200

University of Birmingham

B.S Computer Science

 INR 18,21,598

List of Courses 

16,59,900 - 26,78,400

Coventry University

BBA (Hons.) with Placement year

 INR 12,84,638

List of Courses 

8,62,600 - 17,19,100 

Manchester Metropolitan University

B.A (Hons.) International Business Management

INR 12,84,638

List of Courses 

12,06,100 - 15,71,200

List of UK Universities to Apply for PG Admission in 2021

Check the list of some popular universities to apply for PG admission in UK for September 2021 academic term: 

University 

Popular PG course & Fee 

Courses on Offer

Tuition Fee Range (in INR)

University of East Anglia

M.S Operations and Logistics Management

INR 17,09,770

List of Courses 

14,69,500 - 18,66,900

University of Bristol

M.S in Advanced Computing

INR 20,05,514

List of Courses 

15,25,000 - 26,61,700

University of Westminster

MA Interior Design, M.S Health Psychology

INR 11,55,250

List of Courses 

11,55,300 - 18,02,200

Queen's University Belfast

Masters in Law

INR 12,41,201

List of Courses 

12,41,300 - 19,87,100

University of Lincoln

M.E (Hons.) Mechanical Engineering (Control Systems)

INR 14,6,478

List of Courses 

14,14,100 - 14,78,800

Also Read: Study in the UK- Timeline for January 2021 Intake

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