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If you want to get a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Europe in 2018, it is important to do your research early. In some countries, you may have to submit your applications up to 9 months before the start of term.

When do university applications close?

We have sourced an overview of university application deadlines in Europe – check out the table below. These application dates apply to the majority of universities in the respective countries. Some study programmes, or some private universities, may have different application deadlines before or after the entries in the table. Be sure to do your research early so that you won’t be caught in a hurry.

Europe: Application deadlines for autumn/winter semester 2018

Country Common application deadlines
Austria June to September 2018 (varies by university)
Denmark 15 March 2018 (Bachelor degrees); varies for Master degrees
Estonia between March and June 2018; deadlines non-EEA citizens are usually earlier
Finland January 2018 (most universities); March/April 2018 (some UAS)
Germany 15 July 2018 (most universities/programmes)
Ireland 1 February 2018 (online) or 1 May 2018 (late paper applications)
Latvia May/June 2018; varies by university
Lithuania June 2018
Netherlands (Holland) 1 April 2018 or 1 May 2018 for most universities
Norway 15 March 2018
Sweden 16 January 2018
United Kingdom varies by university; some accept applications until the summer; some popular courses are full much earlier

Which documents do you need for your university application?

The application closing dates in the table above usually mean that by then you must have submitted your complete application. Check with the universities for the details – but in general, applying for a Bachelor or Master means you have to submit the following documents:

  • Cover 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 programme-specific requirements

Can I apply to university later?

It is definitely recommended to apply by the official application deadlines – and in some cases it is even technically impossible to apply later, because the websites through which you would have applied are shut down. However, many universities in many countries allow late entries when there are still places available. If you realise that you have missed the deadline, call or e-mail the university that offers the programme, and ask if they will accept a late application. You may just be in luck!

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